Miller Hull

Digital

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Summary

Internationally renowned architecture firm, Miller Hull, is known for their tradition of designing dynamic and environmentally sensitive buildings. Working closely with their team we built a new web presence that reflected their core values and would share over thirty years worth of work.

Background

Miller Hull founders David Miller and Robert Hull began by designing many award winning earth sheltered and solar buildings in the early 1980’s. The tradition of designing dynamic and environmentally sensitive buildings continues to this day. They are the architects behind The Bullitt Center, widely regarded as “the greenest office building in the world.” They are currently working on a groundbreaking project for the Oregon State University College of Forestry that will make a case for the wood-skyscraper movement.

Organization Type

Architecture Firm

Assignment

Create a new mobile-first responsive website that reflects Miller Hull’s values and displays over thirty years of work.

Client

Miller Hull

Years

2016

Location

Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA USA

Collaborators

Hugh Saffell

Approach

In a series of interviews and surveys we found that at their core the Miller Hull design principles focus on exposing systems, removing the superfluous, and achieving maximum efficiency.

We animated the homepage to allow the site to work with the user rather than for the user. Due to the interconnectedness of the site, animations only load when the user interacts with them. Just like all Miller Hull projects, the website takes into account the materials (here, that’s the content), the space (which is, the browser) and the user.

Research

Sustainability, Exposed Systems

Quote

“We started as idealists.”
— David Miller, Founder, Miller Hull

Components

Digital Collateral System, Information Architecture, Wireframing, User Experience Design, User Interface Design and Development, CMS Development

Technical Specs

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, WordPress

Miller Hull’s design principles focus on exposing systems, removing the superfluous, and achieving maximum efficiency in their buildings. The website applies these principles in a digital space to showcase fifty years of the firm’s projects and perspectives.
I

The homepage is animated to allow the site to work with the user rather than for the user.

II

Project pages showcase uniquely styled slideshows to give the feel of a coffee–table book.

III

Miller Hull’s distinct architectural perspective which centers around Exploration, Solution and Impact is illustrated through three storytelling sections.

IV

To mirror Miller Hull’s design principle which focuses on exposing systems in their buildings we designed an exposed navigation that is particularly satisfying to use on mobile.

V

Founding partners David Miller and Robert Hull met nearly 50 years ago, since that time the company and the technologies it has used has evolved considerably though the ethos has remained steadfast.

VI

In its forty year history as a firm Miller Hull has amassed an expansive project list. The archive is a record for both the firm and for architecture students to study.

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