This Web site showcases the work of Ace Architects, “the court jester of California architecture,” along with highlights from their collection of souvenir buildings.
Described by Vanity Fair as “the court jester of California architecture,” Ace Architects’ unique collection of full-size and miniature buildings from around the world are on display in Aceland. In this site, several of the firms homes and commercial buildings are featured on unique layouts that reflect the metaphors and inspiration behind the projects. The miniature collection features whole cities, grand monuments, and even “useable” buildings, where pencil sharpeners, lamps, and coin banks create a unique union of form and function. A thorough exploration of the site by visitors rewards them with a souvenir snow dome movie. Aceland was created with the release of Netscape 1.0, when the World Wide Web finally supported graphics, images, photos, colored backgrounds, and other design dreams. Netscape liberated Aceland from the fate of Mosaic’s gray backgrounds and blue-bordered pictures, but compared to the large file-size capacity of CD-ROMS, the Web was a step backward for multimedia. The medium didn’t yet accommodate the demands of animation, motion graphics, video, and music. Despite these restraints, Aceland still packed a lot of punch with body background graphics and colors, QuickTime movies, and QuickTime 3-D animation.
Press & Awards“Spinning Your Web Page,” Architecture, Elizabeth Padjen, June 1997“Architects Online,” Architectural Record, June 1996“Site Makers,” Graphics International, Ken Coupland, June 1996“NoCal’s Hottest Webmeisters,” Digital Creativity, Ken Coupland, March 1996Internet Homep@ge Design, Seiki Okuda, 1996 (Kinotype Press)Communication Arts, Interactive Design Annual, 1996
The Ace Architects Web site reflects the somewhat eccentric nature of the architectural firm.
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