Ever heard it? The classic Abbott & Costello baseball routine? Still funny 70+ years later • • • •
I'm not gonna repeat it here - but go read it for yourself....then watch the video on youTube.
Why? Let's just say, the times, and the tone, of these times require it . . . . . .
Where else but San Francisco? How many of our readers have been there I wonder? Whether you have, or whether you haven't — it is, the most special place. Me? I've visited SanFran either four or five times. I must confess - it's been 25 years since my last trip.
Okay - so we did things a little bit differently this time - you've seen all the exterior shots - hope it whetted your appetite.
DWELL magazine just ran this feature property for sale - $5,500,00.00 USD - once you've 'toured' it you'll agree, it's a bargain.
Housed in a former laundry and tooth powder warehouse, the Fillmore Factory House is an industrial haven in San Francisco. The 3,600 square foot residence features three bedrooms and three baths with a home office and a loft. Living spaces take advantage of the building's 17-foot ceilings while exposed ceilings, beams, and rough cut floors maintain the historic charm. At the center of the interior, a pair of stacked shipping containers hold an ensuite bedroom on the bottom and an office with a bunk above. On the rooftop, an additional 800 square feet of living space provides a custom bar with 11-foot custom teak bar top and lounge area backed by views of the city.
This truly one-of-a-kind space prominently features industrial design elements while retaining the warmth and comforts of a single-family home in design and layout. 3600± sq.ft., 3 bedrooms/baths and home office with loft, this voluminous space features ±17' ceilings and custom artisan details throughout, including two internal customized cantilevered shipping containers, teak vanities, Wolf & Sub-Zero appliances, indoor/outdoor multi-zone Sonos-powered sound system and state-of-the-art projection home theater as well as a 2-car garage with additional storage/workspace.
Additional 800± sq.ft. of outdoor living space completes the experience with custom-built outdoor bar featuring professional bar touches and 11’ custom slab teak bartop and under-bar heaters, fire table and grill area.
Upstairs bedroom comes complete with its own deck and massive catamaran-style hammock. Privacy, sophistication, true NY SOHO loft living in an established, vibrant neighborhood.
See the tub in the far corner? Draw back the full height draperies et voila!
Office / Guest Room
If you had to - really had to, leave your heart in San Francisco, this would be pretty good spot to leave it.
From ArchDaily : : Jakob presents Green façades, which is a wall system, where climbing plants or cascading groundcovers are trained to cover specially designed supporting structures.
Green façades use climbing plants, which are divided into self-supporting plants like root climbers or adhesive-suckers, and plants that need supporting structure, like twining vines, leaf-stem climbers, leaf climbers, or scrambling plants.
There are different types of support structures for Jakob's Green façades:
Modular trellis system: Stainless steel cable and rope wire systems consist of a kit of parts that includes high-tensile steel cables, wire trellises, anchors, spacers, and supplementary equipment. Vertical and horizontal wires can be connected through cross clamps to form a flexible trellis system in various sizes and patterns. And to cover large areas, stainless steel wire-rope nets can be supported on flexible or rigid frames.
Single cables system: Cables can be oriented in a vertical or horizontal arrangement and spaced to suit the overall look and/or plant type selected. Single Cable Trellis systems are a great way to draw vines up a space while scrambling plants love to sprawl sideways along horizontal style trellises.
Webnet for Greening: The stainless-steel mesh Webnet as a plant support blends well with modern architecture and enables an exact greening of the façade.
Spinnaker House (2018), the most recent work of Sparks Architects, reconciles another monumental setting. It builds upon lessons learnt by the practice over more than a decade of being challenged by precarious sites. Perched on the edge of an escarpment overlooking Hervey Bay, Queensland, the building seeks to balance the visual opportunities of the landscape, while providing sanctuary from the windy coastal environment. The building projects confidently, its sloping form paralleled by the falling ground below. The continuity of roof and wall strengthens its presence, making it a defiant object in a windswept landscape. Like many projects before it, Spinnaker House’s building section reveals most about the architectural intentions. Light and glare, breeze and wind, are controlled by the manipulation of enclosure. Occupation is encouraged to the very edge of the building, against the leaning timber screen hovering on the precipice. X : : https://architectureau.com/articles/sparks-architects/
The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is considered to be the West Coast’s premier design showhouse event, renowned for featuring the work of the region’s top Interior Designers. Selected to design “His Office” for the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, ABD STUDIO explored the concept of beauty resulting from destruction. A timeless design, the space featured a highly textured custom shou sugi ban desk with a patinaed antique brass sculptural base and an abstract painting depicting fading memories inspired by damaged video tapes. The home's original, expansive iron-framed windows and herringbone wood floors served as the prime foundation to layer lush textures such as soft white wool drapery, a well-loved antique rug, woven cashmere, Patagonian sheepskin, ebonized wood and linen paired with crisp contemporary tufting.
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Through mindful consideration, we achieve the intricate balance between architectural style, scale and overall room composition enduring a consistent and effortless ease as well as subtle luxury. It is our deepest hope that these spaces inspire meaningful memories for many years to come.
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But first, a question to the readership — as you are all well aware I invest countless hours in seeking out fresh new, novel, inventive expressions of design —be they architectural, furniture - graphics — the whole broad spectrum. And in so doing I apply my own sense of judgement as to what constitutes the extraordinary from — well, the ordinary. Frankly, you have no idea of the articles, pieces I preview — and reject. But I have to look at them, examine - explore, to see whether they meet a certain standard. Those that do, appear here in DR•I. And judging by comments I receive, it seems you agree with those choices.
However, in reviewing certain design installations I find I am often appalled at the callous indifference that many designers have for the real practical use and enjoyment that a patron or a client has a right to expect following both their investment of faith — and dollars. And so I have decided to speak out - to expose examples of such to you - all with the idea that there is learning that can be done here.
For example - the following room was designed/decorated by ABD Studio as a feature room in the showcase house. And it has a nice appeal - until you attempt to put yourself 'in the picture'. Look at the photographs and then I'll draw specific pointers about them
This is what I might term a 'very handsome and sensitively designed home study'— most likely envisioned for a woman in spite of the bold use of black as a striking backdrop.
But — a) who among you would ever sit on that bench? It is a bench, right? With no back — and so, one might sit, very uncomfortably — for a mere few minutes. But why? What's the point? It looks expensive. . . . it IS expensive.And it is - pointless. By virtue of its placement in the room it might suggest it is positioned where it is so that one might enter, and go and sit and look at the painting. But, that is just weird!
b) let's examine the other end of the room - trés elegant, yes? But, trés dumb! Why? For starters look at the chair and then look at the rug — a facsimile of a pony hide. By its very nature it is very thin. Imagine you go around the desk, pull out the chair so you can sit down and then pull the chair towards the desk.
One of two things must happen next - either the chair legs 'scrunch' the rug forward under the desk (most likely), or, you have to literally pick the chair up and move it — above the floor — in order to position it on the rug. And, what happens if you don't get it quite right the first time? You have to repeat the procedure enough times until you do get it right - until you are comfortable. . . .and then you don't dare move 'cause you have to do the chair calisthenics all over again. So - haven't these designers heard of comfortable chairs on casters? Perhaps not. And when it is time for you to get up and leave, how do you manage the chair? Do you slide it across the surface of the rug? Remember, I pointed out that the rug is rather thin - exactly how many times will you do that before the rugs has un-removeable chair leg marks in it. And, what then? Not fixable, certainly. It's simply, plain, dumb — all to aid in the perpetuation of the requirement to create 'cool' design. The one thing I am guessing that does make some kind of sense is the armchair can be readily turned about to face the desk for use by a visitor.
As we continue with DR•I we will share additional examples of 'wrong-thinking design'.
I trust you will find it both interesting and educational.
If you're of a certain age you'll recognize him as Ernest Hemingway -- one of the world's most famous authors.
In 1934 he bought a boat in order to pursue his love of fishing. The boat, Pilar, became a home away from home. He jumped back and forth between his house in Key West and Cuba. In 2012, Ernest Hemingway's niece Hilary explored his old fishing boat for the first time. The 38-foot Wheeler Playmate "Papa" named Pilar after his wife Pauline was just sitting in a berth outside Havana, holding nothing but history.
Hilary Hemingway boarded the boat that day with Wes Wheeler, whose great-grandfather founded Wheeler Shipbuilding in 1910. They measured the Pilar from bow to stern and now—eight years later—a new Pilar has been built from those measurements by the Wheeler Yacht Company and is expected to launch in September.
It probably was the most famous at the height of Ernest Hemingway's fame. The Nobel Prize-winning author piloted the Pilar throughout the Caribbean and had many adventures,
"It’s probably the most famous fishing boat in the world."Hemingway's boat — PILAR
Wheeler Yachts has worked hard to re-constitute the Pilar in a modern-day rendition.
Editor's note / comment: I have a great respect for leadership in design that seeks to perpetuate character and style from an era long gone. Simply because we, the world, are so very high tech now, does not, in the least, diminish the values inherent in fine and proud craftsmanship. IMHO - in the world od robotic leadership today, pride of craftsmanship is simply not a constituent element of mass production - pity that.
Why? Why this? 'Cause it's just, c o o l . Cool design, cool execution - it has flavour and character.
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WOW! Is it maybe, a slice of watermelon? Surrounded by - broccoli? Nah! that's silly!
Seen from a different perspective - it's a rooftop
Designing a project like Casa Biblioteca is every architect’s dream. So being able to combine an idyllic location, a sizeable commission, an open minded client who knows what they want, and the inherent sense of experimentation of a start-up, is quite a coup for a young practice. The residence’s creator, Sao Paulo based Atelier Branco was just a year old when this project came along, making this distinctive piece of architecture a breakthrough one for the firm, winning them since a number of awards and attracting international attention.
Nestled in an idyllic, tree-filled spot in the municipality of Vinhedo, in upstate Sao Paulo, this private home was the result of the architectural flair of Atelier Branco’s founding duo, Matteo Arnone and Pep Pons, and the character, needs and idiosyncrasies of their client. ‘It was a very challenging client and we were able to experiment a lot with the architectural solution,’ the pair says. ‘The result, even after a few years is still surprising. We are very proud of it.’
The brief outlined a home ‘to accommodate the need for a place to read; and the need of a place to think’. The architects’ response was to create a space more like a modernist pavilion or an art gallery, than a traditional home.
The structure is a simple rectangular glass box with a cast in-situ concrete structure (‘all the concrete was cast in a single working day,’ say the architects proudly). A series of slender columns hold up the tall ceilings creating a generous, triple height space. The walls are glass expanses that dissolve into the views, bringing the outside in.
Studio / Atelier Banco
After graduating from the Accademia Architettura Mendrisio in Switzerland, Italian Matteo Arnone and Spaniard Pep Pons moved to Brazil to set up their studio, Atelier Branco in São Paulo in 2012. Soon after, the firm started to attract international attention, winning the Gold Medal at the Triennale di Milano in 2018 and the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building – OCCAM Under 40 in 2019 for their Casa Biblioteca.
From WALLPAPER: (Ellie Stathaki - https://www.wallpaper.com/author/ellie-stathaki)
Photography: Ricardo Bassetti Kaza and Jaqueline Lessa
Enter Anthénea: An eco-friendly floating party pod that can sail where ever you want
You KNOW you want one, right? Man! What a fantasy!
Enter Anthénea: An eco-friendly floating party pod that can sail where ever you want
If a quirky getaway is on your mind, consider hopping onto Anthénea – a luxury floating hotel suite and water-based mobile home that is perfect for traveling in the times of COVID. Inspired by James Bond’s floating pod in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, the vessel is fun, fancy, and every bit fantastic!
Designed by architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle, the floating wonder runs on solar power and is 100% eco-friendly. It releases clean water back into the ocean using black and gray water stations and is equipped with sand screw anchoring to avoid any harm to the underwater ecosystem and environment.
Built as a luxury pod, the vessel offers 360-views of the ocean via its dome-shaped structure. It features a bedroom with an overflow round bathtub, a small living area with kitchen necessities and fiberglass windows as well as an outdoor seating area with a capacity to accommodate 12 people at once.
Anthénea can sail across waters and can be used by travelers to get to one destination from another. It is currently stationed at the Pink Granite Coast in Brittany, France and can be rented for a few nights. Interested folks can also buy one to live in along with customizations. Details on pricing and more are available on the company’s official website. Well, offbeat travel cannot get any better than this!
So — that's it for another issue — and I've barely scratched the surface. Stay tuned - be back at you in a couple of weeks.
We are now in Week 22.
Meaning that for me, it is now 22 weeks since I was forced into a 'stay-at-home' regimen - doctor's orders, way back on February 18th. HowzThat? Well, fact is I, unfortunately, suffered a fairly serious leg injury, which became infected, which took me to Emergency 4 times in 8 days,
which resulted in the 'stay at home' order.
Followed by, in the first week of March, the order to the general population, to 'stay home'.
