Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

San Francisco Carr Apartment

February 14th, 2011




Architect Craig Steely has done an outstanding job renovating this high-rise loft apartment/penthouse. His inspiration came from mood of 70′s space rock and ambient music artists such as Cluster, Brian Eno and Michael Rother. This is really evident in the floor to ceiling ambient light installation on one side of the main living area. The light wall displays videos that are slowed down and each pixel is paired to a 2 inch LED behind the wall. This is what creates the large 8-bit-like pattern. Not only is this light wall really great, but the view is quite possibly one of the best in all of San Francisco. In the picture below you can see Alcatraz Island and the surrounding bay.

Considering that I’m currently in the process of relocating, it doesn’t help to be looking at such amazing apartments like these—the time will come though.

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Wissioming Residence

February 10th, 2011




This house located in Glen Echo, Maryland and sits among the trees overlooking the Potomac River. The stunning palette of the wood siding and the stainless steel fit perfectly with the surrounding trees. As you step out onto the deck you’re welcomed by a large swimming pool that is suspended twenty feet off the ground and protruding over the steep bank. Isn’t this a place you’d want to live?

Architect Robert Gurney Architect
Found via Arch Daily

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Hurteau-Miller Cottage

February 7th, 2011




What a great job Kariouk Associates has done designing this residence. From the exterior it feels vast, but inside there is an intimacy throughout the open connection of rooms. The architects took into concern the future issues of accessibility and the importance of the communal areas.

This residence is composed mainly of wood and concrete—the seemingly perfect combination for any forested or lakeside home in Val-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada.

Found via Arch Daily

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Record House Revisited

February 2nd, 2011



The simplicity and perfect walnut woodwork that David Jameson Architects designed into this refurbished home is really well done. The house was built in the 60s and revisited in 2010.

Found via ArchDaily & Photography: Paul Warchol

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Ribbon House by G2 Estudio

January 31st, 2011



This house is a fortress. It was designed by G2 Estudio for two families from Tahiti- French Polynesia. The house was intended as a holiday house and is located in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentinean Patagonia. Space seems to not be an issue inside—the interior is open between the floorings making it feel vast.

There is a very warming juxtaposition of materials in use, which just happens to be my favorite combination: wood and concrete. The interior images after the jump show just how stunning this combination can be. You can bet my future house will utilize both wood and concrete to the teeth.

Found through Arch Daily & Photography by Laila Sartoni

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Rolling Huts

January 25th, 2011




Have you ever seen a rolling house? Maybe you’ve seen a rolling castle on Robin Hood Men in Tights, but Olson Kundig Architects have created rolling huts that you can actually live in. The huts are low-impact to the nature and sit in a flood plain in a river valley near Mazama, Washington.

The huts are grouped much like a herd of cattle and are mainly used as weekend retreats. You can actually put a reservation on one of the huts for $125 per night. Each hut is equipped with a small refrigerator, fireplace and Wi-Fi.

Check out more information on the Rolling Huts website.

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The Delta Shelter

January 20th, 2011


When looking at this magnificent shelter home I think of a box on stilts. If the owner is not around the shelter can be completed shuttered by a large wheel hand crank like you’d find on old ships. Each shutter can be opened and closed simultaneously by this one crank—handy right? The shutters are also quite large, coming in at 10 x 18 foot and also steel.

The footprint of this shelter is relatively small because of its height. The base is 20 x 20 feet and rises three stories. It is located out of Mazama, Washington and was created by the great Olson Kundig Architects.

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North Bend House + Johnston Architects

January 14th, 2011




Every time I come across work by Johnston Architects, I become an even bigger fan. This house is located in North Bend, only about a half hour from seattle. It sits boldly in the clear cut and is composed mainly of wood that was milled on site.

The last house I posted from Johnston Architects was the Miner’s Refuge. It as well as this house, were shot by a local photographer and friend, Will Austin. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of his architectural photography here on the blog in the near future.

Via Arch Daily

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Villa Amanzi

January 13th, 2011


This is the contemporary beachside villa I’ve been dreaming about. Not only because the architecture but also because of its cohesion with the surrounding environment. The villa is located above Kamala Beach in Phuket, Thailand and as you can imagine the view is incredible as it looks as far as you can see over the ocean.

The home is cantilevered out over the cliff and brings the infinity edge pool with it. There are three main levels to the house. The entertainment level which includes the main living space, diving space, terraces, swimming pool, kitchen, storage and laundry areas. Above this level is the master suite accompanied by three bedrooms each with uninterrupted views of the ocean. The third level which is below the entertainment level, includes two more bedrooms, a private spa and game/family room. The home was designed by Original Vision Ltd.

Via Arch Daily

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Miners Refuge by Johnston Architects

January 11th, 2011









The Miner’s Refuge a house by Johnston Architects, sits at the base of a hill just out of Mazama, Washington. The house serves as a weekend retreat for it’s owners. Their goals were to have a smart yet simple home that was less than 1,900 square feet. It also needed to be sharable between two families and have extra room for guests.

With some of these architecture finds, I keep the focus on the architecture and sometimes forget about the great photographers behind these shots. Although the case is usually just not knowing whom the photographer is. However, the photos here were taken by friend and fellow photographer, Will Austin. Check more of his work out on his website.

Via Arch Daily

The Illustration of Mid-Century Modern

January 6th, 2011





This is day 4 of Mid-Century Modern week. If you haven’t seen the previous sets you can catch those right below—what great collections they are. As I was sifting through architecture and interior design, I kept coming across illustrations via Flickr that were just magnificent. I’m sure the amount of time to create these is substantial. What I really enjoy about this illustration set is that each of them has a futuristic look and feel which is what really makes mid-century, modern. Check out more of Charles William Schridde’s work.

See Day 1: The Chairs
See Day 2: The Interiors
See Day 3: The Architecture
See Day 5: The Graphic Design

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The Architecture of Mid-Century Modern

January 5th, 2011






Day three of mid-century week and we have the architecture of mid-century. Some images here we’ve seen in a past post about Authur Erickson, but the rest come from this gem of a collection on Flickr.

The combination of wood throughout the interiors as we’ve seen and on the outside, was really the trademark of the MCM designs.

See Day 1: The Chairs
See Day 2: The Interiors
See Day 4: The Illustration
See Day 5: The Graphic Design

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