June 14th, 2010
The James-Robertson house is located on a hill overlooking Pittwater Bay in Australia. The house is made up of three black coated aluminum and steel structures combined with timber decking. All of the house’s sides are opened up to the outside by large glass windows, creating a sense of naturality.
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April 12th, 2010
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?
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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
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.