Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

Accessible Gazebo

May 27th, 2010

Aside from just being an elevated gazebo, you have to admire the quality wood structure. According to the architects this was a treehouse but I would beg to differ since the structure isn’t built in a tree.

Via Acrhitects Thomas

Sydney Glass House

May 12th, 2010

What could be better than a contemporary glass house in the trees of Sydney, Australia? This dream house is a $1.65 million dollar, luxurious investment that looks all too promising for a relaxed work environment. Unfortunately I probably won’t be taking the $1.65 million dollar plunge any time soon. Instead I may have to settle for relaxing out on the rooftop patio while dreaming of this house.


U-House & Office Residence

May 10th, 2010

This beautiful home and office space designed by Natalie Dionne is located in the trendy outskirts of Montreal, Canada. The design of this house features a very clean modern yet urban look through the interior and exterior of the building.

The garage door opens up to connect the tranquility of the garden to the living room space. At night during the summer, the upstairs windows can be opened and the shutters closed to let in a sufficient airflow while not getting wet or affected by the elements. I wish I had this feature in Seattle for the summer.

Via The Comtemporist.

Building The Truffle House

May 5th, 2010

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This is just plain cool. When have you ever seen a house built this way? On top of that, when have you ever seen a cow help build a house? Ok so the house itself isn’t that visually attracting but the concept is rather interesting. I could see this transforming into a really cool, multi story house with tunnels underground.

The way this house was built was by digging a large hole in the ground, piling up the soil to the sides and putting down layer after layer of cement while also using hay bales to hold form for the inside living space. After completely covering all of the bales with cement, the soil was packed back on top of it. Once dried, the soil was removed and the front and back were cut off, leaving the insides open for a calf to graze on.

A year and a plump cow later, the interior of the house was clear of hay and the final elements were added. The final end result looks like it would be a really cool place to have a day studio and the view would be stunning as it looks out over the water.

Via Arch Daily.


There Was Rain

April 23rd, 2010


Photo by Marta Zienkiewicz

I have a slew of links I’d like to share that are my go-to’s for inspiration on those rainy days and There was rain is one of them. The site–curated by Cory Gibbons–is a large collection of gorgeous photography and architectural works from people all over.

Make sure to hop on over to his site at

Shell House

April 12th, 2010

shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
shell house on wanken
This is a remarkable house built in the woods of Karuizawa, Japan and designed by Kotaro Ide. The house is a vacation home (if only they rented this thing out) and was designed to withstand the seasonal hardships. The name, Shell House, is derived from the elliptical shell/wrapper forms which subtly represent a mollusk.

The best part about this house is the woodwork and how the structure meets with the cement all around the house. Speaking of the cement, don’t those wall transitions look awfully nice to skateboard on?


Rosen Residence by Craig Ellwood

March 19th, 2010

Rosen Residence on Wanken
Rosen Residence on Wanken
Rosen Residence on Wanken
Rosen Residence on Wanken
The Rosen Residence was designed by Craig Ellwood Associates for Gerald and Arlene Rosen. The house was constructed in West Los Angeles during the 1960’s. I really like the wood meets modern aesthetic throughout the house. Check out the Eames lounger and ottoman sitting in front of the old style piano.

Via the Mid-Century Modern Interiors pool.

Vivienda 19 House

March 16th, 2010

The Vivienda 19 house is a beautiful house in Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid and was designed by A-cero Architects. The garage is located in the basement of the house, while the more important areas of the house such as the living and dining rooms are located on the first floor. All of the bedrooms and private rooms are on the third floor.

Via the Contemporist.

Wilt Chamberlain House On The Hill

March 12th, 2010

Until now I had never heard of Wilt Chamberlain the NBA basketball player or this enormous house. After reading a few articles about the house, the most interesting thing aside from the architecture and interior was that it has a groovy feel to it.

“Built in 1971, the five-bedroom, 7,158-square-foot contemporary-style house at 15216 Antelo Place in Bel-Air was built by Chamberlain, who lived there until his death in 1999. TV writers George Meyer and Maria Semple purchased the house from Chamberlain’s estate in 2002 for nearly $3 million, and have owned it ever since. The house has attracted much attention over the years–both with this listing and in 2000-2002, when Chamberlain’s estate was trying to unload it, first for $7.45 million and later reducing its asking price to $4.38 million. The house’s unconventional features include a gold-lined hot tub, a retractable mirrored ceiling above the master bed, a swimming pool that flows into the living room, walls of glass, 40-foot ceilings, a wrap-around pool, and a balcony suspended over the living room. Other features include five and a half baths and teak finishes.

The house sits on a 2.58-acre parcel that has ocean and city views.”

Source Mid Century Architecture

Murdock Young + Cutler Residence

February 1st, 2010

murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
The Cutler Residence was designed by Murdock-Young Architects and is located in Montauk, New York. The residence is a beautiful combination of wood paneling, concrete and dark metal helping it showcase its elegance.

It’s always interesting to know the client’s requirements for their home. In this case, the client requested that Murdock-Young design a house with a very minimal impact on the surrounding landscape and to maximize the views. Judging by the photos and open view, I think it’s safe to say that the view at sunset is nothing short of amazing.

Architect Arthur Erickson

January 8th, 2010

Smith House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1964

Catton House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1967

Graham House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1962

Helmut Eppich House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1972

Helmut Eppich House interior

Castanier House in Kelowna, British Columbia, designed 1996

Montiverdi Estates in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1979

Hugo Eppich House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1979

Arthur Erickson was an architect whose works reflect an appealing Pacific Northwest modernist theme. Some of his works include The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Provincial Law Courts in Downtown Vancouver, the San Diego Convention Center, Napp Laboratories in Cambridge, England, the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C., California Plaza in Los Angeles, and most recently the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.

The way he put different aspects of nature into his designs is inspiring. Bringing in certain elements such as the beam and post construction, variations of floor planes, the surrounding topography, viewing perspectives and light control. You can see it in each of the above images and his other works.

Fairhaven Residence

December 7th, 2009

It’s always interesting to stumble upon great architectural/interior design that is right around Seattle. This particular urban home is just out of Seattle and was designed by Deforest Architects. I particularly enjoy the close up image of the beam joints and the dark woods used for the divider wall behind the bed.

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