As If Jay Ellis Wasn’t Hot Enough, He’s Also a Self-Proclaimed ‘Architecture Nerd’

As If Jay Ellis Wasn’t Hot Enough, He’s Also a Self-Proclaimed ‘Architecture Nerd’

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The place do you assume that curiosity [for architecture] comes from?

I actually don’t know. I’ll say I believe the primary time I ever actually simply stared at a constructing and was like, Huh, I’m wondering how that occurred? was when my dad was within the Air Power and we moved round a ton. There was a stretch the place we have been on an Air Power base in Austin, Texas, and I bear in mind the Frank Erwin Middle—which is the basketball stadium on the College of Texas. I bear in mind looking at it and being like, Huh, that is an enormous constructing! Like, How do they try this? How do they put seats in it? And a basketball courtroom in it? Then how do they alter it right into a stadium for musical performances? My grandparents lived in Sacramento, California, and once you would drive from their home in North Highlands to the airport, you’d all the time cross the stadium that the Sacramento Kings performed in, and I bear in mind watching that being constructed as a child and that stood out to me. I believe perhaps that grew into this love of structure that now spans residential, and business, and constructions, and bridges, and tunnels, and so many different issues.

Have been you fortunate sufficient to go to any of the buildings or constructions which can be on this season?

No, I didn’t get to go to any of those within the season. I’m hoping that when the parents at Smithsonian learn this text, they’ll let me go go to a bunch subsequent yr. I wish to go to the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain. I’ve been to those in New York and Venice. Subsequent time I’m in New York, I 100% wish to pop into Little Island; that one I believe is dope. Anytime someone can construct an island, I’m like, How does it not wash away? Like, Am I actually courageous sufficient to step on it?

Which one of many buildings within the season is your favourite? You simply talked about [Guggenheim] Bilbao.

That is undoubtedly one among them. I’d additionally say the library in Seattle designed to seem like a stack of books, which is genius! The constructing, from the outside, seems to be like a stack of books. As an individual who likes to learn, it makes me wish to stack a bunch of books on my nightstand. It seems to be like a bunch of books stacked in your espresso desk by 2,000 instances the size. It’s actually cool.

You additionally only recently purchased a ravishing residence in historic Spaulding Sq.. Did you purposely make a purchase order in a historic neighborhood?

It simply occurred this time, to be sincere. However I lived in a historic neighborhood earlier to this. I lived in an space the place the properties have been constructed all within the Twenties. And it was a [neighborhood] stuffed with primarily Spanish-style properties. And I completely liked that have. I liked the pleasure that people take within the neighborhood, not simply their very own residence, however collectively caring a few group and a neighborhood. We began in search of a house and we discovered this place and it simply so occurred to be a 1919 historic residence…. I haven’t even moved in but. I’ve been gone the whole summer time. We’ll hopefully transfer in within the subsequent month.

Is there an area or room that’s going to be simply yours?

I hope. I don’t know if my daughter will permit that. However we’ll see.

And are you additionally into inside design, or are you simply going to go away like that to your spouse and an expert?

Nah, I perform a little little bit of all of it. I’ve transformed homes. I’ve carried out electrical and plumbing and drywall and paint and every part…furnishings and lighting and wallpaper. I really get pleasure from doing all that. My mind is doing one thing else. It’s like a step away from work, however I nonetheless get to be inventive and get to make use of my palms. And just like constructing a constructing or making a film, I get to step again on the very finish and have a look at one thing that I created and was part of shaping and molding, and I really like that.

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