architecture / engineering
About Classic Beauty in Buildings

Blue Jeans are beautiful, even if hundreds of thousands of people wear them. Somehow they seem to always enhance an individualís look. They have a classic beauty. When it comes to modern buildings, it appears to me that one beautiful, square boxy Mies van der Rohe building is enough modern architecture for one whole building block. Hundreds and thousands of look-alike boxes just can never yield the charm of hundreds and thousands of blue jeans. Somehow look-alike blue jeans are cool, look-alike modern buildings are not.

This is why our office provides modern architecture with a classic look. We use classic and familiar decorative elements to enhance modern building. We liberate modern architecture from the rigid rules of box geometry and the slavish adherence to flat and undecorated surfaces. Our rule is: make modern buildings look cool and attractive to the passer-by in todayís city context. We find attractive architectural elements from the past and fit them into todayís architecture and modern construction systems. We are experts in tilt-up concrete industrial and office buildings, steel-framed high-rise offices and wood framed residential housing. At Rieger Associates we do not create reproductions of classic buildings, we use timeless esthetic vocabulary to enhance our 21st century structures.

What about cost?

Planning departments in most California cities add cost to every building by demanding more and more enhancements to the amenities of the site, the exterior of the building and the curb appeal of any project.

Over the years we have learned to add classic architectural features to buildings without much added cost. We are so successful at this, that we can even fool professional builders who see our buildings the fist time and express how terribly expensive our buildings must be. We are glad to hear that. Having seen the actual cost estimates, we do know better.

Our rule is: make modern buildings look cool and attractive to the passer-by in todayís city context.

Konrad Rieger, Architect
Principal, Rieger Associates