22 weeks - almost half a year - hard to believe.
Coping, has been difficult - as we have collectively sought to shrink within ourselves, within our households - within our family units, there have been some startling discoveries. Coping mechanisms, the likes of which we, as a society, were never confronted with before, became the keys to maintaining and preserving some sense of normalcy — of a 'new normalcy' .
ZOOM fusions - remote movie night shares — order in, take-out. Introspection, the likes of which, as a society, we've never had to deal with before.
The overwhelming need, over time, to break free - break free of the tyranny of this pandemic. The urge to sit in a café once again — the need to see friends. The absolute need to see family — none of which was available to us.
For myself, as I strove to find ways to keep myself distracted, busy, to set projects for myself, I spent a great deal more time reading, reviewing — seeking out and searching for novel ideas/innovations in design. Perhaps because, collectively, being locked down, locked up, locked in — within our abodes, our shelters, many of us elected to re-examine the norms of our households — things we had previously accepted and taken for granted, we now had time to question. Makes sense, yes?
Professionally, as a designer for five plus decades, it was all these things that propelled me to think back on recent projects which dealt with small spaces. Thus, in this issue, and for the reasons as stated, I am indulging your patience in taking a look at one such project. However, as it involves Before/After photographs along with floorplans, it will be posted as the last entry in this issue.
Fusing local Oaxacan culture with modern architecture, BAAQ' has created an idyllic beach escape. The Naila House places four volumes on the rocky coastline of Mexico's Puerto Escondido. Each structure is situated on a concrete base, forming a cross-shaped courtyard with a swimming pool at their center. Their wood frames are clad in palm bone, a nod to the area's traditional beach huts while the interior's clay and earth floors and a clay stove in the kitchen fall in line with the local vernacular. Folding doors open the living spaces directly to the exterior, affording views of the Pacific Ocean to every room.
Fusing local Oaxacan culture with modern architecture, BAAQ' has created an idyllic beach escape. The Naila House (Casa Naila) places four volumes display over a surface of 740 sq. meters in Puertecito, on the rocky coastline of Mexico's Oaxaca, 20 km from Puerto Escondido.
The land is located on the highest hill of the coast, providing the house a privilege double side view of the sea. The main goal was to avoid any impact in the landscape caused by the used of the property and its context, as most of the daily activities are done outside.
The creative process of Casa Naila started with the core idea of 2 axis, in which each of the 4 structures are situated on a concrete base, forming a cross-shaped courtyard with a swimming pool at their center. These structures were key to achieve the perfect integration of architecture and its immediate surroundings.
Each structure consists of buildings of divers’ heights and inclined covers, which are a direct reference to the uneven and rocky landscape of the beach. It was important to give different orientations to the spaces to allow the best lighting and air circulation, as well as provide to each user a view of the sea.
The architectonic programme takes place indoors and outdoors looking for efficient and functional spaces, making the core of the project its connectivity between the living spaces, private areas, main courtyard, and the pool. As a result, we obtain a simple, aesthetic, and low maintenance housing able to accommodate up to 15 people.
The ground levels are made of reinforced concrete trying to frame and direct the views of the spaces to the south and west of the property. In the upper levels, the spaces are defined by structures made of wood frames and clad in palm bone, which are the predominant resources of the area and a nod to the area's traditional beach huts at the coastline of Oaxaca. The folding doors open the living spaces directly to the exterior, affording views of the Pacific Ocean to every room.
Due to the characteristics of the region’s weather, the adjustment of the palm bone and the mosquito net allows the permeability and ventilation of the spaces, beside creating an interesting mix of shadows and transparencies during day time, and a contras of lights during the night; making the house give the impression of a lighthouse from faraway.
One of the fundamental spaces of the project is the kitchen area, as this one harbors as center piece a clay stove called Lorena, which fall in line with the local vernacular. The bar and main workstation were also made of clay, as well as the covering of the floors, providing a thermal comfort to the users while giving the interiors a more natural and earthy appearance.
Named after a traditional song of the coastline, Casa Naila seeks to honour Oaxaca within every single aspect of their culture, from the selection of materials, the construction systems and techniques to its traditions and living experiences, but above all they way the cook.
Commentary: This is a novel, imaginative and inventive way to look at a communal property.
The latin culture is centered on family before all else. This interpretation is consistent with the values of latin life — the articulation of spaces, the sensitive use of natural materials - the mood and the ambiance all speak together in harmony and shared community.
A very big 'thank you' to Vanessa Bertran for the english translation and wonderful editing job she did!
For the spanish speakers among us, here is the extract from Uncrate, verbatim:
Commentary: This is a novel, imaginative and inventive way to look at a communal property.
The latin culture is centered on family before all else. This interpretation is consistent with the values of latin life — the articulation of spaces, the sensitive use of natural materials - the mood and the ambiance all speak together in harmony and shared community.
Gee! Lookee here! It's a closet, with a chair and a counter. Looks/feels familiar. Why might that be?
Oh yes! Now I remember - way back, many years ago, whether in an apartment or a house. my @home office was always in the smallest bedroom. And the way I would maximize space/efficiency was to take the doors of the closet, buy a hollow core slab door, cut it to the approrpriate length, buy 3 yards of white vinyl from Fabricville and wrap/staple the vinyl around the door. A couple of lengths of 1" x 2" strapping, screwed to the back and end walls of the closet at a height of 28 ½ inches was all I needed. With the door cut to the length of the closet interior I would then simply insert it so that it rested on the strapping strips.
Generally I would then do the same thing with two or three shelves above the desktop. This worked, by the way, with a drafting board originally and with computers, keyboards later on.
So that is why this looks familiar.
It is a cool concept - in this form, pricey though. Where this is best suited is like here:
That's pretty cool - idyllic even. Except — except it does not take into consideration that you simply require a power source if for no other reason than being able to close the door and turn on a light and a fan.....no?
Of course you could also do this. But, the same provisos apply. And of course, there are NO windows.....yuck!
From the manufacturer, LIVIT:
The work from home movement has left many people wishing for a dedicated workspace. Livit's Studypod is designed specifically to meet this need. Measuring roughly seven feet in each direction, it's made from a composite material, with a large glass window affording views of nature from behind the detachable desk. Oak laminate flooring, four downlights, and power socket fill out the feature list, and the simple shape lets it easily transition from office to yoga studio or even a bedroom.
Then again, if budget permits, there is this option. This is what I would do if I ever re-activated my residential interior design practise involving large-scale renovations or newbuilds.
See, this would be an ideal mobile work environment. The driver's chair and passenger's chair swivel around to face the table, which with the banquette would comfortably accommodate two others.. The mini kitchen would be great for coffee service and/or working lunches plus the rear section, with the beds removed, would provide a really nice table/desk workspace.
I would do this in a heartbeat if I were to seriously pursue private projects.
Of course, as a mobile 'writer's cabin', it would be a most wonderful place to spend a working day.
Here's the details:
LA STRADA NOVA EB CAMPER VAN
German camper van manufacturer La Strada has released their Nova EB built on the Mercedes Sprinter. Measuring in at 10 feet tall and seven feet wide, the La Strada designed the GRP bodyshell
for maximum interior space with clean, simple interior design to avoid any obstructions
while moving around inside. The upper cabin sleeps two in either dual twins or one
combined queen size bed, while below is a fully-equipped kitchenette, bathroom, and a
convertible dining or lounge area. Ambient lighting sets a relaxed tone and the materials
used are top-quality and highly customizable to the buyer's taste. Optional equipment like
four-wheel-drive and engine choices allow for getaways off the pavement.
Unfortunately, La Strada has no plans to bring the Nova EB to the US, like many
of the best camper vans on the market.
So, if a client or a contractor, in a fit of pique, said, 'Get the hell outta here!', their request could be comfortably accommodated. . . . . .
This is, simply a w e s o m e !
Why is it, as I see it, that so much creative brilliance and innovation literally erupts out of Asia?
I don't believe that this is simply my own opinion.
Innovation, inventiveness - the ability to look at and see things through
prisms that westerners, generally, do not have the ability to do.
That is not always the case, but when one sees a project like this one
has to wonder, 'Where on earth did such a
compelling vision come from?'
Chiang Mai is located in northern Thailand
Text description provided by the architects. Little Shelter is located in Chiang Mai where its old cityscape and vernacular architecture are characterized by wood structure with shingle pitched roof.
The hotel roof form inspired by traditional hip roofs as homage to the local architecture
has a little reinterpretation with an asymmetrical form blending naturally with the
surrounding tree top silhouette. The west side of the roof is partially carved out to
become a roof deck for guests to enjoy the panoramic river view at sunset.
The design continues the local architectural character through the use of the predominant traditional material – the wood shingles. The most interesting aspect of the material is in its system
that has been well developed for hundreds of years. Small units of wood shingles are
laid out like fish scales to become a watertight architectural plane.
On the entrance façade, the upper portion is composed of solid wood shingles
and they trickle down to mixed with polycarbonate shingles on the lower part.
Although working with the traditional shingle system, the uninterrupted translucency
surface is achieved by a special detail design using translucent studs and
special transparent screws.
The facade is glittering in the sun as the light touches different material grains,
from the solid wood shingles to the different translucency levels of the polycarbonate shingles.
The light passes through the facade and creates varying interior atmosphere
at different time with the changing light condition of the sky.
At night with the light from the inside, the building becomes a lantern glowing
on the riverbank. The structure seems less of a building but becomes
more like a piece of craftwork.
I suppose, if I were to drill down - way far down into the psyche - the deep sub-conscious, I might discover certain clues. One, simply would be, a fearlessness of sensitivity.
I do not know, and would be most curious to find out, if the architect/designer might be a woman.
The 'signature' I feel here, seems to flow from that distinct possibility.
And I'd be curious to know who among you feel the same way.
Speaking of innovation : : check this out! A most clever solution to the best location for a flatscreen TV.
Mount it on a frame that rolls back and forth between living room and kitchen/dining area.
What I can't quite figure out just yet is how are the necessary wires/cables are kept out of sight. Unless they are on a self-governing retractable spooling mechanism I don't see how it has been done....but, brilliant as a solution.
More to come about this in the next issue.
Richard Beard, Architects is a highly distinguished and much accomplished firm.
He was elevated in 2010 to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of the practice of architecture.
Their portfolio of residential projects is simply stunning.
This one, in California (near San Francisco) is a magnificent example of gracious transitional design.
The team that worked on this project:
Landscape Architect: Lutsko Associates
Interior Designer: Kelly Hohla Interiors
Contractor: Peninsula Custom Homes
Lighting Design: Pritchard Peck Lighting
Photographer: Paul Dyer
And now, from the sublime to the ridiculous — ridiculous in the sense that this teensy little project deserves to be on the same page as the rest of the content. But, as noted previously, this is not so much about design, good or bad, as it is about planning and maximizing the efficiency of a small space.
The site, a derelict and rundown tiny apartment, in a nice part of town, needed an in-depth analysis and review as to how it might be made more efficient, more attractive. The building in which it is located is a normal duplex (two apartments on the upper two floors) also contained two studio type apartments on ground level.
In my analysis of the vacant space my recommendation was to 'gut' the unit and re-plan it completely.
The previous kitchen (if one could cal it that) was an inefficient mess. The bathroom was plain nasty with turn of the century plumbing fixtures, ceramics etc. Plus in both the bathroom and the living room, two very large pipes ran across the ceiling into the adjacent apartment. The ceiling height was the legal minimum to begin with — in the area of the piping it was reduced by an additional 6 inches (see photo of previous bathroom).
In all the total area of this apartment is 352 square feet — which qualifies it as a 'tiny space'.
A key suggestion to the Owner was that in doing the renovation required we semi-furnish the unit and market it as a corporate 'pied à terre' - one wherein we envisioned that a company that flew personnel in and out of Montréal on a regular basis, could realize some significant accommodation savings with an annual lease on the unit. A central requirement was that it have a kitchen with the greatest efficiency possible and incorporate the very best of appliances. Thus the microwave is also a convection oven.
And the cooktop is a recessed two-burner induction unit. There is a full-size Samsung washer/dryer.
The refrigerator is standard height but somewhat narrower than normal. And the counter was designed to accommodate two people very comfortably with the ability to squeeze in a third if desired.
The seating unit is an IKEA Vallentuna design which easily flips out to become a single bed.
There are two large flatscreen TVs installed.And top it all off the rent included one indoor heated parking spot. Although the apartment was only a 5 minute walk from a Metro station it was anticipated that a target corporation would be either providing a rental car, or the occupant may well drive back and forth between Montreal and Ottawa, or Quebec City - or Toronto.
The first images are the 'before' photographs : :
Note the piping that traverses the space
Before : : Bedroom at front of apartment
Plan/Layout Before Renovation
New Proposed Plan/Layout
As noted in the project description there were many challenges that had to be overcome in this undertaking. For instance, the Owner insisted that we supply and install a queen size bed in the bedroom. He also insisted that the kitchen counter be able to accommodate 3 people. Moreover a full-size washer and dryer had to be located where the previous unit was because of plumbing/drain considerations.
