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2016 Cleveland Auto Show


These are photos from the Friday setup for the 2016 Cleveland Auto Show. I always appreciate the opportunity to photograph this event. I love getting an early peek at the latest designs and concept vehicles (This year's models include the Nissan Winter Warrior four track vehicle as well as the all-new Buick Avista), but for me, the event also serves as a reminder that spring is coming. I wouldn't miss it.




Sister Diana Stano Athletic Center at Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio

These are the facilities for the Sister Diana Stano Athletic Center for Ursuline College, located in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Designed By Van Auken Akins Architects of Cleveland, the facility houses a gymnasium, workout room, locker rooms, and support spaces for the Arrows' athletic teams. It was designed to replace an older facility that was destroyed by a tornado in 2013.

This was one of my last shoots of the fall, and I'm glad that I was able to squeeze it in. This is a beautiful little campus, and I think the building blends into it rather well. The forms, materials, and colors are sympathetic to the existing infrastructure as well as the surrounding countryside. Very nice presentation.


Beaumont School STEM Addition, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

This is the STEM addition to the Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights. Designed by Van Auken Akins Architects in Cleveland, the 25,000 square foot addition houses four classrooms, a community "commons" space, as well as new administrative and guidance areas for the school.

The architect in me picked up on the details immediately: brick, stone, and glazing materials from the existing building are re-interpreted and extended into the new. The vintage aluminum trim cornice found in the existing building is also brought into the new construction and re-interpreted over the windows. The result is a distinctive new structure that maintains the heritage and charm of the original construction; it's an addition to an existing building - not a new one.

I also liked the openness of the student commons area. The clerestory ceiling and curtainwall are intended to bring together interior and exterior space, and the patio does a great job of softening the transition between the two.

I wanted to photograph the exteriors at the height of Fall; I think the warm foliage bring out the colors of the building nicely. I'm glad that I was able to squeeze it in before the leaves fell.


VW of Streetsboro, Streetsboro, Ohio

In case you didn't know it already, "autohaus" is German for "car dealership". While the business name is more of a play on words than a focus on auto sales, it does fit into half of the genre, and I think the type is under represented on the site. Well, it's time to change that: This is the showroom for Volkswagen of Streetsboro, a Bernie Moreno Companies dealership. Designed and built by Geis Companies, this example represents the latest iteration of VW's architectural design language.


Alley Cat Oyster Bar, Cleveland, Ohio


Nestled on the East Bank of the Flats sits the all new Alley Cat Oyster Bar, a two story restaurant that serves as the ninth entry for the Zack Bruell Restaurant Group. Designed By Geis Companies as a part of the second phase of Fairmount Properties' and The Wolstein Group's Flats East Bank development project, the building sets out to reclaim the east bank of the Cuyahoga River as an entertainment destination long since forgotten.

With three separate patios, a second floor balcony, and operable glass garage doors that open to the boardwalk and river, engagement with the water was obviously of paramount importance. The large expanses of glass on the west facade aim to maintain that connection during inclement weather, and the ornamental steel detailing on the interior echoes the area's industrial past.

This one was an absolute pleasure to photograph. I can't wait to dine there.

Welcome back to the East Bank, Cleveland. The Flats are back.