Unbuilt But Not Unloved
Like all architects, we are proud of our portfolio of built projects, honed with many months of intense scrutiny, careful sculpting, design critiques, editing, and the all-important client input. However, all design professionals have a deep, unseen portfolio of unbuilt works having gone through the same level of deep consideration. We are also very proud of our unbuilt designs, and still refer to them as if they were built.
We call this unbuilt home Casa de Luz, designed for a family of five. The home’s design is our recipe of Midwest Modern with the added spice of modern Mexican architecture. This special ingredient was inspired by the wife’s Mexican birthplace and her architect father’s lifelong influence on her aesthetic tastes. A central 60-foot-wide glass wall opens to the expansive views of the property’s greatest asset – a heavily treed front yard with undulating terrain and a dry creek bed running the entirety of the 250-foot-wide lot. When the Oklahoma rain bears down, the creek bed transforms into a deep, fast-flowing ribbon of water kinked by large rock outcroppings. The glass wall is enclosed within an extruded stucco frame that offers a deep protective cover to the central outdoor space. Flanking stone blocks carved out for fenestration bookend the dramatic center stucco frame.
Many of our unbuilt projects inform our later designs that were ultimately built. They can expand our repertoire of creative solutions – our “bag of tricks” – so that no good ideas go to waste. Although some of our projects are unbuilt, they are never forgotten!
Oklahoma Magazine Best of the Best For 15 Years!
THANK YOU, friends and readers of Oklahoma Magazine – over 100,000 strong – for once again selecting Freese Architecture as one of the Best of the Best Residential Architects in Oklahoma. We are honored and flattered to be included among the most talented in our state and always motivated to put forward our best work!
Victor Featured in Western Art & Architecture Magazine
We are very excited that one of our favorite Tulsa homes was featured in the 2022 June/July issue of Western Art & Architecture magazine, the nation’s premier lifestyle publication covering art, architecture, and design west [...]Read More ❯
Freese Architecture Brings the Hardware!
We are honored to have received two 2021 AIA Eastern Oklahoma Excellence in Design awards and one 2021 AIA Oklahoma Excellence in Design Award (state-level) last year. At the Eastern Oklahoma level, there were 39 [...]Read More ❯
Oklahoma Magazine – Best of the Best
We always enjoy getting double duty in a publication In the July 2021 issue of Oklahoma Magazine, we were named one of the state’s Best of the Best Residential Architects, which is now 14 years [...]Read More ❯
Oklahoma Magazine – Life & Style
Oklahoma Magazine featured in its December 2020 issue one of our recently completed homes of which we are particularly proud! Located in the Midtown area of Tulsa, Victor has the enigmatic presence of a modern [...]Read More ❯
Tulsa World – The Bridge to the past
One of our current projects “on the boards”, the Bridge, was featured in the Tulsa World in their August 29, 2020 newspaper. The expectations are high that this development will be a game-changer for the area, and we agree!
Pearl District Development Strikes Gold
The Golden Pawn II building at 13th and Peoria in Tulsa, a historied haunt for local and visiting musicians in the market for musical instruments and equipment, is readying for a total restoration and repurposing. [...]Read More ❯
Tree House in The City
Do you remember as a child the thrill of being in a tree house? Everything from climbing the rickety ladder rungs, to ducking under and around the boughs, to stepping onto the platform at a [...]Read More ❯
To Design With Nature
News flash: The entire world is now entangled in the tentacles of a viral pandemic. You’ve probably heard. Beyond my own predictable (and relatively insignificant) frustrations with being shuttered at home and having more time [...]Read More ❯
Aw-Shucks, it’s Just a Napkin Sketch …
In an effort to distract its members from the unpleasantries we have all been enduring these past few months, the Eastern Oklahoma AIA held a member-only napkin sketch competition. The rules were pretty loose – [...]Read More ❯
13 Years Running as OK Mag’s Best of The Best
Freese Architecture has been selected for the 13th consecutive year as one of Oklahoma Magazine’s Best of the Best Residential Architects. Its readership of over 100,000 Oklahomans throughout the state voted again for our firm. [...]Read More ❯
Prairie Pavilions Nationally Featured
Prairie Pavilions Featured in Western Art & Architecture Magazine Western Art & Architecture magazine, the preeminent publication covering art, architecture, and design west of the Mississippi River, featured our Prairie Pavilions home in Joplin, Missouri, in [...]Read More ❯
AIA Oklahoma Design Award 2019
Our MM31 home was honored with a Citation Award at the AIA Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards Banquet on Nov. 1, held on the top floor of the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City. This Freese Architecture [...]Read More ❯
How Architecture Inspires
Our experiences that are most significant, that actually define our lives, are but a series of moments. Whether joyous, momentous, embarrassing, or even painful – brief episodes become markers of our own personal story. A [...]Read More ❯
Pearl District Gets a New Neighbor
We love a worthy challenge, and one of our favorites is taking on a dismal, uninspired building to transform into great architecture. A two story, pre-engineered, metal warehouse in Tulsa’s Pearl District, 410 S Peoria, [...]Read More ❯
MM38 – Next In Our Midwest Modern Series
Freese Architecture is once again partnering with Austin Lee, LLC on the second in our series of Midwest Modern homes, called MM38, now under construction at 3031 East 38th Place in Tulsa. This home, like [...]Read More ❯
Dramatic Lakeside Home Featured in Oklahoma Magazine
We are pleased to have Oklahoma Magazine feature our recently completed project in their July 2019 issue. Located at 2830 South Gary, in Tulsa, Lakeside consisted of a substantial remodel and additions to a rather [...]Read More ❯
Commercial Project Refreshes a Tired Metal Building
Freese Architecture’s next commercial project is bringing new life to an east Tulsa industrial area. The new facility is being designed for Bevins Company, which manufactures and distributes safety equipment worldwide for high-line power workers. [...]Read More ❯
MM31 Attracts Local, National Attention
When our team designed MM31, code for Midwest Modern on 31st Place in Tulsa, we knew the home’s sculptural quality made it something special. Others agree. The residence now is garnering local and national praise. [...]Read More ❯
Joplin House Featured in Luxury Home Edition
Freese Architecture’s “Prairie Pavilions” project recently got spotlighted in Oklahoma Magazine’s Luxury Homes edition in July 2018. The Joplin-based home is a great example of one designed with the customers’ lifestyle and surroundings in mind. [...]Read More ❯
Our Angle: Designing the Kitchen
Whether you’re an accomplished culinary artist or Iron Chef wannabe, the kitchen should take center stage in your home design. Kitchens have moved from unseen backroom workshops into homes’ central family and public entertainment spaces. [...]Read More ❯
Oklahoma Magazine – 3D Printing
Our unique asset of in-house 3D printing has attracted some attention lately! Check it out!Read More ❯
2017 Oklahoma Magazine – Best of the Best 11 Years Straight
We have the honor of being recognized as one of Oklahoma Magazine’s Best of the Best Architects in the State of Oklahoma, for the 11th consecutive year! Thank you to all our clients, friends and [...]Read More ❯
We are 3D Printing!
We purchased our first 3D printer in 2013, which we replaced in early 2016 with a bigger, better model, giving us the ability to create models of astonishing detail and clarity. Architects have long known [...]Read More ❯
2016 Oklahoma Magazine – Best of the Best
For the 10th consecutive year, we have been honored by Oklahoma Magazine as one of Oklahoma’s Best of the Best Architects. We appreciate the recognition. We would like to think that this is the result [...]Read More ❯