leased the building and made the front part into an open
office to sublet.
Nimmo spends a lot less time running all that now
though, because architecture has picked up for him again
since Alan Kagan came along. Kagan, a developer with a
modern sensibility, had been sitting out the crash, waiting for
the final unfolding, when suddenly he saw a way back into the
building business: smaller-scale projects, madly modern, with
expenses slashed by 30 percent or more.
Kagan joined forces with Nimmo, and the first houses
they did together—sleek and versatile, about a mile northeast
of downtown—were sold before the final work was finished.
Now Nimmo is designing the Old Range residence in Preston
Hollow for the Kagan family. The two of them also are
testing new ideas of density in their early territory near the
central city, with four small houses on stilts on a single lot.
Why the rush now to clean, spare lines, born more of
Sparta than of Athens? Because, says Nimmo, “The economy
shook things up. It changed people’s outlook. Their values
changed. They wanted something. . .more authentic, that will
last longer. They wanted the real reason behind things. They
were looking for more depth. The values of fluff were gone.”
“We got more honest with ourselves,” he adds. “It made
us reevaluate. It did for me.”
/// joshua nimmo
Auberty Ranch studio and residence designed by NIMMO, American
Studio For Progressive Architecture