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Keystone School

Getting real

One of the artifacts of starting a new office is that the first round of projects are track along one another through the process of design, documentation and construction.  Currently we have five projects under construction, including the Keystone School Central Quad, which had a major concrete pour this week.

Even though the end product of our efforts is something that is profoundly real, as architects we primarily deal with abstractions of reality.  For example we don't actually build anything - we produce drawings that other entities then use to construct buildings.  And so when lines on a page suddenly become 160 tons of concrete pumped overhead and onto a site, it can feel quite extraordinary.  

Extraordinary and terrifying.


Modeling in Gingerbread

1/8 1/8" = 1'-0" more or less

So we at HiWorks and at Studio Balcones have been hard at work for the past several months on designing a new central quad for Keystone School here in San Antonio.  When we heard the school's Parent Teacher Organization was sponsoring a gingerbread house competition, it naturally occurred to us to produce an "unofficial" entry.

For the record, modeling in gingerbread is not an easy task.  We (and by "we" I mean my 4-year-old daughter and I) substituted graham crackers for gingerbread since it seemed like a more workable material.  Even so rendering the design at scale was challenging.  Icing, as it turns out, doesn't form a good moment connection and it is difficult to sand candy canes.