And, full-size washer and dryers are extremely uncommon - had to invent a completely new support system to manage the installation. It is for that reason that a pleated accordion blind is what is the cover/mask in front of the washer/dryer.
There you have it. Working in small, tight spaces requires focused concentration and coordination among trades. In a case such as this, the unit had to also act as the staging area — there was no other available space in which to store ceramic tiles, toilet, vanity, doors — whatever. Insofar as I acted as both the designer/planner and project coordinator I spent countless hours running back and forth in attempts to coordinate deliveries from Home Depot, Canada Appliances, Best Buy - all the various suppliers — for there was no such thing as being able to tell them, 'It's okay - just leave things at the side of the house.'
A further complication was the simple fact that the Owner wanted the complete job to be done only by a licensed contractor. His reasons were valid, certainly - but the costs were pretty much double what they could have been — and we had scheduling issues/conflicts that were dictated by union regulations, etc.
But the job got done - everything worked. All was good. It's a job I take professional pride in - not because it is one of great design value - but because so many intricate challenges were met and overcome.
The space, feels, spacious — hard as that may seem, it does. And both the Owner and the Tenant, are happy. Pointe finale!
And so - once again, here we are.
You might want to be asking, 'So - what's new with DR•I?'
There are things - new directions - as I keep promising/threatening, so to speak.
Some of you have been the recipients in the past couple of weeks of an issue of DR•I that's somewhat different in format. We are moving towards a different way to present DesignReview.
Ultimately it will transition away from being the web-based internet site that it is now to being a standalone 'flipbook' publication. That has some interesting added attractions which we are still exploring. The extended use of incorporated video, of added soundtrack — some other features, will hopefully provide greater enjoyment to you the reader.
So - stay tuned - and watch your mailbox. Readers are being selected at random these days to receive the new DR•I in trial form. Your feedback is always appreciated.
Half full glass, half empty glass - halfway there - come halfway......
some may think of it as a threshold.
July 1st - Canada Day here, in Canada. 4th of July in three days in the USA
Said I wouldn't go there. . . . wouldn't make any disparaging remarks. About them. About him.
But - 125 days left. Or, 4 months and 2 days. 18 Saturdays.
Until the US election. A lot can happen in 125 days. A lot can happen in the 10 dozen days from next Monday until November 3rd.
Interesting, no? Of course it is.
Aston Martin • the mark of James Bond. THE, mark of automotive excellence.
And here they come again. But not automotively speaking.
Talk about c o o l ! Talk about super c o o l !
Lonika Chande is a London based interior designer who recently ventured out on her own. And her first client, as it turns out, was her mother. Remodelista featured the project in their publication last week.
The following is a partial extract from their post : :
After earning an architectural interior design degree from the prestigious Inchbald School and working for two design firms in London’s Chelsea, Lonika Chande felt ready to strike out on her own. What she needed was an initial solo project to show what she can do.
That commission came from Lonika’s mother, Lucy Dickens, an artist (and great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens), who dabbles in real estate: she and Lonika’s stepfather had bought a one-bedroom fixer-upper in Hampstead that they wanted to overhaul as a high-end, long-term rental.
The living area came with nearly 10-foot-tall ceilings and original windows that required restoring. Lucy agreed to expand her white paint palette: the walls are in “a warm and inviting but still neutral shade,” says Lonika--Paper I from the Paint & Paper Library. “With no cornice, the ceiling was painted in with the walls to soften the junction between the two. The window sash bars and rails were painted in Off-Black by Farrow & Ball, not only to make them stand out, but also to highlight the pretty Victorian spindles on the balcony behind. We went for bespoke sheer roller privacy blinds set inside the recess to expose as much of the original paneled detailing on the window architrave as possible.”
The furnishings are a mix of midcentury pieces Lucy already owned and antiques Lonika tracked down at good prices. The sofa cushions are made from vintage Kuba cloth: “as an artist, visual texture is extremely important to Lucy,” says Lonika.
“We spent a lot on the build and getting the bones of the property right, with good-quality flooring, tiles, and other fittings,” says Lonika. “Things like the ironmongery and the new doors were expensive. This meant that we had a tighter budget for the soft furnishings.”
Following are the 'Before' photographs:
As noted, Lucy Dickens is a well established artist - I wanted to showcase some of her work here.
I figured we could all use a little cooling down these days, so. . . . . .
and a little 'Back to the Future' couldn't hurt either:
This wonderful home was recently featured in UNCRATE.
The text and description are taken from that article.
Nestled among the trees of Portland's Forest Park, the Royal House, designed by William/Kaven Architecture, brings a contemporary edge to the rugged scenery. The 4,352 square foot dwelling is formed by a series of rectangular volumes stacked along a wooded ravine. Clad in black siding, the facade blends the stark, geometric forms into the surrounding tree trunks. Its four-bedroom interior boasts bright, open living spaces featuring white oak floors with dark walnut inlays and custom oak cabinets. Floor-to-ceiling glazing envelopes the level in views of the treetops while sliding doors expand the interior to an outdoor terrace and a Juliet balcony overlooking the hillside. Along with direct access to hiking trails including Wildwood Trail, the home is just minutes from the shops, restaurants, and bars of downtown.
A stunning, private home designed by award-winning studio
William / Kaven Architecture.
Photography © Jeremy Bittermann / JBSA.
A clever new product by Danielle Baskin is a remedy to current challenges with facial recognition software used to unlock phones. The San Francisco-based designer recently launched Maskalike, a company that prints custom face coverings with photographs of the wearer. Made of machine-washable cotton, the functional masks create a seamless look that opens cellphones and other devices without having to remove it first.
Maskalike currently has a waitlist for custom designs, although there are options for those who want to maintain some anonymity. The company sells masks printed with Hide the Pain Harold, a man featured in stock photographs who now is recognized widely as a meme. “Look permanently uncomfortable, trying to be happy,” the product description reads.
Try Before You Buy: Walkable Plans Offer a New Way to Visualize Architecture
These full-scale floor plans allow architects and their clients to take their designs for a test drive.
WOW! What an awesome, stupidly O B V I O U S solution to every architect's, designer's major problem - how to accurately, simply and inexpensively convey the true realistic spatial realities of a structure to the client?
Once you see this you slap yourself upside the head and ask yourself, 'Now why did I think of that?'
Check it out here
This idea, this concept came out of Australia. Read this brief account of how it came to be.
I was a builder pouring concrete at Tempe for a customer, the customer is annoyed by the size of the building and wanted it to be bigger, he didn’t realise how small the actual house was, even after looking at the plans for a long time.
I myself then wanted to build my own house and looking at the plans it was hard to wrap around the actual size of the building. I decided to draw the plans onto the ground in a park and was subsequently fined by the council. There had to be a cheaper way to view your plans life-size and that’s when it hit me. I rented out a warehouse, put up some projectors and was now able to walk through my house before it was built saving myself thousands from simples mistake, and now I am bringing this technology to you.
Bringing your architectural plans and your future house to a real-life size before you put $1 on building your home.
With the use of state of the art technology and tailored programs we are able to show your complete dwelling – including upper and lower floors, backyards, swimming pools and entertaining areas, along with driveways and parking spaces to a 'true' 1:1 scale.
You can park your car in the garage and walk around your whole property without annoying glasses or goggles. Your whole family can experience this all at the same time.
So - this technology is now available in the US - and probably soon in Canada also.Currently it is offered in Pittsburgh - but watch - soon it will be available in every major city in North America. So simple!
From Architizer: Nathan Bahadursingh
Even with detailed floor plans and renderings, it’s difficult for architects and clients to clearly visualize and estimate the proportions of a space. This discrepancy can lead to delays in design finalization, mid-construction changes and costs or an inadequate final product.
Ron Lyndon seeks to mitigate this issue and provide greater transparency during the design process with his new Walkable Plans venture. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Walkable Plans is a floor plan projection center that provides an immersive 1:1 scale layout of a residential or commercial space.
According to NEXTpittsburgh, Lyndon based the company on an idea he saw on “Shark Tank Australia” called Lifesize Plans. He took the concept of projecting true-sized floor plans and applied it to Walkable Plans, which is the first of its kind in the United States.
Using the latest technology, the floor plan projection facility displays life-sized architectural layouts onto the floor, allowing an architect or client to better experience and visualize a space. It gives builders, designers, architects and families the ability to confirm that a design is perfect before investing in construction.
The Walkable Plans facility uses four projectors that are connected to create one massive image measuring 48 by 70 feet. All the company needs is a PDF of the drawings a few days in advance. To make the experience even more immersive, the facility uses real furniture and portable walls in order to provide better clarity.
The Walkable Plans technology also has applications beyond residential and commercial building. It can cover landscapes, retail, manufacturing, office, medical and entertainment spaces. Additionally, it can be applied to more civic projects, such as public transportation and city planning spaces.
As stated on NEXTpittsburgh, Lyndon views Walkable Plans to be the “missing step in the design process.” The benefits are clear. Its ability to display all types of spaces allows individuals to cautiously plan, which ultimately saves money and time on a project.
Hey! DR•I is always - always on the look-out for new and novel technologies!
VESPA 946 CHRISTIAN DIOR SCOOTER
Piaggio and fashion house Christian Dior have collaborated to create the most luxurious experience available on two wheels — the Vespa 946 Christian Dior. Vespa and Dior are no strangers to style, and the Vespa is the perfect platform to express their creativity in motion. Painted creme white, the Vespa 946 Dior has gold accents and trim with a prominent Dior Oblique design in dark blue. The same pattern is used on the seat, with a bespoke square Dior carrying case that mounts to a rack behind the rider. The Vespa 946 Dior will be available Spring 2021 in Dior boutiques and Piaggio Motoplex stores worldwide.
Gee - I wouldn't mind one of these. . . . . great colour scheme.
But, there's also these called BoomerBuggies.....Daymak Boomerbuggy X Covered Mobility Scooter With Cool A/C$7,999.00
I'm figuring on a black one - then will have to get me a black leather motorcycle jacket (with lotsa zippers and stuff) and to finish it off a raccoon tail....yowzah!
Oh - they also come in these colours
Here I am - lighting up your life - again!
The most selling innovative table lamp. Winner of the Red Dot Award!
Within the warm frame of this pleasingly minimalist lamp is a surprising way to illuminate it. When you lift the lower ball attached to a cord, it attracts to the top one—thanks to the embedded magnets inside—creating a connection that switches on the lamp’s LED light. Separating them turns off the light.
The attractive curved design creates the illusion of light passing through the wooden structure. USB plug. Choose from beech wood or three color frame.
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Maybe this will help. . . . .
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Located in the Kanto region of Japan, the Ortho House is a modern family home in the suburbs.
The monolithic structure is comprised of two board-formed concrete volumes. Its interior is accessed through a subterranean garage where an elevator leads to the main level. Featuring floor-to-ceiling glazing, the interior is both visually and physically linked to a courtyard and a garden terrace. Each room expands to these external areas allowing inhabitants to enjoy the outdoors and still maintain privacy. While the interior mimics the facade with exposed concrete and muted tones, a coffered ceiling with wood inserts adds a subtly warmth to the living spaces.
Okay - here's the deal - IMHO this is a wonderful architectural statement, albeit I am unconvinced that the exterior shell couldn't do with some concession to material sensitivity - say, a slash of deep walnut banding. Just something to un-sterilize it.
The architects displayed a deft hand in the definition of the volumes and the spaces....the visual conversation is rich with harmonious balance, simpatico finishes. It's a wonderful design.
The next photograph is the Living Room, and although my opinion doesn't really change, there is one element that disturbs me. Were I the designer or the architect I would have argued for a change, a concession. I'm referring to the coffered ceiling design. Yes, it's a beautiful treatment - but again, IMHO, it is excessive in its intrusion into the visual language that otherwise composites this space.
Does anybody agree with me? Examine it more closely.....the walls appear to be a travertine marble. Perhaps not - could be Kerlite, or even a wood product. Point is it has a nice, rich but subtle texture.
The ceiling -as beautiful as it is, so tone rich, overpowers the space.
So, I decided to do a little experiment - using my Photoshop skills. Check it out.
There are a number of options that might be explored here - but I elected to retain the beams and the architectural reveals that run down the centre of each beam, thereby maintaining a strong connection, both visually and feeling-wise, to the original architecture. I eliminated the recessed coffer in so doing. To my eye the geometry is more gentling, actually more delineating because both the recessed coffers and the wood grain are not now pulling one's focus to the ceiling.
On the other hand, I did a similar experiment in the dining room - which I feel is terribly sterile, design-wise.
In this case I retained the recesses but eliminated the woodgrain ceiling deciding instead to carry the colour richness from the ceramic floor to the ceiling.
And so, whadday a think?
