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THE PERFECT FIT | Berlin+Opsal Residence :: Dallas, TX



THE PERFECT FIT

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I pretty much knew a few minutes after we walked into Russell’s office that he was the one. Russell’s work is progressive, but with a timeless and elegant touch. More importantly we felt comfortable with Russ.

Architect: Russell Buchanan

Russell is a rather soft spoken individual, but as any good artist does, he stands up for his work. I wouldn’t say Russell has a particular style, but he does have a thread of modern geometry that runs through his buildings. You can see the proportions, the lines and the masses that play off one another like a real life game of Tetris or Janga. Shapes stacked on top of one another and holes left where they feel just comfortable enough for you to question their supporting structure. Russ has a precision and an exactness that makes you appreciate these sculptures of glass, concrete, steel and wood.

Karen, Russell’s wife, was an added bonus. Karen is a sweetheart. She serves as Project Coordinator. She keeps everyone on time, on budget and on top of just about everything. And I think Amy really appreciates having the perspective of another female on the project. Which is nice.

With some architects, you know exactly what type of home or building you will get. You may not know which walls will go where, but you know exactly what it will look like. I couldn’t picture the house that Russ would build for us. We presented our program, our wants and our needs. And then Amy and I stood by as the days drifted on before our next meeting. I knew it would be progressive. I just didn’t know what it would look like.

But that’s the whole reason we hired Russ. Because we felt comfortable with him.

The rendering image above is from Buchanan Architecture and is a working model of the Ferrara/Griffin home in Kessler Woods.

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