CRAIG ELLIOTT, AIA
There are many architects and buildings that have influenced my practice of architecture over the years, but in my early studies I became extremely intrigued by the Postal Savings Bank in Vienna, Austria. This building, designed by Otto Wagner, and built between 1904 and 1912, is a beautiful example of the fusion of traditional and modern forms, materials, and ideas.
The building occupies an entire city block, is eight stories tall, and yet it engages the scale of the surrounding city in a familiar way. The massing being consistent with the largely neoclassical neighbors, is reminiscent of the surrounding properties, but the fenestration and articulation of the building facade is stripped down to a more simple and geometric presentation.
The building skin is primarily made up of thin sections of white sterling marble that is held in place by connections that are capped with aluminum rivets that creates a secondary pattern within the building composition. Wagner expressed the building construction in a way that was both subtle and powerful. This was part of his approach that has been referred to as a compromise between the old and new.
In addition to the exterior expression of the building, the interior spaces are quite remarkable. The central banking hall is top lit with an obscured glass roof form, that permeates through the space and through the floor that is comprised of glass block. Within the spaces show an articulation of the steel structure and its connections and expresses its heating systems through integrated aluminum cylindrical hot-air registers that have qualities that present as both machined and artistic at the same time. This building is greater than the sum of its parts because of the ideas expressed in its design and execution.
The Postal Savings Bank really opened my eyes to the idea that a building can reference the past, and yet still be of its time.
Bachelor of Architecture,
University of Kansas, 1986
Principal, Elliott Workgroup Architecture, LLC, Park City, UT
Director of Architecture, Jack Johnson Company, Park City, UT
Director of Design, Partner, VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT
Designer, HOK Sports Facilities Group, Kansas City, MO
Project Architect/Designer, Platt & Byard Architects, New York, NY
Architecture: Connecticut, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, NCARB Certification #50485
The Sky Lodge Merit Award, AIA Utah Chapter 2009
Rail Central MPD Governor’s Quality Growth Award, Envision Utah 2005
SLOC Temporary Facilities Design Build Project of the Year, AGC 2002
Weber State University Skybox Design Build Project of the Year, Intermountain Contractor 2001
Lindquist Field Citation Award, AIA Utah Chapter 1997
Franklin Quest Field Outstanding Public Project, Intermountain Contractor 1994
Korean War Memorial Honorable Mention, National Competition 2989
73rd Paris Prize in Architecture Lloyd Warren Fellowship, Honorable Mention 1986
Sports Broadcaster, KPCW Radio, Park City, UT
Jr. Jazz Basketball Coach, Snyderville Basin Recreation District
Director, AIA Utah 2007 – 08