Moi, once done, I realized i wouldn't advocate for such a change. Not that it doesn't work - it does. But the coffered panelling provided a degree of warmth and material richness that this rather barren space really needs.
I would be interested in your opinions, comments
Looks kinda like a beehive sort of, yes?
Hooba Design Group used bricks with glass inserts to create a "semi-transparent character" for the headquarters of brick manufacturer Kohan Ceram in Tehran, Iran.
Tehran-based Hooba Design Group designed a special type of brick, which was manufactured in Kohan Ceram factory, for the six-storey block's facades.
"The spectacled brick was exclusively designed by our office and produced by Kohan Ceram factory for this project," said Hooba Design Group founder Hooman Balazadeh.
"The final block was achieved based on a series of trial and error samples," he told Dezeen. "A close cooperation between our office and the producer resulted in an innovative building block which combines brick and glass to create a singular module."
"The urban scenery along the major highways in Tehran is an amalgam of forms and materials, causing visual disturbance to the urban environment," Balazadeh said.
"This project tries to overcome this issue by minimalizing the form and limiting the materials. The resulting building is calm and neutral in the urban scale," he continued.
"In the building scale, on the other hand, the spectacled brick creates a very different perception for the observer and adds a layer of detail to the atmosphere."
Other recent building projects with patterned brick facades include Fundamental Approach Architects' Tehran apartment block with perforated brick screens and Adept's customised-brick housing alongside Carlsberg's Elephant Gate.
Photography is by Parham Taghioff- Deed Studio.
Client: Kohan Pour
Design consultant: Hooba Design
Principal architect: Hooman Balazadeh
Project architect: Parima Jahangard
Design team: Parima Jahangard, Mohsen Tahmasebi, Mostafa Dadashpour
Site supervision: Mohsen Tahmasebi
Detail design: Bahram Afsari- Mohsen Tahmasebi
Physical modeling: Mehran Alinezhad
Graphic: Shafagh kia- Maryam Eghlimi
Mechanical engineer: Iman Ilbeigi
Lighting design: FAD
Furniture: Harmony Co
S T O P • WAIT | WAIT - S T O P !
What are you seeing here? The lady in the photograph is probably 5'-6" tall? Possibly? Yes.....probably.
LOOK AT THOSE GLASS DOORS!
Extrapolate - if she is 66" tall, she is about one-quarter of the height of the doors......that would mean - yes, BOBO - that would mean the doors are approximately 20 feet high.
Yup! They are - in fact, they are the largest glass doors in the world. Each piece of glass weighs 1.5 tons!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I am not, kidding you. These doors are at the rear of an addition to an elegant old house in Antwerp, Belgium.
LOVE the possumPussyCat!
Text description provided by the architects.
A town house ready for the next century. The façade keeps its historical function and bourgeois radiance, neatly in line. The contrast with the rear is ample. All incorrect additions are replaced by a unit of space and light. Daylight and contact with the garden are introduced. The simple, contemporary glass rear has the world’s largest pivoting window – 3 meters wide by 6 meters high – and makes this house ready for the future.
Renovation old Bourgeois town house. Bell etage, so no connection on the same level with the garden. Clients wanted to have that connection and a more modern approach in connection with the old details. We broke down the rear part of the building to make this connection on the same level, and give the house a nice view to the garden from the different floors. We wanted to make also a connection with the different floors. This happened wit a triplex in the new built rear extension.
Materials new extension. Polished concrete inside and the outside terrace on the same level. Walls: masonry with painted. Windowprofiles: ODS Jansen Ixtra lasercut and tailormade with insulated glass from Saint Gobain. (glass 1.5 ton each slab). Each window (with frame) 2 tons. Dimensions: 3x6m and 6x3m above. Concept window: same form: T shaped as an old standard window. Kitchen: table tops also in concrete. The island is movebla to the terrace. The ideal bbq house. In the old front part we renovated the existing floors and architectural details. The new bathrooms are in the old style with modern approach. But we kept the old lavabo’s that were available in the house.
The new bathrooms are in between the two big bedrooms with double doors ‘en enfilade’ (a classical term for doors of different rooms on one view axe). So we didn’t do a lot; but what we did has giant repercussions to the way of living in that house.
This is what is truly known as a Tour de Force! Frankly I cannot understand why one would want to invest the kind of money it must have taken to design/specify two such huge doors. Spectacular result, no doubt......but. . . . . .
This is the home of Barton Myers, Architect. Although American by birth he lived and worked in Toronto for many years. The firm, Diamond and Myers, was the architectural firm that all young design professionals hungered to work for back in 1968 and almost 20 years thereafter.
From d w e l l magazine: $8.2million Written by: BJennifer Baum Lagdameo
Featuring steel garage doors that stave off fires, the home, guesthouse, and studio of Barton Myers are now on the market.The nearly 39-acre site in Montecito, California, that architect Barton Myers chose for a family home afforded breathtaking views of the ocean, the Channel Islands to the south, and the mountains to the north—but it did raise a red flag for him and his late wife, Victoria. "Fire was very much on our minds," shares Barton. "As an architect, if you are going to go into a dangerous area, you have the responsibility of dealing with that in a sophisticated way and hopefully establishing a prototype of how people should deal with these areas."
Barton Myers’s residence was notably featured in
American Masterworks: Houses of the 20th and 21st Centuries
which proclaimed it "one of the 40 most important works of
residential architecture in the last 120 years."
So - that's a wrap for this issue - barely scratched the surface of all the goodies I have stockpiled for y'all.
So far we're maintaining the twice monthly publication. Stay tuned - write, comment, critique - say something!
Development towards an improved or more advanced condition • as defined by Lexico/Oxford dictionary
To that end efforts are underway to continue the development of DR•I - to improve the nature, style and character, to bring the reader a richer, more fluid and efficient experience.
With this issue there will be an eBook file [.epub] of the previous publication, 4•6.
Why? It will allow the reader to download the eBook and read/review it without the requirement of an internet connection. It is, a book - it is the publication in a book form.
What will change is that a) an ePub document does not support slideshows and b) it is more cumbersome to include gallery photo displays.
Other than that it will deliver the exact same content.
Bear in mind - no attempt has been made to style the document - it is, ratther pedestrian in appearance.
That will change as we, advance.
Along the mangroves: The in-between space of Jack Trolove’s paintings
Tulia Thompson talks to Paparoa painter Jack Trolove
and considers his new body of work,
on show in Auckland from Sunday.
After painting all day, Jack Trolove walks along the mangrove coastline. It is dusk, as the day is turning, dark gathering, the mangroves becoming more shadowy. The way places you love slip into your consciousness, like the phrases and gestures of a loved one. Likewise there is something of in-between states about Jack’s potent new paintings.
The dark eyes in a large oil on raw linen painting, ‘Aerial Roots’, are brimming with tears. The young man looks either triumphant, or destroyed. Which is it? This is what makes painter Jack Trolove’s portraits so compelling. There is the visual immediacy of the faces, often in close-up, simultaneously slipping back into abstract lines of thick, bold paint.
I meet Jack during level two. The required lack of hug feels a bit awkward but necessary, and the vegan cafe is otherwise empty of customers. He is wearing a dull black shirt with muted red roses. He has only just finished painting. He is still “close up in it”. I ask him what it has been like working during lockdown, and he explains he stopped painting. He thought his new exhibition Mangrove at Whitespace in Auckland would be cancelled, and got a shock when it wasn’t.
“I just quit my life in an amazing way.” Instead, he grew vegetables.
Jack lives in a hut in the bush in Paparoa, one and a half hours north of Auckland. “You have to walk through the bush to go to the loo.”
Mangrove, a collection of 11 portraits, draws visual cues from the palate of Trolove’s surroundings, but the central concern of being liminal, between things, is an ongoing preoccupation and lived experience. Mangroves, those dark, waxy, horizon-dwellers that cleave to shoreline, are resolutely intertidal, they can tolerate being submerged in sea water.
‘Aerial Roots’ is so called because of mangrove’s pheumatophones – the muddy sticks you see around mangroves that take oxygen to their roots. A breathing device.
Mangrove has also been propelled by technical and aesthetic curiosity; the thick impasto work Jack has done previously is still exciting to him, but it was a challenge “to work with mark marking”. Colour became “intuitive”. He wanted to create “shifting space”.
The blue eyes in another painting, ‘Bones’, look tired. Maybe his subject is exhausted. Maybe her gentle face is just watching something distant, her mouth uncertain. There are dark greens and browns that harness the work to the earth. Jack feels this painting does what he dreamed for it. Some devastation, some hope. Sometimes when he walks past the studio he says she looks peaceful.
I have made this observation, comment, in previous issues - there seems to be a wholly different and unique grasp of residential architecture by latin professionals - Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador - we have included many, many fine homes in DR•I these past many months. I a personally, am always blown away by the inventiveness, the boldness - the fearlessness of new trails blazed in such architecture.
This house, as an example, is a study in tactility, in texture - a collision of colours and moods that provide both tranquility and a fizzy excitement at the same time. Definitely a 'zen-ness' to aspects of the design.
I seriously doubt if a North American architect or designer would have the courage to combine what is seen in this image. . . . the 'fence', of a seafoam green weathered cast is a brilliant formatic device that articulates and grounds the street level experience. The poured in place concrete shell and assymetrical roof beams are both a geometric statement and a deft slash of a well wielded pen - or pencil - or stylus.
There is a definite Asian 'voice' in the vertical wood cladding - almost bamboo-like.
Brilliant! This is one singular pivot-mounted slab door that opens into a beckoning and sensual entryway.
The uplighting is a quite perfect touch.
Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Area: 600 m²
Photographs: Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio
Text description provided by the architects. In 2015, the program requested by the client was relatively simple: a house just for him, with space to welcome his daughter on weekends and maybe in the future to start a new family. Another request was to make the most of the view of the valley in the back, which is a permanent preservation zone, in addition to designing the house entirely in exposed concrete. The first idea was to explore the slope of the land, locating the living room integrated with the kitchen and pool at the lowest level of the property. At the central level service structures, a small home theater and an office/guest room were located, with the upper floor reserved for 3 suites.
The aim of the project was that all rooms had the same privileged view of nature. Another key point of the proposal was to create a dramatic free span, framing nature and accommodating the main access to the house and garage. To make use of this effect, a gable covered in copper cuts the lot in half, supporting the upper structure of the residence and creating a counterpoint to the simple and sculptural architecture of the house. The sculptural effect of the concrete structure came about through a “folding exercise” in the architect's words. “I composed the blocks by materials: in the basement a volume covered in marble, on the middle floor a volume in copper and on the upper floor, a wooden box. Embracing the three materials, a concrete shell, which is limited to just two support points”.
Such simplicity is only conceptual considering how exquisite the final touches, fittings and material encounters are. Excellence in the quality of finishes is the client's merit: a perfectionist passionate about architecture. In the hiatus since the house was built a lot has happened; today it is also home to his wife, a small son and another one on the way. The architecture is timeless, but time doesn't stop.
THE PARCHMENT WORKS
In the countryside of Northamptonshire sits a Grade II listed Victorian house along with a cattle shed and the ruins of a former parchment factory. Rather than demolish the existing relic, Will Gamble Architects transformed it into a contemporary extension. The building's existing masonry walls were left intact and delicate glass volumes were inserted throughout the voids, preserving the historic quality of the property. To further highlight the original character, a material palette of Corten steel, oak, and reclaimed brick clads the exterior while rugged oak beams, lime-washed stone walls, and a concrete plinth live harmoniously with a modern kitchen throughout the interior.
The existing property consisted of a Grade II listed double fronted Victorian house. Connected to the house was a disused cattle shed and beyond that a ruin, which was a former parchment factory and scheduled monument.
The client’s initial brief was to convert the cattle shed and demolish the ruin to make way for a new extension. From the beginning of the design process it was clear that the client viewed the ruin as a constraint as opposed to a positive asset that could be celebrated through a sensitive but well conceived intervention.
Instead of demolishing the ruin, Will Gamble Architects proposed ‘a building within a building’ - where two lightweight volumes could be delicately inserted within the masonry walls in order to preserve and celebrate it.
A palette of honest materials were chosen both internally and externally which references the site’s history and the surrounding rural context.
Externally, corten steel, oak, and reclaimed brick were used. The extension was built from up-cycled materials predominantly found on site which was both cost effective and sustainable, whilst allowing the proposal to sensitively blend into its surroundings.
Internally the structural beams of the existing cattle shed were exposed, as well as the steelwork to the new parts - the stone walls were re-pointed and washed in lime to create a mottled effect, and a concrete plinth was cast along the base to create a monolithic skirting.
A contemporary kitchen (also designed by the practice) juxtaposes the uneven and disordered nature of the ruin and continues the theme of a modern intervention set within a historic context.
