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Elegance Elegance in Architecture, first published in Le Tour Sutton, May 2011.

Have you ever had an architectural revelation -- the experience of being in a place whose design is so powerful and uplifting that the sight, sound and even smell seem to transport you back to the time and state of mind of the designer, leaving the space forever etched in your memory? I will never forget the granite walls of the King's Chamber deep within the Great Pyramid of Cheops, or the light streaming through the oculus of the ancient Roman Pantheon. Three other memorable spaces come to mind, remarkable for their supremely satisfying architectural elegance, that rare condition in which all aspects of the design of a space have been artfully and authoritatively resolved.

Let's begin our Architectural Elegance Tour in Florence, Italy ...more...

 


 

Harmony The Search for Harmony in Architecture, first published in Le Tour Sutton, November 2010.

Let's travel back in time 2,500 years to the Greek island of Samos. A mathematician is investigating musical intervals and harmonics by tuning a single-string instrument, the monochord. He discovers that if the string length is reduced by half, its pitch is exactly one octave higher. Certain ratios such as 2:3 and 3:4 produce pleasing sounds, others create irritating disharmony. Pythagoras (570 - 495 BCE) had discovered the mathematics of consonance and dissonance, the foundation of musical harmony...

Ever since that brilliant insight, Pythagoras and others speculated on the existence of a similar mathematical basis for harmony, proportion and beauty in art and architecture...

...In the late 1870s, with the railroad coming to Frelighsburg, the visionary Mayor Joseph Landsberg decided to build what would be for a time the finest imported goods store in eastern Canada. The masons laid up the thick brick walls using a foolproof geometry worthy of the Greeks--the building was 80 by 60 feet in plan, forming a perfect 3/4/5 triangle with a convenient 100 foot hypotenuse. Perhaps more surprisingly, the main facade also measures 60 feet to the top of the cupola. This sturdy tribute to Pythagoras still sits proudly on rue Principale! ...more...

 


 

Five Gifts Five Architectural Gifts That Keep On Giving, first published in Le Tour Sutton, Fall, 2009.

"We shape our spaces; thereafter they shape us..." Winston Churchill's famous maxim comes to mind when pondering this season's theme of "munificence." Let's focus on its positive implications by contemplating the potential for generosity, bounty and inspiration to spill into our daily lives based on the decisions we make as we shape our home designs. Think of them as five architectural gifts that keep on giving...

Lisez Cinq cadeaux de l'architecture qui continuent à prodiguer leurs bienfaits.

La fameuse maxime de Winston Churchill nous vient à l’esprit quand nous réfléchissons au thème de la saison : la Munificence. (Le Tour Sutton, été, 2009) Portons attention à ses implications positives en contemplant le potentiel de générosité, de bienfaisance et d’inspiration, pour les déverser dans notre vie quotidienne, basée sur les décisions que nous prenons en créant l’architecture de nos maisons. Pensez à elles comme cinq cadeaux de l’architecture qui continuent à prodiguer leurs bienfaits...

 


 

The Essential Abode The Essential Abode, first published in Le Tour Sutton, Summer, 2009.

In the hyperbole of the recent boom, the corporate media defined the ideal home as a grandiose "McMansion," a commodity to be "flipped" for quick profit, and a personal ATM for extracting home-equity cash...

Most Townshippers never bought into that myth, but now, like everyone else, they are planning their renovation and new construction projects with greater attention to the fundamentals of residential design, construction and economics. If we can discern a trend, it is a renewed quest for what could be called the Essential Abode...

Lisez La Demeure Essentielle

Les résidents des Cantons ont toujours su apprécier l’interaction qui existe entre architecture et paysage. Tout comme les Grecs anciens alignaient leurs temples de marbre avec les sommets des montagnes sacrées, les premiers colons de la région ont prouvé l’étrange capacité qu’ils possédaient de placer leurs constructions de façon à marier leur style harmonieux à la nature environnante. Qu’est ce qui a encouragé la prospérité de cet esprit ancien de l’architecture dans notre belle région bucolique? Peut-être est-ce lié à l’engouement de nos voisins de la Nouvelle Angleterre pour le courant de renaissance de la Grèce antique, voisins à qui nous avons emprunté tant de constructeurs et de maitres charpentiers...

 


 

Frelighsburg, QuebecGalerie DESIGN, a new exhibit space dedicated to exploring the design process, opens Saturday, August 26th in Frelighsburg. Founded by architect Eden Muir, Galerie DESIGN will celebrate creative thinking, innovative planning and graphical problem-solving, whether recorded on paper or digitally.

In Galerie DESIGN's inaugural exhibition, entitled SCALE, an artist and an architect approach the issue of scale from very different angles. Artist Bernice Sorge creates original prints using plants and leaves, recording astonishing objects from nature at full scale. Architect Eden Muir presents several recent projects, using drawings, photos and scale models to document the design process, while exploring issues related to scale such as perception of space, proportion, and the human body as the fundamental unit of architectural scale. Full press release...

Frelighsburg, Québec – Le samedi 26 août aura lieu l'ouverture officielle de la Galerie DESIGN, un espace consacré à toutes les facettes de l’architecture et du design. Fondée par l’architecte Eden Muir avec un parti-pris pour la créativité et l'innovation, la Galerie DESIGN s'intéresse à l'acte graphique comme mode d'analyse et source d'inspiration, que ce soit sur papier ou par modélisation numérique.

L'exposition d’ouverture de la Galerie DESIGN, intitulée ÉCHELLE, traite de ce rapport entre les dimensions réelles et leur représentation graphique (l’échelle), et met en regard les points de vue d’une artiste graveure et d’un architecte. Bernice Sorge part d’objets réels étonnants, plantes et feuilles, qu’elle décline grandeur nature dans des estampes. Eden Muir se sert de plusieurs réalisations récentes pour mettre en lumière la démarche architecturale à l’aide de dessins, photographies et maquettes. Il propose une réflexion sur la perception de l'espace, les rapports de proportion, et le corps humain comme élément de base de la notion d'échelle en architecture. Communiqué de presse...

 


 

Décormag - July 2006 issue. Cover photo and 8-page article about an Atelier Muir project in Sutton, Québec:

...Sa débrouillardise la ramène sur Internet en quête de l'architecte qui l'aidera à donner corps à son rêve. Et la voilà sur le site d'Eden Greig Muir. Originaire de Bedford, il fait ses études à Columbia University, New York, puis est revenu dans les Cantons-de-l'Est où, entre autres tâches, il restaure les maisons de ferme achetées par les Montréalais.

«  Son travail correspondait exactement à ce que je voulais. Il connaît aussi bien les maisons de la région que l'architecture moderne  », souligne Audrey...


See also architect's notes, design plans and photos of construction.


 

Frelighsburg, 200-year Anniversary Book - Atelier Muir page:

Architecture dans le paysage de Frelighsburg image 1

... Dans plusieurs projets récents de Frelighsburg, Atelier Muir a abordé les questions de tradition et de paysage tout en respectant les exigences de la programmatique...

Architecture in the Frelighsburg Landscape
... In several recent Frelighsburg projects, Atelier Muir has addressed issues of tradition and landscape while meeting modern programmatic requirements... More...

 


 

Brome County News - Article about Atelier Muir by Caroline Kehne:

Townships' native follows the Internet road

...Integrating the latest in digital technology into the architectural design business, Muir's clients can make a virtual visit to their construction site through the firm's Web site, view three-dimensional models of their project, review modifications and see the latest digital photos of work in progress. More...

 


 

Lake Champlain Weekly - Articles by Eden Muir:

 


 






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