Will Bruder announces that he will sit with the audience and talk about his slides. He discusses places, architects, and people who have influenced him, ranging from the desert environment to Sigurd Lewerentz. He discusses several houses built from the 1970s through the 1990s, and two carwash facilities. He discusses non-residential projects including Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale, the Riddell Advertising building in Jackson Hole, and the Cholla Branch Library in Phoenix. Bruder discusses his Phoenix Central Library, reviewing his collaboration with Ove Arup , and recalling how he was encouraged when a librarian said he wanted “just a big box.” His box was designed to be open and flexible, with necessary services segregated to “saddlebag” exterior bulges.
Video Archive | Will Bruder (3)
In the second part of a two part lecture, Will Bruder discribes the lighting concepts for the interior of his Phoenix Central Library Project. Each column in the space supports a tensegrity roof structure and is topped by a PVB coated skylight which floods the space with blue light. Each of the skylights has a small clear oculus which directs a small beam of light to the center of the top of each column for forty seconds on the summer solstice. Agreeing with Louis I. Kahn, Bruder states that architecture is about light and that it gives power to spaces.
Ray Kappe introduces Will Bruder as the speaker. Bruder presents an extensive description of most of his projects for the past twenty years. The projects vary from small residential to large scale commercial and civic projects. Bruder describes himself as an architect of the desert, his main material being light and its manipulation as well as having a strong passion for expressing the elements of architecture and celebrating materials.