Photography by Johan Dehlin
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For a long-treasured family lake house in desperate need of a refresh, two sisters turned to Schumacher to zhuzh-up their midcentury modern space without dismantling its perfectly imperfect charms. Stylish and happy indoor/outdoor fabrics were just the things to channel the cabin’s surprisingly chic legacy—and they’re tough enough to handle anything that comes their way.
The lakeside getaway that sisters Vivette Porges and Claudia Beyer grew up in and inherited from their parents had begun to show its age. But any redo would require a gentle hand to preserve the home’s intellectual-boho air: Their dad, Peter Paul Porges, had been an illustrator for The New Yorker; their mom, Lucie, had spent 43 years as a designer for fashion icon Pauline Trigère, and had lovingly renovated the home. Both of them were Viennese émigrés, and through the years the cottage crackled with life. It was the type of place where the neighborhood kids congregated for breakfast, where the atmosphere was welcoming and unpretentious, and all the details felt right without any of it trying too hard. “We didn’t want to do anything that would change the essence of Mama’s house,” says Vivette.
In the end, the Schumacher team opted for indoor/outdoor fabrics in the kinds of bold, bright motifs that Lucie always favored to wake up the spaces without altering them too much. The high-performance textiles are ideal for the relaxed, easy-breezy lifestyle that the family has always cherished at the house, and honor the chic practicality that Lucie espoused. “She would love it,” says Claudia.
It was the type of place where the neighborhood kids congregated for breakfast, where the atmosphere was welcoming and unpretentious.
By Mario López-Cordero
Produced by Olivia Caponigro and Tori Mellott. Photography by Max Kim-Bee.
Interior styling by Olga Naiman.
Food styling by Paul Grimes.
From the architects:
Settled in a rocky enclave of seasonal, waterfront homes, Metrick Cottage is a one-storey, wood-clad, residence and boathouse on the shore of Lake Joseph, Ontario. This year-round retreat for a multi-generational family, draws inspiration from the rugged beauty that surrounds it to create a warm, elegant, and eco-friendly home.
Team: Robert Kastelic, Kelly Buffey, Nazia Aftab
Construction: Mazenga North
Photography: Shai Gil
The design of the main cottage consists of three distinct yet connected ‘pods’ comprised of an open, communal space, flanked by private bedroom suites. The residence was carefully situated in the landscape so that the bedrooms face a stone ridge on either side, creating a visual boundary that extends the perception of space while providing privacy. At the same time, each pod is slightly angled from each other in order to capture the longest view from the central pod where the family congregates. Various textures of wood were used, from the semi-charred fir cladding to a torrified-ash that wraps the interior floors, walls, and ceilings.
From the Lake, the cottage is designed to elegantly blend into the rugged terrain, while the boathouse maintains a quiet presence on the water. Together, the home offers a serene oasis for the Metrick family, with panoramic views of the lake and shoreline beyond.
Sited on the shore of Lake Joseph in Ontario, the Metrick Cottage & Boathouse reflects is rugged scenery in design and materials. The main house is devised as three gabled volumes. Their charred fir exteriors feature exposed joists and oversized eaves, giving them a rustic character while standing-seam metal roofs and expansive glazing provide a contemporary quality. Each timber structure is separated by function, with the main living areas in the center and the master bedroom and guest suite on either side. Intimate areas are placed toward a stone ridge for privacy and angled to allow the central gathering pod unobstructed views across the lake. Stretching from the shore, an accompanying boathouse floats on the water's surface and offers three slips and sweeping vistas.
Discipline, in design, is a prerequisite. One's ability to conceive a vision, a concept - and then to see it through all the pathways and processes - all the while remailing true to that core vision, is discipline.
That's what we see i this mostwonderful lakeside retreat. An essentially monochromatic colour scheme, one wherein the tones of natural materials, form a comforting coccoon in a wllderness setting.
Kudos to the architectural/design team - and to the clients - who quarterbacked this initiative through to such a wonderful result!
And so here we are again ◾ this is now, the second mid-month issue ◾ and still, no one has responded/replied in regards to stating if you 'like it' or 'don't like it' - hmmmmmm ◾ not so easy to figure you all out, not
Back@you in 2 weeks
Some time back - oh maybe, like in January or February - I made a promise to you the readers. . . . that
I would no longer use the platform of DR•I to voice concerns, critiques in respect to world events.
That I would maintain a respectable posture of non-engagement in regards to the performance (or non-performance) of political world leaders (or wanna be leaders. . . ) I strayed, once I think - as I thought the situation merited it.
'And, so - what do you think now?', you might well ask. I have, many thoughts - I have many feelings -
I have disappointments and frustrations. . . . as do, I'm sure, many of you. But those will not be shared,
or spread across these 'pages'.
Suffice it to say, in allowing my conscience to speak for me, on Friday night last, I cancelled/deleted my Facebook account. After more than 10 years, 'sayonara'........the 'whys', the 'what fors', - well, if you have to ask you're just not tuned in..
Sadly -as the FB connection was one that kept me in front of friends and colleagues, ex-co-workers, ex-students - in Amman, Hong Kong, Milan. Beirut, Victoria, Miami - other places..... I will surely miss them.
A void is now in the place where once a warm spot used to be. . . . . but, one has to either live by their code of morality, or - not.
Moreover, no longer will FB be a place where I can announce to my confreres, news about DR•I and other design-related issues.
'Nuff said', he said. Grazie though, to my FB associates. I will, miss you.
A London Home Goes From Georgian to Modern, With a Detour : :
By Alice Rawsthorn : : New York Times
Notice the plaster mouldings? You have to assume the ceiling here is about 14' in height. Why? Because a standard door measures 80" - and here we have almost double that. Pretty awesome.
The house/home was designed and built from 1773 to 1774 by one of the estate’s surveyors, John White, and Thomas Collins, a sought-after ornamental plasterer. MM
The owner of an apartment in an 18th-century townhouse thought she was undertaking “an easy conversion.” Then she entered a maze of rules and interpretations.
When Heather Kane was scouring her favorite London neighborhoods two years ago searching for an apartment to buy, she discovered a promising candidate on the first floor of an 18th-century townhouse on Harley Street, in the Marylebone area of the city center.
“I loved it,” recalled Ms. Kane, a 42-year-old technology executive turned design entrepreneur, who was born in Los Angeles and has lived in London since 2015. “Most of the apartments I’d seen had beautiful, original facades but were too pared back inside. This one was huge with high windows and ceilings, original plaster moldings, and an amazing terrace.
“I love London’s historic architecture and wanted to preserve as much of the period detailing as possible. I thought it would be an easy conversion, but it turned out to be 10 times harder than anything I’d done before.”
The cause of her difficulties was Britain’s labyrinthine architectural conservation system, which ensures that any changes to a building deemed to be of historic importance, like the Harley Street townhouse, must be approved by the local planning department. Ms. Kane’s home is in the City of Westminster, which includes some of London’s finest historical buildings, but whose planners are famed for their strictness and for having very particular opinions on what constitutes acceptable — and unacceptable —— architectural interventions.
Translating such a building into a comfortable, functional contemporary home is almost always intensely subjective and potentially contentious. One person’s interpretation of sensitive restoration can be another’s idea of architectural carnage, while a third might regard it as too timid. As Ms. Kane admitted, one of her challenges in navigating British conservation politics was having no knowledge of the planning system. Another problem was the difficulty of translating her needs and wishes into something that Westminster’s planners would approve.
Like much of Marylebone, Harley Street originated as a speculative development by the Portland Estate, owned by the Duke of Portland, whose wife inherited most of the land between what are now Oxford Street and Marylebone Road, in 1741. Harley Street’s construction began in the 1750s, and the house containing Ms. Kane’s apartment was designed and built from 1773 to 1774 by one of the estate’s surveyors, John White, and Thomas Collins, a sought-after ornamental plasterer.
Grander houses were built nearby at that time — notably those designed by the Scottish architects Robert and James Adam on Mansfield Street — but the delicately rendered cherubs in Collins’s plasterwork would have been enough to distinguish this one. His renown may also explain why several of his ornate panels survived nearly 250 years of construction, including the house’s conversion in 1949 into flats. Collins’s skill also contributed to the entire house’s being given a Grade 2 listing, which is awarded to a building “of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve it,” in 1987.
Like many London apartments of similar vintage, Ms. Kane’s two-bedroom, first-floor flat combined some original elements with a motley assortment of additions dating from the early and mid-1800s, early 1900s, the 1949 conversion, and subsequent makeovers. Westminster’s planners insisted that all of those features be preserved and that any adjacent work match them. Ms. Kane was happy with that, but not with the planners’ response to her request for what she thought were modest changes to make her new home “more livable,” as she put it.
Ed note: Don't you just love the archway? Homage to a radiator. . . . of course, in 1740, it may well have been that radiators were not as yet in existence. Therefore, it begs the question, 'Why an archway? Why here?'
And the answer may well be that it was in fact a passageway to somewhere else.......make sense?
This to me, is a lovely example of a renovation, sensitively and elegantly undertaken to reflect both the tenor of the architecture of the time, and also to bring forth a very personal stamp of the current owner.
The full article in the New York Times is available at:
M E D D L E S O M E ?
Who, me? Well, maybe so - but I would argue, it's only a designer taking creative license/freedom - to comment, critique - to show perhaps a better way. IMHO this is a lovely, simple space, this guest bedroom. Gentle, elegant, simple. But I feel the two pieces of art displayed on the wall of the recessed archway are a) too small, b) out of context. So, I did some searching. Firstly I thought a ROTHKO poster reproduction - with the wonderful range of colours ad moods - might be right. And, many would be. But I luckily tripped over the work of a Canadian First Nations artist, Linus Woods. He is a Dakota/Ojibway artist from the Long Plain Fisrt Nation of Southern Manitoba. He is largely self-taught. Please visit his work here.
I selected the one you see in the following 'edited' image. It is called,
'Untitled - White Horse Looking Down' .
And as part of 'Designer's License', I added the frame. So - what do you think? Would love to hear your comments.
By the way - because I find his work so rich, so compelling, I am showcasing some of Mr. Woods paintings here.
A SHACK NOT IN THE WOODS
There is a wide-ranging fascination of late, for small spaces. Nobody seems to be able to explain it.
Is it cost-related? Think not - at least not in the main - a certain percentage equates smaller with cheaper. And in that they are not necessarily wrong. However having designed numerous small spaces in my career (from powder rooms to kitchens, staterooms to home offices) - oft-times it can cost much more to achieve miniaturizaton in anything. Hardware is more costly, labour is more expensive - there is no rule of thumb, but it costs big money to be, well, innovative.
But that fascination exists - it's akin to small boat (or even big boat) interiors. Having had a 40' houseboat for a few years, I know firsthand how one has to consider the consequence of every decision to 'bring something else onboard.'
To that point - this is a quite lovely exercise in clever thinking.
PREFAB MOUNTAIN REFUGE
Gnocchi+Danesi architects merge traditional alpine shelters with modern design to create the Mountain Refuge. The compact cabins are constructed from two prefabricated plywood modules that feature dramatic roof pitches while a black pine tar finish gives them a minimalist character. Interiors total around 258 square feet and although the designers offer a variety of layouts, the living spaces are left mostly open to give owners the flexibility to accommodate their needs. There's also the option of adding another module to boost the inside 129 square feet. With helicopter delivery and no need for a poured foundation, the Mountain Refuge can be placed in remote locations that couldn't normally be reached using conventional methods.
Photos: The Mountain Refuge
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Pour moi, there is a 'baring of the soul' in the raw bleakness of this environment. Striking, it resonates deeply. Pour moi. . . . .
When we're finally able to break out of quarantine, you won't want to be confined by four walls anymore. The Casa Cosmos is the perfect cure for cabin fever. Located on a remote piece of Pacific coastline in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, the seaside retreat features an open-air design. Wooden screens slide out to seamlessly expand the minimalist living spaces to the jungle landscape. For full ocean views, head to the rooftop terrace and catch the sunset. Its interior is comfortably equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, and queen-size bed while an outdoor hammock and private plunge pool ensure relaxing is part of the agenda.
Casa Cosmos is the perfect house for you to relax, come and disconnect yourself from the city chaos.
In this remote beach of the Mexican Pacific coast, you will be able to let go of stress, we want you to enjoy your stay, have time and space to finish that book that you been willing to read or just enjoy the incredible sunsets while you walk down the beach.
S U R P R I S E !
A bonus for you all!
Yes - I know - it's been only two weeks since the last issue, 4•5. My dilemma is what should this number be? I suppose it will have to be 4•5-1 - make sense?
Speaking of sense(s) - I may come again to my senses and not repeat this folly. Unless, of course you all want me too. So, if you do, then you must send an email to: michael@DesignReview.International and in the Subject field, type: STOP! Don't Stop!
Okay? If I do not receive at least 50 positive replies for this mid-month issue it will likely be the only time we do this. Let's see who's listening/reading out there. . . . .
On a related note, this is a part of a greater experiment. The hosting provider through whom DR•I is published has recently developed a pretty cool newsletter function - and it is by using the newsletter link that you will be reading this issue now. Enjoy!
