Sunshine Canyon house, ongoing


The house up Sunshine Canyon is proceeding along.  This is yet another construction photo of the progress.  The wood panels below the windows have yet to be stained and the final roofing material, corrugated weathering steel, has yet to be installed.  More in a couple of weeks.


Walnut Street historic house renovation, Boulder


This is a photo of very interesting 1890s house in Boulder, Colorado. I have been asked to do a redesign and renovation of this house and its property. The wrap-around porch and porte-cochere are really nice and I feel are absolutely essential. The renovation is going to consist of inserting a more modern interior and letting that interior sneak out a bit to begin a historic/modern dialogue in a more explicit way.

Photo by Mark Gerwing, 2007.



Today I must bid goodbye to my 1992 F150. A good, if not always trusty, truck that served me very well when we lived up at about 9000 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. In four-wheel drive, with chains on, this mighty beast could crawl through about anything, including up our steep and snowy access roads. Unfortunately it is burning about as much oil as gas these days along with a number of other issues. Not as bad as having to put down the family dog, but …

Photo by Mark Gerwing, 2007.

East Boulder house renovation


This is an unbuilt renovation project east of Boulder, Colorado. The client wanted the new house to better reflect the rural farmland that surrounded the site. The original ranch was extended with a covered porch and the garage gained a second story master suite to capture the views of the Indian Peaks to the west.

I designed this project while a principal at Arcadea in Boulder. As is typical with most projects, this one was developed largely in sketches and a computer model, which is the ‘after’ image above.

Photo by Mark Gerwing, computer model by Mark Gerwing, 2006.

Sunshine Canyon custom home design, continued


This is a photo of the south patio under construction on the Sunshine Canyon house. The masonry is proceeding nicely and with it in place, you can see the impact of the massive walls and their sense of enclosure which is ‘slipped’ from the actual living spaces.

See earlier posts on the basic design precepts and ideas.

Photo by Mark Gerwing, 2007.

Pangea Organics Design Competition


A couple of years ago, I entered and won an architecture competition sponsored by Pangea Organics Products. The task was to design a sustainable community to include the small Pangea factory, farm fields, housing, and some retail and civic uses.

Using the basic elemental metaphors of earth, wind, fire and water, the project centers around a series of natural gray water recycling ponds. The buildings were a fairly eclectic mix of strawbale and earth-sheltered housing types gathered around common courtyards and communal buildings.

Chicago-based artist Carrie Iverson, my sister-in-law, collaborated with me on this and I hope to again on future ventures.

Pangea Organics makes really amazing, completely organic bath and body products in Boulder, Colorado and is enthusiastically committed to envisioning a more sustainable path for making and living.

Drawing by Mark Gerwing, 2005.