After starting my summer job, my new driving route led me down streets that I don't take often. One afternoon, this empty little structure in Scottsdale caught my eye, and after that day I could never stop thinking about it. I want to share this small building with you and the very large crush I have on it. I intend to adopt this site as my own little personal imaginary project in upcoming months, and why I think it is just so good.
So first of all, this picture...I die. This building, especially at this angle, just has so much potential in my eyes. It used to house a store called Hopi Liquor, where my dad used to pick up his chew during his baseball days. Nostalgia? Check. Anyway, I've probably driven past this building more times than I can count, and never really thought twice about it until it was empty.
Side note: if the facade looks familiar, you might remember it from this personal style post. Okay, let's get back to the building.
I think the reason it didn't catch my eye for at first, was because for so long I was kind of stuck at a point where I didn't know what I wanted to do in the architecture world. At one point recently, I got frustrated and unmotivated. However, a little bit of summertime relaxation and a clear mind, I've started to realize some of my goals. I plan to write an entire post on this "dream job" of mine, but for now I'll keep it short and say that I want to be an exterior and interior retail architect, also working with graphic design and branding for said retail companies. Still with me?
This building has become like a confirmation of my goals. When I look at it, I picture white graphic font on the windows, an outdoor patio, a steel logo against the brick...it changes every day. Maybe it's a coffee shop, maybe it's a little boutique. But most importantly, it shows me that I would be able to see this kind of potential in other buildings, and that is something I'm excited about.
In an ideal world, I would throw down my savings and buy this baby so I could make my dream become a reality. I researched it a bit, and I don't have a spare 375k laying around. (Side note: that seems a bit steep to me, but it does have an awesome location). But for now, like I said before, I am planning to make this my little imaginary personal project.
What does that entail? Well, at my summer job I have been learning a lot about zoning, land planning, and working with city development departments. I would like to approach this site as if I was dealing with it in the real world, and choose a program within the current zoning regulations (C-2 commercial zoning under the City of Phoenix...in case you were wondering. I know it was killing you.) I then want this project to be a learning opportunity for me. I have never had formal training in graphic design or brand identities, and I plan on using resources available online and teaching myself.
If I can actually find the time to work on this idea, and I think I will because it really excites me, I think it will be a great piece for my portfolio. I touched on this on Instagram the other day, but if you want to do something, go out and do it. I don't work for a retail firm or a graphic designer, but I'm going to put myself in that state of mind and see what comes from it.
The next step is to organize the measurements and notes I've taken, and get to work on my computer with story boards and a digital model. I'd like to hopefully keep you updated on this project as it progresses and what I have learned along the way. Stay tuned for that! I'd also like to thank you for being interested in my architectural musings and reading my blog. If you enjoyed it, look forward to more architecturally geared posts in the future on this site. I feel that I've started to understand what kind of blog I want to create, and I hope you join me!
P.S. I'm headed to California on Thursday night for a last summer hurrah with my friends. I am leaving my computer at home for the weekend, but you can keep up with me on Instagram @punkrockparti