I LOVE furniture! I know I don't showcase a lot of it - probably because there is either far too much sameness or lack of fresh design thinking. But when I come across something that is fresh, different - striking - then it will appear in DR•I. This chair is from a company, DMITRIY....and this model is called the ZERMATT swivel chair.
What do we like about it? a beautiful simple form/shape, wonderful proportions - a luxe tailored appearance. Would be perfectly at home in a living room, a hotel room or an executive office.
What would we change about it? I'd provide the option of a matching ottoman/footstool - and you know - you just know, it should be round with a muffin top .......
What do we not like about it? The price - at $4125.00 (USD) each it is way outside almost anyone's budget.
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Dmitriy & Co is a modern furniture and upholstery atelier dedicated to timeless design and exquisite craftsmanship. The brand’s history of producing bespoke furnishings can be traced back to the Lower East Side of New York, where artisanal mastery was hard-earned over three generations. The compulsion to design and create by hand serves as a vehicle of artistic expression and pays homage to an age-old craft that remains embedded in our culture.
The company’s latest collection pushes the boundaries of aesthetic innovation. New technologies coupled with new ways of seeing things drive the language of form in unexpected and sublime directions—a warm modernism that is at once familiar and wholly new.
And for much the same reasons we adore the ARP chair.
Very elegant, very simple, very expensive.
At $4250.00 (USD) - what can I say?
This slideshow is rather interesting because it shows how a curated selection of artwork, in the same setting, can really change the mood and timbre of the space. Some of you - mostly those who were students of mine - will remember something I tried to imbue in you when it came to fine residential interior design ........ when you work with a client in their home you have two primary responsibilities - the first is to be as good an interpreter of your client as possible - the second is to strive to be a 'mood architect'. In that sense, mood, is the sixth, or seventh, sense...... wonder how many of you can list all the others. And so, study these photographs - you can pause the slideshow - and ask yourself 'How has this painting modified or changed the mood?'. You may surprise yourselves.
S I G H !
Doesn't this just compel you to - s i g h ?
It does me. . . . Man, I could sit/lie/snuggle down - right here - for days on end.
When I worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Miami, my first apartment was on the rooftop of a six storey building - right on the beach - in Hollywood. Yes! I would walk out of my building and literally be 6 feet away (across the Broadwalk) from the sand of the beach. And since my living room window faces east, I spent hours and hours just staring out at the Atlantic Ocean. Many an early morning was spent watching tramp steamers traverse the horizon.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN BEACH HOUSE, RHODE ISLAND
Quarantining might be a little more bearable if you were held up in a private seaside sanctuary like this South Kingstown Beach House. Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the contemporary cottage boasts a boxy form clad in timber planks. Its interior takes on a reverse-level layout, placing the three bedrooms on the ground floor and the communal areas above. The open living space features a kitchen and sitting room with painted beadboard ceilings and oak beams while floor-to-ceiling glazing highlights the coastal views. Step through the sliding class doors and enjoy the ocean breeze or retreat to the back porch for sunset drinks overlooking Green Hill Pond.
Such a gem! Sited between Charlestown Beach & Green Hill Pond, with panoramic Atlantic Ocean views to Block Island, Charlestown Breachway and beyond, this truly unique, custom-built home is seaside perfection!
Of course, it's a bargain at $2,500,000.00 USD. Do you think the ZERMATT chairs might find a suitable home here?
T W I S T Y / T U R N Y - round 'n round she goes. . . . . . so cool! EE Stairs company are brilliant innovators. They always rise to the challenge put in front of them by madly crazed architects, designers. This is an example of absolute purity of form and of form following function!
Asymmetrical Ribbon Staircase at One Bank Street London
Design: tp bennett, Adamson Architects
Location: One Bank office tower, Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, east London, England, UK
The design of the 730,000 ft2 One Bank office tower at Canary Wharf is unusual in two ways. Developer Canary Wharf Group’s base-build architects, KPF, produced a receding convex main elevation which sits on a cantilevered lower segment. This bold architectural geometry takes an even more dramatic turn – several turns, to be precise – inside the building. Here, tp bennett, Adamson Architects and EeStairs collaborated to produce a remarkable asymmetrical ‘ribbon’ staircase linking three floorplate balconies.
....... the full article is here.
To me, this is exciting architecture - bold, imaginative, trail-blazing.
A wonderful articulation of a vision that actually makes great sense architecturally and structurally.
A new mixed-use development in Shenzhen, China designed by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) ambitiously pushes the "traditional boundaries between building and the urban context."
OMA's CMG Qianhai Global Trade Center project is described as a compressed "Micro City" that the firm believes will be an example of "a tower, a cluster, a neighborhood, and a city."
The clustered volumes aim to visually and physically connect two main towers, a cube-shaped volume in the center, and a lower building complex all into one harmonious development.
From an article in Archinect by Madeline Amhurst ~ Georgia Tech Campus (Historic) Housing Renovation
Koda will begin shipping the Koda Loft, the company's tiny movable home, to US customers this summer.
The Koda Light can be moved on a trailer in one piece, though a crane is required to fit the home into place.
The 310-square-foot home has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs bedroom.
Estonia's Koda will begin shipping the Koda Loft, the company's tiny movable home, to US customers this summer.
Koda, which is a part of Kodasema OÜ, said it received constant messages from US clients requesting that the company deliver its movable tiny home overseas. The positive response from prospective customers prompted the company to do just that.
Koda has satellite offices in Europe and Canada and is now focusing the majority of its production and sales on the Koda Loft.
The Loft's steel-reinforced timber frame allows the movable home to be lightweight and environmentally friendly, according to Koda. At about 11 tons, the wooden loft is half the weight of the Koda Concrete, the company's concrete movable tiny home.
It does seem all ablur, no? How are y'all doing? Days slide by, I look out my windows to what has always been a fairly active roadway. . . . pas maintenant. I actually conducted a little survey a week or so ago.....from 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM on a Wednesday morning, I actually sat and counted the cars that drove down the street to the stoplights from which most traffic would turn right to access the on-ramps to the Champlain Bridge or Hwy 15 northbound - or the 10 east to get directly downtown. In normal times, it is a bustle of cars, bikes and buses at that time of the morning. And generally through until about 9:30 or so.
That day, 72 cars made the trip - the trip past our building to the corner of Boulevard René Levesque - to head to work. 72 cars! Astonishing.......and even now, mid-afternoon, if I gaze through the window, the roadway is pretty much vacant.
We all feel it - it's all we talk about. It's the focus that captivates our compass, day to day.
The only good sense advice that makes any sense is, 'Hang in there.' Right?
But here - here we have a lovely distraction. Yes - I know it's a train. And it's a train on a bridge....but, what a train and - what a bridge!
Seen from the other side of the bridge, it's somewhat different.
This is, a part of that train! Believe it or not - as is this
This is the KRUGER SHALATI TRAIN LODGE. . . . . For those looking for something unique, exotic, and surrounded by views, the Kruger Shalati Train Lodge checks all the boxes. The boutique hotel is housed in a restored train stationed on the Selati Bridge above South Africa's Sabie River. Each car has been converted to house 31 luxury guest rooms that highlight the local culture with local art and custom furniture along with a lounge carriage offering a bar, pool, and deck overlooking Kruger National Park. The train Lodge will begin boarding passengers in September 2020.
Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge. One of the most anticipated and exciting new offerings coming to the iconic Kruger National Park, South Africa. A perfect combination of Africa’s most breathtaking natural splendours with well-deserved luxuries aboard a newly refurbished train that’s reminiscent of African excellence.
Permanently stationed on the historically-rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati will offer the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train which will pay homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago while welcoming new explorers from near and far. The train celebrates where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s, the train would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati will be positioned.
Offering 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms, all of which will provide a deeply visceral experience, tailored for immersive comfort. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, an enthralling break or to simply immerse yourself in earth’s finest creations, Kruger Shalati looks forward to welcoming you on a journey of discovery with nature in the most extraordinary way imaginable.
The glass-walled, large train rooms allow for infinite views along the length of the majestic Sabie River while the style of the train is a celebration of African design in collaboration with local art and crafting skills. High above the riverbanks, aligned with the floor level of the train, will lie our bespoke deck with pool, offering a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodile, hippos, buffalos and elephants greeting guests meters below – a vista unlike any other!
Thought-provoking, unique design is core to our offering, but the holistic experience is centred around our human-ness, our cultural nuances, the people involved in the making of every element, and ultimately the kindness with which we receive our guests.
Experience the Kruger, suspended over the Sabie River.
To my mind, this would be the perfect escape - from these days, these times.
Check out the web-site at: https://www.krugershalati.com
A luxury apartment on Paris’ Avenue Raymond Poincaré required a feature staircase in the middle of its stylish living room.
The staircase, which connects the home’s main living area to its master bedroom features attractive wooden treads and risers which combine with steel a Cells balustrade finished in white. An attractive, glossy EeSoffit finish – also finished in white was used on the stair’s underside, an alternative to stucco plasterwork that doesn’t compromise on strength or style.
Fascinating! Clearly, the world is fast-changing. Science, technology - innovations. You wouldn't have believed it some few months ago if you were told that a 1000 bed hospital could be built from the ground up and be operational within 6 weeks. And yet, that is precisely what happened in China. In the last issue of DR•I you read about small footprint housing that is the product of a 3D printer! And now this!
An accordion house! Fascinating!
House in Tezukayama / Fujiwaramuro Architects
Text description provided by the architects. This small house is located on a narrow street in a dense Osaka neighborhood. We were involved in the project starting with the search for a lot and visited a number of potential sites with the client. Ultimately, we selected this sited measuring 3.74 m across by 16.31 m deep. One of the client’s requests was that the house provide places to display their photos, pictures, and decorations. The lot’s small size, however, meant the living space had to be compact and multi-story, with some of the space allocated to a staircase. Furthermore, the crowded residential neighborhood promised little chance of good exterior views.
As a strategy for solving all of these problems at once, we devised a “shelf-staircase” that serves as both display space and living space, in addition to providing interesting interior views. The shelf-staircase is structurally independent from the overall building. This independence is visually expressed through slits inserted between the staircase and the split-level floors in front of and behind it. Sunlight filters pleasantly through skylights at the top of these slits.
The shelf-staircase is comprised of passages, shelves, a desk, and living space. The views as one goes up and down the stairs are reminiscent of moving three-dimensionally through a forest. Designed to function centrally in the residents’ daily life, the structure is highly practical. The items they have displayed on the shelves, from shoes to toiletries and laundry supplies, create a relaxed mood
At the top of the shelf-staircase is a study with a desk that melds into the shelving. The soft natural light from the slits casts a mottled pattern like light filtering through trees onto the structure, making it a comfortable place where the residents sometimes pause to sit on one of the soft pine treads and read a book. It serves one more function as well: a giant cat tower for the recent feline addition to the family.
Close to home, in Vermont
Woodstock Farm is a modern architectural masterpiece and landmark work by award winning and internationally recognized architect Rick Joy. Based on a conceptual framework that draws from the simplest archetypical forms, this dramatic stone and shingle house and counterposed barn is set on over 200 acres of Vermont countryside minutes from the picturesque village of Woodstock and in close to ivy league Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Plus, it has its own hockey rink in the basement!
Melding effortlessly into the Green Mountains, the property is sensationally experiential in nature and the design is executed with the sharpest attention to craft and detail. Drawing directly from the architectural vernacular of the rural northeast, the tension between the historical and contemporary is conveyed, to paraphrase the architect, “through the massive character of the walls, through the qualities of light and dark, through spatial movement and through atmosphere.”
The four-bedroom main residence offers a 152-foot elongated gable house with massive end walls of quarried Lake Champlain bedrock and cedar cladding on the roof and side walls. The east gable wall presents a unique and transformational entry that conveys the individual into the cathedral-like great room with its impressive interior space created by the structure’s Barker steel bent frame construction. The eye is also immediately drawn to the long hall that provides visual and physical connection to the additional en-suite bedrooms terminating at the dramatic sliding door to the master bedroom suite.
The living spaces present the highest level of interior fittings and furnishings, and behind the blind nailed fir wall interiors, the property employs cutting edge mechanical, electrical and geothermal heating and cooling systems technology.
The basement of the main home also offers a synthetic ice floor for indoor hockey practice.
Price? $9,750,000 USD
Curved glass doors puncture the residential extension of this brick house in Montreal, designed by local studio TBA.
Called DeNormanville, the single-storey dwelling is in Montreal's Rosemont borough, also known as La Petite-Patrie. It comprises a historic red brick home with a paler, more contemporary addition.
Montréal - that most unique and distinctive crucible of design and creativity. Here is just another example of why we're proud to be, Montrealers. This appeared in de seen digital magazine and was written by Bridget Cogley. Bridget is a reporter for Dezeen.
