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Icelandic clifftop retreat rendering
Icelandic clifftop retreat rendering Photo: Alex Hogrefe

Architecture Alum featured in Dezeen.com

Alex HogrefeAlex Hogrefe Miami University alum Alex Hogrefe (M. Arch. ’10) was recently featured in an article for Dezeen.com. The article highlights Hogrefe’s conceptual design for a building on top of a remote Icelandic clifftop. The design was part of a series of tutorials on how to create renderings that are featured on Hogrefe’s website, Visualizing Architecture. This website was originally created as part of his thesis while earning his Masters degree at Miami, and is now utilized as part of a series of tutorials aimed toward architecture students.

The building design is meant to be a retreat that is built into the cliff, and uses the clifftop in its actual design. It is a large concrete retreat that echoes the jagged coastline of Iceland. "When creating this design, Hogrefe said, “the major question behind the design is how to have a dialect with the landscape in such a way as to not simply plop a structure onto the cliff, but instead engage the landscape by calling on inspiration of the surrounding landforms.”

Hogrefe now works as an architectural renderings artist at Design Distill, a firm he co-founded, in Massachusetts. You can read more about his design choices in the rest of the article.