All posts by Jacob Naifeh

Republic Gastro Pub

The Republic Gastro Pub is located in the Classen Curve district of Oklahoma City. It is a sports bar with a nicer feel. The architecture behind this building was led by Elliot + Associates. The shape and design of Republic definitely give off a modern vibe. I have only been to this restaurant and bar once, and I was not disappointed. There are hundreds of different beer bottles lining the walls, as well as tons of televisions for sports. Other sections of the walls are covered in glass with bubbling displays. This lighting really makes the place look good. Leather booths, nice glasses, and cloth napkins take away the average ‘sports bar’ feel. Overall, I think Republic is a really great addition to Oklahoma City. It would be a good place to grab lunch or even watch a Thunder game. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 4.05.48 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-04 at 4.07.18 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-04 at 4.06.46 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-04 at 4.18.32 PM

Hillside Residence

This residential home is located in Austin, Texas. The home was designed by ‘Element 5 Architecture,’ an elemental design group from Austin. The 2,600 square foot Hillside Residence features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a 3-car garage. The white stone looks very good with the dark wooden garage. I also like how most of the windows are each just one large pane of glass. My favorite part is the view that comes with the house. The back patio looks like a great place to relax and stare off into the distance. Inside of the home also looks to have a comfortable amount of space. Wood floors and a leather sectional couch facing a mounted tv and fireplace – can’t go wrong. I like also size and shape of the kitchen island. The bathrooms are pretty nice too! I really like the color of the stone that the designers chose for the shower and bath. Overall, this place looks awesome! This elemental design is definitely a dream home. Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.31.24 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.25.24 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.25.51 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.26.24 PM

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

One of my favorite buildings on campus is the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. I especially like this building at night. The sharp angles and bright white stone look so crisp with all of the lights on display. It contrasts with the dark sky and looks almost like something you would see in Washington D.C. The symmetrical look is also very appealing to me. My favorite detail is the small wall and tan colored gravel bordering the entire museum. It is not really something you would notice unless walking by, but it definitely adds to the design. Currently, the museum has a collection of busts in the northeast wing. At night, the white stone sculptures look awesome through the glass windows. I think the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is a perfect building to have near busy campus corner streets. Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.08.06 PM


WithinSodo is an event center located in Seattle, Washington. This is another example of elemental architecture from Chris Pardo. WithinSodo is a three-story complex that holds private parties, art shows, weddings, and much more. My favorite part of the design is the 3,000 square foot rooftop deck. The rooftop features built-in heaters, fireplaces, seating, bars, and a great view. WithinSodo can hold up to 500 people and caters to nearly any type of event. I really like how they incorporated all of plants on the rooftop. The parallel wood floor panelling looks sleek. My one recommendation would be to change the rust color.Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 8.08.52 PM

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Prefab Cabin

This is an elemental design by Method Homes. The Prefab Cabin is nestled in the forrest and has a wooden theme all over the home. This design maximizes space by having a garage beneath living  area. I am also a fan of the stairs to the front door. It creates a unique look for the house. The lighter shade of wood inside the house looks good with the bright lighting. I really like how the kitchen table has bench seating, rather than all chairs. Opening up the back doors to the patio would make for a lovely dinner.  During the day time, the patio would be a perfect place to sit down and read a book. Overall, this place is awesome! Definitely one of my favorite elemental designs that I have researched so far. I would live there in a heartbeat. 
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Melton Truck Lines

Melton is a flatbed trucking company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Recently, Melton built a brand new 77,000 square foot building. The atrium design of the three story building allows each level of management to feel a sense of connection. The first floor includes a restaurant, store,  and 24/7 workout facility. These aminities are great for the truck drivers that are coming and going, no matter what the clock shows. My favorite part of the Melton Truck Lines headquarters was the covered deck on the third floor. The spot overlooks a lovely pond, miles of trees, and the entire Tulsa skyline. Tulsa architects, Kinslow, Kieth, and Todd did a fantastic job designing this building.

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Iquique Housing

Elemental is an architecture group from Santiago, Chile. The first project Elemental ever took on was a challenge to say the least. They were asked to rehouse 100 families on the same plot of land, while staying within the standard government subsidy of $7,500 per home. It was viewed as a social investment, rather than a social expense. The designers stressed the importance of essentials: structure, kitchen, and bathroom. The reconstruction of the Iquique housing units double the space for inhabitants. It also increased the value of their initial homes. Overall, I think Elemental did a fantastic job on this reconstruction project. Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 11.19.18 AM Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 11.18.51 AM

South Park Lofts

Here is another example of elemental architecture from Chris Pardo. This is an awesome design! The kitchen looks very spacious. Even the refrigerator is built into the wall to maximize space. I do find it odd, however, that there are two chairs missing from the picture… Who sits like that? My favorite part about this design is definitely the garage door patio. Seattle weather would be perfect for opening up the garage door for some fresh air. There are even solar panels outside. I think Chris Pardo did a great job designing the South Park Lofts. If I ever find myself working in Seattle, I’ll definitely have to look into these. Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 11.20.13 AMScreen Shot 2015-09-30 at 11.23.03 AMScreen Shot 2015-09-30 at 11.20.34 AM

Sonoma Residence

Chris Pardo is an architect from Seattle, Washington. His work is primarily focused on elemental architecture. This is a residential design of his located in Sonoma, California. My favorite part about this house is how the upstairs is supported by two pillars, creating negative space below. Everything about this place looks very modern and crisp. I really like the contrast between the horizontal wood paneling and the vertical sheet metal. The lighting around the home also looks like it was designed well. The windows, however, remind me of a horror film. I can only imagine the price tag on this place. Although this home is sleek and expensive, it lacks the ‘home’ feeling that I have experienced growing up in Oklahoma.Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 9.15.49 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-28 at 9.17.48 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-28 at 9.18.27 PM

Wayne Coyne’s Home

Wayne Coyne is the frontman for The Flaming Lips, a rock band from Oklahoma City. The band is known for being very experimental/ psychedelic, and his house matched that trend. The entire place was filled with random knick-knacks and artwork. All of the floors, lights, and ceiling fans were far from ordinary. One of the more bizarre things I saw was a hanging fireplace. My favorite part of the house tour was the bathroom. Rather than having normal knobs to turn on water, Coyne has stones to turn. If you go past the sinks and mirror, you will walk down a cave-like path to a round bathtub. This bathtub had color-changing lights and looked up to a skylight. The tour did not feature any bedrooms, however, I am sure they are just as impressive as the rest of the house. There is also a recording studio in the backyard which I did not get to see either. Describing this fantasy-like home does not do it justice, it is just something you have to see with your own eyes.