She graduated from University College of London with a master's degree in European history in 2014, with a focus on modernist architecture in Tel Aviv. While studying, she worked for a start-up involving product transparency, and then moved to New York City to continue working within the fashion and start-up industries.
Bridget joined Dezeen as an intern in summer 2017, before she was made editorial assistant and then reporter for the US team.
Tom Balaban Architect (TBA) designed the extension for the house to both connect and contrast with the original structure, which is known as a shoebox home.
These dwellings were erected in Montreal in the early the 20th century in tandem with the development of the tramway system, but over the decades they have been replaced with low-rise, multi-unit apartment buildings.
Again! Québec style! You'd almost get the idea that it's spéciale. . . . non?
'Cause it is - this is another example of prettyCool architecture to be found here.
The Lakeside Cabin in Quebec, Canada, looks like a great place to hang with friends, literally – thanks to a climbing rope in the front room. Besides this fun little addition, it's well-equipped for entertaining guests and is designed to maintain a comfortable interior temperature, even in the harshest winter conditions.
Lakeside Cabin (aka Chalet Lakeside) was designed by Atelier Schwimmer for two brothers who enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle. It features an attractive exterior finished in a local larch wood – much of which has been charred using the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method to protect and preserve it. Additionally, the exterior has a cantilevering section that juts out to shade the home in summer.
• c r e d i b i l i t y : :
the quality of being believed or trusted
so, let me ask you.....if you had to choose someone, in your family, that fits the description of credibility, who would that be? And would you be able to identify more than one? Better question yet might be,
'Who would you choose?'
The Quality of Being Believed or Trusted
we have all witnessed, of late, the rampant dissolution of credibility as it regards the reality, the seriousness, the veracity of truths regarding possibly the greatest global calamity of modern times.
Donald Trump has sunk to new lows, has re-defined dishonesty, has behaved as a spoiled child when what he should have been doing, is steering the ship. . . . yes, steering the good ship America, doing his super-human best to avoid icebergs and obstacles - working 24/7 with only one objective in sight - protecting the health and well-being of his flock. His flock. All Americans - not just the rich, not just his family - not just the privileged. . . . all Americans. Sadly that responsibility never ever seemed to register with him. He does not now, nor did he ever at any time, view that as his charge. Perhaps the greatest single flaw in his ability to act as a responsible and caring chief executive, or captain of the ship, is that simply, he's never done that before. Predominantly all politicians in office have worked there way up from city council to state or provincial politics - have inter-acted with their constituents, smoothly or otherwise - have had occasions to work to protect and keep harmless, those in his charge. A regular Joe politician understands that it is his community, his constituency that helps to steer that ship. And in their efforts and work on behalf of those citizens they have earned credibility, have earned trust - and as a result understand the v a l u e of trust. Trump doesn't, Trump never has, and in spite of his current wheedling and back-pedalling - Trump never will. The only good thing to come out of this tragedy is that is pretty much assured that Donald Trump will not win re-election. Because after all - who trusts him?
Nightswim 40" x 40"
Powerful, yet gentle. Brazen, bold, beautiful.
Perhaps the greatest single 'good advice' one can pass on to another, as it pertains to creative output, is
Knowing what to leave out as opposed to what to leave in
Elizabeth Lennie. It's her name.
The artist who created this beautiful painting, so mystical, so alluring, so beckoning.
And the others that follow here.
Elizabeth Lennie lives in mid-town Toronto Canada. Her paintings are collected internationally, and are included in the collections of the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame, the University of Virginia Children's Hospital, Naples Grande Hotel Florida, Centre Hospital San Fransisco
These days are dark, they are relentless, it seems. Personally, I am on Day 20 of self-confinement.
Moreover, due to a fairly serious leg injury at the beginning of February I was confined to home for the three weeks prior. Thus, cabin fever has definitely set in. Six weeks. And counting, 'cause it gonna be another two weeks at least. The reason for my telling you all this is, my friend, Monica Parker (a very seriously funny lady • and a client for who I am engrossed in the re-design of her web-site,
(www.IamMonicaParker.com) submitted her current blog to me for insertion into the site. Upon reading it I asked her permission to reprint in here. I think it is pertinent, sensitive and somewhat awakening.
RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY by Monica Parker
The planet is resting but we are restless. We are out of sorts. Our plans have been disrupted and we are scared what the future may bring or worse…not bring. A future interrupted and completely stalled. No money. No direction other than confined to home. Straightjacketed as we try to tame our claustrophobia. When we break free it’s as if we are in an endless corn maze as we walk 6’ feet apart desperately seeking a way out. Some pray to Jesus to save them, some to Allah. We all pray that this invisible equal opportunity destroyer of our hopes, dreams, livelihoods and lives can be brought to heel.
This is when resilience is truly required. I know this. In order to live a quality life, it’s a very necessary component. But what exactly is resilience. To my mind, in it’s simplest form it’s similar to the coating one finds on non-stick frying pans. Bad things can be made to slide off. But like bobsledding or axe throwing, it’s a skill that requires practice.
Into every life there are troubles big and small. Right now, we are dealing with the biggest trouble of all. This ravaging death stalker called the Coronavirus. Its tentacles are everywhere but we can’t see it except in the body count, which is climbing every hour and every day. Of course we are scared. We don’t know which way to point our sword. How can a little facemask and endless hand washing protect us? But they do! So does this uncomfortable ill-fitting idea of distancing ourselves from our friends who we lean on in times of trouble and now we can’t. But we are not on our own. We are sharing this daunting time with not just family and friends but our entire planet.
How we handle these troubles is what makes us or breaks us. Remember that we are not defined by our circumstances. It is the way we respond that defines us. Resilience or flexibility is what we all need to make it through these moments when the unexpected awful comes our way. I really believe that faith is the unsung companion necessary to make resilience whole! Don’t spend too much time alone in your head. It can be very weedy and dark in there. Find someone to talk to or laugh with even if it’s online…or pick some flowers make them into a bouquet. It’s always about making the best out of every situation. That’s our path forward.
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8 Free Apps to Help You Stay Connected During Coronavirus
From the neat-o folks at HowStuffWorks
I love it when my mom uses Facebook Messenger to call and video chat with me using her Facebook Portal device. I can hear her dog, Mocha, barking in the background, and sometimes my niece shows up to say hello, all while I show off my adorable new English bulldog, Rhyis, to the grandma she's never met.
We do this routine regularly from more than 3,000 miles away. She lives in Clarkesville in North Georgia and I'm in San Clemente in Southern California, and for us, it's the next best thing to being together. Although we didn't begin this practice because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced throngs of people worldwide to stay at home and practice social distancing to control its spread — this method of reaching out and touching each other virtually is more important today than ever.
The eight Apps that Wendy discusses are as follows:
• Google Duo/Hangouts
• Marco Polo
• Facebook Messenger
• Netflix Party
In her article she probes each one so be sure to go read it.
Also there's a relative newcomer on the scene - HouseParty. I haven't tried it yet but it looks like fun.
This is such a cool product. It looks like a painting applied to the building façade, yes?
Well it's not. What it is, is, digital glass printing.
Dip-Tech pioneered digital glass printing over a decade ago, and is today the leading supplier of digital glass printers and digital ceramic inks.
Dip-Tech’s technologically advanced printers and high-performance inks are complemented by expert consultation and international business development assistance. This winning combination of technology and business support enables new business opportunities for glass processors worldwide, and opens the door to unlimited possibilities in glass printing innovation and design.
WOW! Paris, right? No? Uh, okay - well, perhaps Chicago. Not? Sheesh......it's a really cool formShape.
These are photographs of a project by NextOffice in Iran. Surprised? I bet - remember last issue? That great concrete bunker house? Also Iran. Some interesting creative things going on there it seems.
Written by: Christele Harrouk
NextOffice has created a space where engineers can gather and communicate with each other. Located in Mashhad, Iran, the 14 200 square meter development was inspired directly from traditional Iranian constructions, with the implementation of a structural void that generates the rest of the
morphology and defines access.
Mashhad Construction Engineering Organizations or Mashhad C.E.O, currently in progress, is a project that favors certain spaces. In fact, according to the designers, who have a long experience with similar clients, a “couple of spaces have more importance than others” like the public hall where applicants attend for their certifications or technical documents approval and the Amphitheatre which hosts many seminars, conferences, and events on the subject of construction engineering.
The ground floor holds a passage that goes across the building and links two streets. Moreover, this level comprises the spatial-structural void that guides pedestrian flow into the building. With a particular spatial organization, the structure formed by two large-scale units, is in a dual relationship, with its interior space and the urban fabric of the city.
Location: Mashhad, Iran
Area: 14200 m2
Project Year: 2018
Client: Khorasan Razavi Engineering Organization
Team: Alireza Taghaboni with Homa Asadi, Mohamad Motamedinia (+Project Manager), Majid Jahangiri, Sepideh Sarrafzadeh, Mohamadreza Gholami, Hoodad Zoroufchiyan, Roja Azizzadeh, Elnaz Kharghani, Ali Maleki, Asal Karami, Mohamadamin Zargar, Sarvenaz Rezaei
Interesting.....3 holes in the ground. And a fat flag pole just over there......qu'est-ce que?
The answer? First photo was the top, this is the underside of that top......
Integrated into the rolling hillside of Mont-de-l'Enclus in Belgium, the Sloped Villa nearly goes undetected. Its slick design and ingenious use of materials blend the dwelling almost entirely into the landscape. Designed by Studio Okami, the home adopts a sloped form and green roof that tuck into the terrain and fade away from sight. On the exposed side, the exterior is made from columns of reclaimed brick, enveloped around glazed living areas. The floor-to-ceiling windows encase a three-bedroom interior featuring a palette of raw concrete and natural wood. Arranged around a central garden, its open concept and transparent facade afford every space sweeping views over the valley below.
Photos: Filip Dujardin / Studio Okami
I dunno - earth houses have always fascinated me. Almost bought a piece of land once, on a fairly steep riverside lot, where it only made sense to build horizontally into the hillside. Actually drew up all the plans, figured out the construction and all the design and then didn't go through with it. But I feel there's something comforting about such an embrace around a house - almost womb-like.......anybody agree with me? Would still love to do it. In fact, consider this - only on outward facing side and part of the two adjacent sides, do you have to be concerned abut high quality exterior finish materials....everything else can be concrete block 'cause it's in the earth. Hmmmmmm - maybe, maybe
S • L • I • C • K
or S L E E K.....better yet, slick + sleek.
I C E K I T E
“ICE Kite" is a 64m. superyacht with a sleek silhouette that has been designed by Red Yacht Design with naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects for a German entrepreneur.
At the design stage of the ICE project, Red Yacht Design, Dykstra Naval Architects, and the owner have worked hard to ensure maximum comfort under 500GT. One of the main design features of the yacht is the use of glass that is higher than that of boats at this length. The main goal is to integrate enclosed spaces with more light and exteriors while ensuring a striking outlook. Full glass living areas and spacious exteriors offer the owner the ultimate sense of openness on board. The main inspiration for the exterior design comes from mother nature. The owner wanted Red Yacht Design to create a yacht that feels like she already belongs to the sea, inspired by sea animals.
ICE Kite has 475 sqm open spaces. The significant beach area at the aft part of the main deck has a pool and a huge lounge area with different sunbed levels. The dining area for 12 and the bar area maximize the outdoor pleasure among family and friends. There is a touch & go helipad at the bow to overcome the problem of last mile. At the flybridge deck, a sundeck area offers more privacy out of seeing or a party lounge with a full-size bar and a BBQ area. There, the generous aft Jacuzzi area is surrounded by large sunbeds for fun time while sunbathing.
ICE Kite is a constantly circumnavigating yacht with real green technologies excluding diesel electric use, because of its physical system losses. Instead the team of designer, owner and naval architect combine kite sailing with a low resistance hull, and optimum consumption of diesel engines. The owner intends to have the yacht managed under a fractional ownership program, again with the philosophy to use resources reasonable and effectively.
For the full story, visit here: ICE KITE
Ampersand......this is my personal ampersand, black metal about 18" x 24" - hangs on a wall of my office.
To me, although it is a typographic symbol it is one of the most fluid, most graceful of forms.
What is the ampersand?
While today it is considered a punctuation mark, the ampersand used to be the 27th letter in the Roman alphabet, following Z. People would say 'X, Y, Z and per se and' as the figure itself means 'and'. 'And per se and' was shortened into a word in the 18th century and today we have 'ampersand'. Its form derives from the Latin word for and, 'et'. In some ampersands – commonly the italic form – this combination is more clearly seen than in others, and the character has evolved its highly unique form.
Take a look at these:
This article was researched and written by Garrick kWebster, February 26, 2020.
Following is a part of his submission:
The best ampersands tell you a lot about a typeface. Thanks to its unusual structure, the curly symbol that's a substitute for 'and' is the character that can make or break a typeface for the type-conscious designer. It's a character that asks the typographer to make certain creative decisions above and beyond the A to Z letter set, the numerals and standard punctuation, and the care that goes into an ampersand is often indicative of the attention to detail that has gone into the typeface across the board.
