Terrain Influences

Observations by Nina Etnier (LEED Green Associate)

Living Architecture

The Balancing Barn, designed by the Dutch firm MVRDV, Suffolk, England.

This week I am looking at a project which focuses less on the relationship that architecture has with its surroundings, but rather how architecture, solely, can shape an experience. Living Architecture is a project based in the U.K. consisting of six holiday homes designed by some of the most influential architects currently working in and [...]

Terrain Influences: An Introduction


It goes without saying that the architecture and design of any given geographic location holds a great deal of significance for both the inhabitants and visitors. Instantly, and without explanation, bead board wainscoting brings you to Cape Cod, Terra Cotta Roof Tiles to the Mediterranean, a hand cut mosaic tile to Marrakesh. Iconic details serving [...]