Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

Wilkinson Residence Treehouse

December 29th, 2010







This beautiful treehouse, the Wilkinson Residence and is located in the forest of Portland, Oregon. The architecture captures the harmony of the surrounding nature. The treehouse was designed and created by Robert Harvey Oshatz.

Found via Fubiz

The Office of Facebook

November 30th, 2010









If you’ve seen The Social Network then these images of Facebook’s headquarters may be for you. The goal that the firm Facebook had hired—Studio O+A—was to bring the 700+ employees together into a 150,000 square-foot space in Palo Alto’s Stanford Research Park.

The new facility maintained the buildings history and industrial look while embracing each employee division’s unique identity. Employees are encouraged to write on the walls, add artwork and move furniture where they need it so that it allows the office to continuously evolve and still maintain its fun atmosphere—much like Facebook itself.

West Hollywood Residence

November 26th, 2010










As I look through magazines and archives of great houses I become all too curious about stunning houses that may or may not have received the amount of press that they deserved. I’m willing to bet that there are a large number of houses that kept on the down low due to the owners privacy—considering that houses are a personal piece of your life. I also question the same idea against artists and designers and just how many great people were out there or did great work, that didn’t receive attention.

Los Angeles seems like its one of those places where great design may get passed up or not looked at due to exclusivity. Fortunately this West Hollywood Residence wasn’t missed because it has all the usual likes of architecture: wood siding, stainless steel, cement and of course the involvement of nature.

More information about the home via the Contemporist.

Brazilian BR House

November 23rd, 2010








The design of this Brazilian house is remarkable; reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling water house. Although this house doesn’t overlook a waterfall and is in a entirely different part of the world, it does use a similar stone and wood combination that makes it feel very similar. The house was designed by Marcio Kogan and build in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Via the Contemporist

Eva Street Residence

November 16th, 2010









Building around nature always seems to have more unique results than simply building over it. In the case of this house in South Central Austin, architect Chris Cobb designed around a 150 year old oak tree that stood directly in the center of the property. Each roof level tucks into the outreaching branches of the oak. The Brazilian Redwood siding of the house also contrasts nicely with the interior’s dark chocolate bamboo floors and white walls.

Via The Contemporist

Blue Sky Prototype Home

November 12th, 2010







The Blue Sky Prototype home rests peacefully by a large outcrop of rocks on the dry landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. When the owner, David McAdam, bought the property he knew that wood shouldn’t be used because it wouldn’t hold up against nature’s elements.

Steel was the first thought to be used but with the high temperature during the day and the chilly air at night, there would be a big problem. A technology firm appointed by David McAdam came up with a solution using steel studs insulated with polystyrene foam. This would create a channel that forces the hot and cold temperatures to have less of an effect metal’s temperature.

Sunlight is used to power the heating system for the entire house: hot water, space heating, hot tub. Oh how I would like to catch some of those sun rays while dipping my feet in the hot tub.

Read more about the house on Dwell.

1959 VanDamm Residence

November 8th, 2010




This 1950′s, nearly 1960′s house has mid-century modern written all over it. The view looking over the valley would be something worth looking forward to every morning. I was led to believe this house was located in South Dakota but I’m entirely unsure. If you know any information about the house let us know.

Don’t these images look much more like paintings combined with colorized black and white photographs? Well they are; the house wasn’t real. It was used in an Alfred Hitchcock movie titled North by Northwest. Read more about the film.

Images via Flickriver

Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO Set

November 5th, 2010



This LEGO set built around Frank Lloyd Wright’s contemporary Fallingwater House is just plain cool. I’d like to see some LEGO sets for some of my favorite Argentinian architects.

It looks like you can actually buy the set now.

Architect Ray Kappe

November 1st, 2010










Pictured here is Ray Kappe. Also pictured in previous images is his wife & partner Shelly Kappe

Prior to reading an article on Dwell about Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe, I was not aware of what I was missing out on. Ray designed this multilevel home for his family in 1965 and then built it in a canyon in Pacific Palisades. The central living space offers spacious views throughout the interior; into spaces such as Ray Kappe’s office and the upper family room. Each room is lit very well. The ambient light through skylights, corner windows or clerestories illuminates the rooms and really makes the interior feel spacious.

The whole house is built out of concrete and wood and in turn maintains the mid-century modern look we’ve all come to admire. Where the wood timbers meet with the glass panes and concrete is where the magic happens. Coming across such treasures is becoming more and more of a rarity it seems like. In the interview with Dwell, Shelly Kappe said that when the house was built, it “was so ahead of its time.” It was an encapsulation of Ray’s vision for the house to be a synthesis of the rational and the intuitive.

Murdock Young + Kettle Hole House

October 25th, 2010









Murdock Young has shown us before of the great work they do. This house in East Hampton, New York is the second testament to that. I believe the original house that was in its place was owned by a previous generation and looked pretty dingy. Murdock Young then came in to rebuild it into the exquisite, contemporary product that we see above.

After seeing this photo, a wave of nostalgia swept over me—times as a kid in the hot summer weather of Idaho. The surrounding trees, water and what the weather appears to be like in the photo are definitely the elements that bring back those memories.

Six + Sebastian Mariscal Studio

October 18th, 2010






SIX is a series of contemporary residences in La Jolla, California and designed by Sebastian Mariscal Studio. Each of these is composed of limestone, beautiful woods and steel. On the ground level, fold-away glass doors allowing the main living area and kitchen to open up to the outside. Even if the glass doors weren’t open, I’m sure it would still feel a lot like a covered outside area.

The design SIX is something to long for. I’m pretty sure its the dark wood that gets me this time around.

Via Arch Daily

Modern Infinity Edge Pools

October 15th, 2010







Infinity Edge Pools are one of the coolest things that modernism has brought to us. I have to actually swim in one, but based on some of these images above, it would be very thrilling. Especially when in the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore. Being that close to the edge and having a sheet of glass between you and a few hundred foot drop, is somewhat disconcerting.

Images via Flickr & Design Beep

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