Building Business: Hutker Architects’ new Falmouth office
Growing up in the Midwest, Mark Hutker learned something from a friend who was a crop duster that would stay with him for years to come. “I asked him how he knew which farms were which from an aerial perspective,” Hutker recalls, “and he related how the roof patterns are all different due to a long history of roof repairs.” The design team decided to deliberately vary shingle colors and stripe widths to create a distinctive pattern for the new building’s roof. Hutker explained that the classic mathematical principal of Fibonacci sequence is reflected in the optical illusion this design generates, as the thinner stripes on the top seem to be farther away.
Other happy surprises emerged as the project progressed. McNeill marvels at how the bark of the birch trees chosen to soften the building’s front facade mimics the pale gray shingles and the bronze metal frame color of the Marvin windows. The new Hutker logo on the monument stone at the entrance, another BRICC award winner for Best Logo, underwent a bit of a facelift. What used to be lowercase letters are now all capitals in a typeface that creates a sense of forward movement, exemplifying one of the firm’s design tenets: acknowledging history and heritage as it evolves. “Even the soft graphite gray color acknowledges the pencil sketches that begin our process with our clients,” says Bangert. “The form of the letters, and the way they branch to fill the gap between history and the design we create today, for tomorrow, is represented in our ‘H’ brandmark,” the backlit, orange art piece displayed on the front of the building.
As Mark Hutker sat in his new office reflecting on the success of the design, the history of the firm, and the close relationships found amongst his employees and clients, he spoke again about the sequencing and frequency found in Fibonacci numbers. The same math formula that rendered the captivating shingle pattern on the roof is also abundantly found in nature, he explains. “It is evident in the petals of flowers, and in the leaves and branches of a tree. It explains the spirals found in shells, pinecones and pineapples. We subliminally take these cues and file them away. The influence of our environment, and how we interpret it, and then incorporate it into the things we create, subtly speaks a language familiar to our souls, the part of us that has been passed down from generation to generation.”
Hutker Architects creates heirlooms; the firm’s new home, handed down from the past, and thoughtfully transformed, is ready for its future.
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