Thursday, March 25, 2021

Landscape of the Vernal Equinox

 

Landscape of the Vernal Equinox (III), Paul Nash. National Galleries Scotland.

In honor of the transition to spring...

This painting depicts Wittenham Clumps, an ancient British camp in Berkshire. The Clumps can be seen in the background; they are two dome-shaped hills with a thick clump of trees on top. Nash had been familiar with the area for many years, since spending family holidays nearby from 1909. He painted the Clumps in a series of dream-like works, three of which present the vernal (or spring) equinox, with the sun and moon depicted simultaneously in the sky. These paintings were intended as poetic metaphors, referring to the mystery and magic of the perpetual cycles of nature.

See our recent snow collage on Instagram here.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Sparkflight's Virtual Tools

Although we wish to again be with one another in the same physical space, we have learned to adapt and rethink our approach to gathering virtually. As architects and problem-solvers, we look to our toolkit to provide means for visualizing and analyzing three-dimensional space with real-time feedback for our clients. In this post, we'll introduce a few of our tools illustrating how Sparkflight Studios is navigating architectural practice in a virtual environment.

Zoom

This video conferencing platform is well known, and for good reason. We use Zoom on a daily basis, both internally and with our consultants and clients. It's a reliable tool with features that allow for productive and engaging meetings. We find that the annotate and whiteboard options are especially useful when communicating ideas graphically. Often, we screen-share our 3D BIM model and annotate over floor plans to work through problems, and imagine new solutions.

BIMx

BIMx is a unique tool to interactively present 3D models and 2D documentation created within our ArchiCAD software. It can be used on desktop or mobile, and displays compelling visuals of the building with simple pinch and pan navigation. It also has a cut-away feature that easily allows for visuals of interior spaces. A handy tool in the field, BIMx is linked to construction documents for real-time feedback and coordination with the General Contractor and the trades.

Twinmotion

A product of Unreal Engine, Twinmotion is a real-time immersive 3D architectural visualization platform that is directly linked to our ArchiCAD modeling software. Intuitive and powerful, Twinmotion is able to produce stunning visual stills and videos with drag-and-drop features. Pre-programmed "smart assets", such as people, motorways, and trees, automatically adjust to the parameters you define, such as time of day, and atmospheric settings (weather, season, etc.). It's powerful enough to show blades of grass blowing in the wind!

Monday, February 1, 2021

Hockey Puck Art Installation - Lifeguard Arena in Henderson

The mission of the Henderson Arts and Cultural Council is to enrich the quality of life for those who live, work, and play in Henderson through the advancement of arts and culture. 

Under the direction of the City of Henderson, Evolution Art in collaboration with Sparkflight Studios, designed, fabricated, and installed five life-sized hockey puck benches at the new Lifeguard Arena in Henderson, Nevada. Find these fun public art pieces at the south building entrance adjacent to the pair of 25-foot tall chromed hockey sticks!

The hockey sticks also seen in the video are designed by TSK Architects and fabricated and installed by Evolution Art and Blaque Metal Works in collaboration with Sparkflight Studios.

Evolution Art - https://www.evoartnv.com/​

TSK Architects -  https://www.tska.com/​

Sparkflight Studios - https://sparkflightstudios.com/​

Blaque Metal Works - https://blaquemetalworks.com/

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Happy Holidays from Sparkflight Studios!

Water Street holiday decorations

Season's greetings from Sparkflight Studios' Water Street office, and best wishes to you and your loved ones for the upcoming New Year!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Announcement: Sparkflight Studios is WBENC and WOSB Certified


Sparkflight Studios is now certified for WBE and WOSB under the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which means we have an advocate for access, capacity development, recognition, and community support to facilitate real-time business opportunities. WBENC also offers training that helps grow our capacity. WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved WBENC as a Third Party Certifier for Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification as part of the SBA's WOSB Federal Contracting Program. 


WBENC President and CEO, Pamela Prince-Eason, explains the importance of WBENC and WOSB certification to women's business growth in this short video; link here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Construction Updates at Wardelle Street Townhouses

Viewing south at our Wardelle Street Townhouses project as buildings near completion.

Affordable housing is needed now more than ever due to the impact of COVID-19. Our Wardelle Street Townhouses project for the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority provides 57 affordable units to a market in need. Access to stable, decent, affordable, and accessible housing is essential for one's wellbeing.

Late afternoon light illuminates the west facade of Building 1.

Landscaping is in place along parts of Wardelle Street.



Wednesday, November 11, 2020