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Category: Design

Three Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change How Employees Work: Part I

The last few months have been unprecedented in our personal and work lives. Businesses are closed, employees are working from home and homeschooling has become the norm. But looking beyond the present, what will change as we return back to our workplaces? Here are some aspects that companies may look to revamp. Working From Home […]

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Cheers! to Sketchworks Client Rockhound Brewing Company

On April 5, 2020, Rockhound Brewing Company celebrated their four-year anniversary. Sketchworks had the honor of working with owner Nate Warnke to bring his 4,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant vision to life. We talked to Warnke and Sketchworks project manager Kirk Biodrowski about how Sketchworks was able to tangibly take Warnke’s inspiration and turn it into […]

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Building Boom

  In a city full of exciting tech companies (Zendesk, Exact Sciences, Epic and Google, among them), it’s a must to have housing to accommodate those employees. In response, apartment complexes continue to pop up in all parts of the city—from downtown to Middleton to Waunakee. And Sketchworks has worked on their fair share of […]

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Keys to Smart Space Design

It’s a given that an architect is adept at space planning and knowing the functionality and flow of a room—or an entire building. So, how does an architect get down to the nitty-gritty for smart space planning in a commercial or residential build? We talked to project manager Nick Badura about his process. How is […]

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Decoding Distilleries: Part II

We talked in our [last post] about what goes into the design of a great distillery—and Sketchworks has designed its fair share of local spirit-makers, including State Line Distillery, Death’s Door Distillery and Dancing Goat Distillery. Besides using a combination of unique materials, such as reclaimed barn wood, limestone, glass and metal (as in the […]

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Decoding Distilleries: Part I

If you’ve toured a distillery, you know a lot of thought goes into not only the flavor profile of the spirit you’re tasting, but of the design of the facility to make it functional for the distiller, and comfortable for guests. Sketchworks Architecture has designed a few notable Madison area distilleries: State Line Distillery, Death’s Door Distillery […]

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New distillery keeps modern barn design and agricultural feeling

“The design goal was to create a modern distillery and visitor center using traditional Midwestern agricultural design cues and materials for a unique design on a traditional barn vernacular.” – Brad Koning, Partner | AIA.  Common interests and goals brought together Travis Hasse, founder of Travis Hasse Distilling Co., and project architect Sketchworks Architecture LLC.  Read more about this […]

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Work and Play: Designing Homes and Offices

Work and Play: Designing Homes and Offices There’s no question that designing a home and an office building are different. Knowing residential regulations and commercial building codes are imperative to an architect’s everyday toolbox. Steve Shulfer, partner and CEO of Sketchworks, has designed both—and gives us the lowdown on how an architect approaches each type […]

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Some of the Biggest Breakthroughs in Architecture, Explained

Some of the Biggest Breakthroughs in Architecture, Explained Manuel Marchial, our senior architectural designer, has been working in the field since 1971. The very first architecture project he worked on starting out was a residential project for an artist in Tenerife, Spain. He’s done a lot since then, and he’s been with Sketchworks for two […]

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Design-Minded: What We Think About When We Design

 Design-Minded: What We Think About When We Design Claire Brunner, one of our architectural designers, has been with Sketchworks for seven months. She’s worked on some interesting projects for us, including an office renovation for BMO Harris, some small multi-tenant exteriors, a big-box store renovation and she’s assisted on some larger apartments. Claire takes an […]

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