Margi Nothard

Master Bathroom - Vertigo

Margi Nothard

Designer Statement: “This room is a space for contemplation, connection and regeneration. It is the most intimate space in the house and also the space that allows the occupant to reconsider her relationship to the world – in that sense, the most global. The film Vertigo is timeless, in its classic use of elegance, love, the city and nature.”

Bio: In the context of Glavovic Studio’s commitment to creating sustainable, tangible beauty in the public’s daily lives, through its ongoing commitment to design excellence, it is appropriate to recognize the multivalent disciplines of art, architecture, design, planning and education that the firm is involved in. On the occasion of Margi Nothard’s winning an Arango Foundation Award in September 2001, Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, spoke of the global nature of Glavovic Studio’s work, while simultaneously noting its sense of belonging to the local. The architecture and design firm of which Nothard is Founding Principal, exists within a specific geographic region – Broward County in South Florida – but their relevance may be felt on a national scale, as communities utilize architecture to embark on re-invention and re-vitalization, responding to shifting economic and demographic forces.

Nothard and her partner, Terence O’Connor, have been working in South Florida for 11 years. Nothard, born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, studied architecture at the University of Natal before traveling to England and the United States, where she completed her Masters in Architecture. Here, her projects have leveraged Florida’s unique cultural diversity and sub-tropical landscape to produce work of aesthetic beauty and rigor charged with vibrant community exchange. O’Connor, a Florida native, with diverse work experience garnered in Texas, New York, as an Owner and Principal of his own firm and also working at at Philip Johnson, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, before Teaching at FAU and becoming a Partner at Glavovic Studio.

Examples of Glavovic Studio’s recent projects include:

Glavovic Studio’s sense of the universality of architectural ideas is epitomized in Young Circle ArtsPark in Hollywood, Florida. An initial request for a gazebo yielded a new destination for the public to appreciate art, community and the environment. Young Circle ArtsPark is conceived as a single work of sculpture, integrating urban planning, wayfinding, architecture, and a constructed landscape. Glavovic Studio’s design for the circular park’s periphery drew the public into the park, a design for the visual and performing arts facilities (including artist studios and rehearsal spaces) that improve quality of life in this municipality. This holistic approach exemplifies the manner in which large scale work is undertaken by Glavovic Studio.

Girls’ Club is a private project realized with the collaboration of visionary clients whose impact is as broad-reaching as any public project in Glavovic’s roster. While small in physical size and located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Girls’ Club has far-reaching social implications. The former warehouse’s non-descript facade was newly activated as a translucent projection screen for video, dramatically re-defining a district located prominently behind City Hall as a destination for art and culture. Girls’ Club demonstrates the high priority that Glavovic Studio accords to the public’s experience of any project.

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