N A U T I L U S  A R C H I T E C T S

              Lyme, Connecticut
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summer 2014:
Recently I had the opportunity to do some pike fishing on the Connecticut River.  It’s a fish I’ve always wanted to catch, and I managed one of good size.  What I love about fishing is the mystery and surprise.  I suppose I feel the same way about buildings.  A good one should have a bit of both, something that reveals itself over time – the details, how the changing light moves through a space or across a façade.  A great building and a special fishing spot are never fully understood.

                                                            -Chris Arelt
Above Photo:  Working model by Chris Arelt for Brewer's Marina, Greenport, N.Y.
Models are key!  They allow me to see what I’m creating in three dimensions – as it will actually appear – and I always tweak one or two things that were not evident in drawings.  Plus, models are hands down the best method to convey to the homeowners a clear sense of the design.   Computer-generated 3D images, while helpful, are no match for a tangible representation, and in my opinion the technology competes with the content. 

Photo:  Hull's Art Supplies, New Haven

Fact is, when construction starts and the actual building takes shape, I get excited to see the homeowners’ reaction.  Instead, I get a matter-of-fact response: “Looks just like the model.”
- Chris Arelt
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