Archinect - News 2015-11-25T22:19:44-05:00 Meet Mr. and Mrs. Rales Nam Henderson 2013-04-29T11:48:00-04:00 >2013-05-01T07:48:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before Mr. Phifer, the architect, began designing the new building, he used a stack of about 80 flash cards or &ldquo;inspiration boards,&rdquo; as he called them, to get a sense of the Rales&rsquo;s tastes and vision. There were pictures of Shaker villages and ancient art, rock gardens and a floor sculpture by Carl Andre.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Carol Vogel visited <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glenstone</a>, home of the semi-public, art collection of Mitchell and Emily Rales in Potomac, Md. Currently housed in a sleek 25,000-square-foot museum by Charles Gwathmey, the owners have plans for a major expansion designed by Tom Phifer. As proposed the project consists of a series of interconnecting pavilions for permanent installations, each devoted to a single artist, as well as a large gallery for special exhibitions.</p>