According to Joshua Nimmo, good architecture is created by ‘hard workers, risk takers, renegades, original thinkers and neurotic crafters’. He looks up to big names and this has certainly paid off and resulted in the special family home we show here.
One of the first questions we often ask architects, in order to get an idea of their style, design philosophy or work process, is who they look up to. Joshua Nimmo of the American NIMMO Architecture drops the names of architects whose work varies quite a lot, but always leaves a big impression. At first there was Louis Kahn and pioneers such as Thom Mayne, Steven Holl and Tadao Ando. Others such as Tom Kundig, John Pawson and Marcio Kogan inspired Nimmo by their focus on real craftsmanship. Later he also started to look more at the work of smaller agencies. He tells us that he himself is always divided between creating ambitious projects and something quieter, more nuanced. What he looks up to most of all – and what shouldn't come as a surprise of course – is great architecture and great design in general. According to Nimmo, these are simply the result of ‘hard workers, risk takers, renegades, original thinkers and neurotic crafters’. In our opinion, Joshua Nimmo's broad outlook and these various influences have certainly borne fruit and determine the special approach with which he carries out his own work. Oldrange Family Home was the first large significant project that Joshua Nimmo carried out with his architectural firm. ‘Our firm aspires to create poetic spaces that invite exploration, inspire reflection, and nurture belonging,’ explains Nimmo. The perfect example of this approach is the residence we show here, which houses three generations: children, their parents and their grandparents. With many open spaces that bring the residents into contact with each other, as well as with nature, and some smaller spaces where they can relax individually, well-being and personal development in various areas are the key features of this sustainable residence.
‘A successful marriage of architecture and interior design’
Moreover, as Joshua Nimmo tells us, the residents chose to furnish the residence as little as possible when they first moved in. They took about a year to understand and absorb the architecture in order to get a clearer idea of how they would use the spaces. The interior design we see here was created in collaboration with Joshua Rice of the design agency of the same name in Dallas. ‘We greatly admire his work and felt that his overall aesthetic and subdued and curated design sense would be a perfect complement to the architecture,’ says Nimmo. The fact that the completion of this project was not rushed was a great benefit to the residence and the intended sense of belonging. ‘It was a great opportunity to be able to work on such an architecturally distinct and refined space. I am a strong adherent to good architecture, so it was important to me that my interiors be a complimentary continuation of the existing framework. I never want one of my interiors to overtake or complete with the architecture. I think this project was a successful marriage of architecture and interior design,’ says Joshua Rice with great enthusiasm. The soothing palette of natural tones and materials provided a perfect base that was stylishly complemented and even highlighted by the equally understated interior design. Here we see the perfect balance between ambitious choices and solutions and more nuanced elements. Nimmo doesn't need to focus on just one approach and we hope to discover many more of his projects that stimulate discovery, reflection and a sense of grounding and connection. You can read the full article on Oldrange Family Home and NIMMO Architecture in Imagicasa Autumn 2020. This issue is still available to order on our webshop.
Photography by Costa Christ, Joshua Nimmo and Robert Tsai
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