As a designer, the ampersand can be your plaything. It's the maverick character in the set, the one that really tested the typographer in its creation, and the one that can bring the right atmosphere to a
project when used at a large scale.
If you'd like to assess the ampersands in a range of fonts, have a rummage through
our rundown of the best free fonts around.
Daddy! Daddy! If you buy us a 3D printer we can print us a new house! Look!!!!
T'ain't far from the truth, nope.
Take a look at this:
400 sq ft printed houses
These 400-square-foot tiny houses in a village for the homeless were made by a 3D printer — see inside the structures and how they were built
An Austin company Icon is using a 3D printer and low-cost materials to construct houses for the homeless.
Icon will build six tiny homes in Austin's Community First Village.
The company's 3D printer can print three houses simultaneously, and complete the walls in just over 24 hours. Small Austin, Texas-based startup Icon is betting that 3D printing is the key to solving the US' homelessness crisis and lack of affordable housing.
Last year, nonprofit Community First put $18 million into a tiny home village in Austin to help the chronically homeless get off the street. The village had space for 180 residents, who live in 200-square-foot homes, pay about $300 in rent, and have job opportunities on site. Now, Icon is bringing its 3D printing technology into the village to hopefully speed up the process, while also making it cheaper. The first residents are set to move in this spring.
Icon is using the same technology it showed off in Mexico last year, where it
built two 500-square-foot homes and charged residents just $20 in rent.
Houses are printed three at a time using the Vulcan II printer to make the process faster and cheaper.
The Vulcan II prints out layers of Lavacrete, Icon's custom proprietary concrete that is
reportedly cheaper than typical building materials, and more resilient.
Icon cofounder Evan Loomis told Business Insider that a house can be printed in about 27 hours.
The printer, which is remotely controlled by a tablet, is electrically powered
and needs a crew of four to six people to build a house.
For now, the printer produces the walls of the home, while the rest of the construction is more traditional, with professionals laying a foundation and adding in features like a roof and windows.
Wrtitten by: Mary Meisenzahl • Tech Editorial Fellow
She is an editorial fellow on the technology team for Business Insider. Previously, she has written for Boston Magazine, Curbed Boston, and The Outline. She is a 2019 graduate of Wellesley College interested in the intersection of technology and culture.
It doesn't need to be repeated. These are tough times.....probably the toughest times any of us - our parents, our generation, our children, our grandchildren - will ever have to live through. Every day there is yet another sadder story - of loss of hardship. We have, collectively, only one straw to grasp onto - that is, we are human! We care, we love - we are concerned - we help each other, and we will continue to do so.
That is the faith that I see at the forefront of the tears and the pain - and it is the strength that will get us through this dark dark tunnel.
Be strong, be safe, be smart be healthy.
Running scared, I believe is the case. Should we be, scared? I think it's naieve not to be, at least seriously alarmed. Facts/fiction can all too often become intertwined, desrever, and/or skewed.
Most of you know, that for four years my classes were largely Asian students - from China. We made some lasting friendships - still many of us remain in contact - either because they are still here in Canada (Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto) or in China. One girl - rather special - had returned to China to continue in the field of interior design, figuring that, although she passed all the Québec french exams, she might get a more robust, 'boots on the ground' kind of experience. And of course, she is back home with her mother and grandmother. The city is immaterial. A couple of weeks ago, being concerned for her welfare, I wrote her, enquiring. She wrote back (remember - this was 2+ weeks ago) telling me that her mother, a nurse, had not left the hospital to come home, for 3 weeks, even though her home is actually next door to the hospital. And she, and her grandmother have been self-quarantined for all this time. Is that, scary? I'd say so. And now, two weeks on, the intensity has mushroomed. This is not going to go quietly into the night - not this, not this time. Despite the promises of Dr. Donald, the local expert. We can only take precautions, keep our heads on our shoulders and be vigilant. It will, end........I think we should all do what one smart fella told us he was doing - stock up on Corona beer and guzzle it down! Perhaps it contains hidden secret antibodies. I wish everyone well. Seriously.
This, is a very special house. In Japan.
This featured project came to our attention in ArchDaily (www.archdaily.com).
It is the Abo Residence, by Kidosaki Architects Studio
The following is text supplied by the architects:
Located on a sloping mountain ridge at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains, this house was designed on a piece of land that offers spectacular views that are rarely known.
Seeking for the best in picturesque scenery, the client took up residence in Tateshina , and spent many years searching for the ideal site for building his house. Inevitably, the main aim of this project is to meet the client's expectations to incorporate these stunning views in to the design. When I visited the site, my first impression was that this untapped and expansive nature must be embraced into the interior to the greatest extent possible.
I decided to arrange the house in such that this horizontal expanded scenery must be maximized. In order to realize this design, I introduced mega structures column enabling half of the house to extend into the air.
To support this large overhanging floor, 2 diagonal bracing steel cylinders, each 300 mm in diameter is introduced. With this, the house is floats in to the midst of a glorious natural surroundings. With this overhanging structure, the breeze of the mountain plateau flow through the interior,
makes you coexistent with nature.
When you are invited to the entranceway, after passing through the restrained space of the hallway, and as you enter in to this dramatic space, magnificent and impressive scenery spreads
out before your eyes.
Additional information can be found on the architect's web-site.
IMHO, this is a stunningly beautiful piece of architecture. Think you'll all agree.
We can all, use, more space : : space++
So here's a twist on what we've all seen before - the Murphy bed.....does anybody know who Murphy was?
FamilyHandyman shows us a different way to harness hidden space. I, in particular, like this solution - for it means that in a spare room, say, it can still easily function as an office/workspace........if you have that occasional guest that you want to be able to have stay over, this is as perfect a solution as I have seen.
From FamilyHandyman there is this very cool idea.
Tight on space? This is a piece of furniture you'll want to check out. Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
In our April 2020 issue of Family Handyman magazine, Senior Editor Brad Holden shows readers how to build a Murphy Bed/Desk. If you’re tight on living space or want your guest room to double as an office, this is a piece of furniture you’ll want to check out.
Cost SavingsThis bed quickly converts to a desk without increasing its footprint. When you switch it back to a bed, the desk stays level, so you can leave all your stuff on it. A company called Hiddenbed sells bed kits with all the parts precut and ready for assembly. You can also purchase just the hardware kit, which includes the plans. Building the bed yourself instead of buying the precut kit can save you about $1,200!
As a desk it is clean-lined, simple - functional.
But, as a bed:
Well, it just works - check the video link.
To all of you, from Iran - one of the verboten states in regards to travel these days.
WHAT, is this?
It's like, a Moonscape......
Personally I LOVE it!
It is - raw! Visceral! It pulls at all my senses! It is an amoebic outgrowth of nature, naturalness (is that a word?). I - yes, I, could live there. It is evocative, responsive - it resonates with a simplistic power of brute purity......
Try as I might the only information I can find on this remarkable concept/idea is that it is the work of one
Mohtashami Reza - of the VW ARTCLUB - it seems it is a digital fantasy : : but, I love it.
And if I were to live there I would simply have to have this parked outside:
How's that for your dailyRide?
P U R I T Y : is that not a cornerstone of the best design? Consider this:
Unfortunately I have NO information or details about this - it is, though, spectacular, no?
This is a wonderful painting by my friend, Nina Keogh.......if you want to buy it I will act as her agent- it's a great steal at $3000.00. Contact me if interested.
Do you have a cat? We have a cat : : Fiji The WonderCat! Those of us who are cat lovers or CatAppreciators, can see what a treat this would be for our feline friends : :
Called WickedBall for cats, it's a h o o t ! You must watch the video.....and it's not completely unreasonable at $49.00. Probably the only cat toy you'd ever have to buy.
This is a series of fantabulous escape residences in Costa Rica - a country dear to my heart, which I've visited probably a dozen times, going back to the early 80's.
In no particular order these are the descriptions of the fabulous places available in CR:
Written by Eric Baldwin
Costa Rica’s new modern homes are built to float above the landscape. This wave of elevated housing is designed to minimize environmental impact while working with varied terrain. Aiming to become a carbon-neutral country, Costa Rica is transforming its housing market as it experiences a growing demand for more residential buildings.
Located in Central America, Costa Rich shares borders with Nicaragua and Panama, as well as the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The sovereign state’s progressive environmental policies have influenced and shaped the built environment, including how projects are tied to diverse energy sources like geothermal, hydro and solar. The Green Building Council Costa Rica (GBCCR) has taken a number of steps to help in this effort and address the residential sector of the building market. Sited in steeply sloped and forested sites, many new homes are built atop shifting topography and dense vegetation.
Today, Costa Rica’s modern homes are opening up to nature and the ocean as the country works to mobilize the residential market towards greener building practices. The following projects showcase some of the elevated housing that has been created over the last five years, including a number of houses with smaller footprints built atop stilts. They feature a range of building programs and scales, but share a common approach to Costa Rica’s rich landscape.
Costa Rica Treehouse by Olson Kundig
Costa Rica Treehouse is inspired by the jungle of this densely forested site on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Built entirely of teak wood harvested on-site, the retreat engages with the jungle at each of its three levels: at the forest floor, the middle floor is nestled within the trees, and the top level rises above the tree canopy with views of the surf at nearby Playa Hermosa beach. Designed as an open-air surfer hut, the project engages the Costa Rican landscape, from the vegetation accessible just off the main floor, to the larger weather and surf patterns one can experience on the top level.
Pájaro de Plata House by OsArquitectura
The House sits on a mountain top in a remote beach town called Playa Negra. It is a vacation home for a New York couple that was interested in a home away from home that not only adapted well to its surroundings but was instrumental to understanding them. The house takes cues from local vernacular constructions of the area that insert themselves in what Gilles Clément calls the third landscape; going with rather than against natural conditions.
Flotanta House by Studio Saxe
he Gooden-Nahome family wanted to create a home on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and they found an incredible site overlooking the ocean. The biggest challenge the team encountered was that their plot of land was predominantly comprised of a very steep slope, and the view of the ocean could only be seen from the upper-mid portion of the site. The team saw this as an opportunity rather than a constraint, and immediately considered an architectural response that was appropriate for these conditions.
Indios DIn the Papagayo peninsula, placed on the tip of an seaward pointing, and slightly downward sloping ridge of a peninsular shaped lot, with forest on both sides ( one a natural reserve), is the house named Indios Desnudos. It is named after some of the most characteristic trees on the lot, indio desnudo (naked indian) they make up a focal point of the house, especially in the main living area.
esnudos House by Cañas Arquitectos
Room and Ficus by Cañas Arquitectos
This project was designed around an existing Ficus and to highlight the surrounding place. Programmatically, “it’s a place where one can enjoy the view and spend afternoons and part of the evening with friends and family.” The location selected had a slight slope towards the east and a bonsai-like tree that resembles the ones grown by its owner. In turn, the view of the San Jose city with the central volcanic mountain range was central to the design, with the Escazu mountains and its Pico Blanco or White Peak.
Jungle Frame House by Studio Saxe
The client commissioned Studio Saxe to create a dwelling in the jungle that brings the outside in. The property was composed of a slope that went down into a beautiful creek that overlooks the jungle. Studio Saxe decided to create a large triple height space to be able to see the sky all the way from the bottom of the jungle floor and to appreciate the full scope of every tree that surrounds the house. This volume of space enclosed in glass is a powerful moment that brings shadows inside, natural ventilation and provides a place which is always surrounded by the jungle.
This is part of a new product line from a company, Haver & Boecker. From their product listing web-site:
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Due to the functional and aesthetic characteristics of our HAVER Architectural Mesh, it offers new and versatile fields of applications in architecture. It convinces with its noble optic and meets at the same time the highest standards of safety and stability in indoor and outdoor applications.
Whether science or research , industry or architecture - wherever our stainless steel wire mesh is used, our customers worldwide benefit from a broad but still unique individual service.
Notice the very large image screen on one side of the building façade. This is an example of 'kinetic architecture'- or at least derivative of it. Kinetic architecture? Qu'est-ce que? Known also as 'shape-shifting' architecture, this evolving medium for buildings is growing rapidly both in terms of sophistication and technology. Whole building façades move, change shape - change the architectural conversation with the public. Our next issue will feature examples of this and of similar works by architects such as Tom Whiscombe of Los Angeles. Here are a few images of a spectacular public space structure he designed, commissioned by West Hollywood......it is organic in that it is, its own medium.
We all have seen the proliferation of digital signage in Times Square. . . . . it was perhaps the genesis for experimentation that had occurred in the architectural sciences over the last decade or so.
Albeit such expressions of architecture, its skin, its envelope, can be quite spectacular the dynamic consequence of this kind of creativity, in my opinion, could probably be effectively used to benefit society in many ways. In fact, I have been working on a paper titled, 'Architecture as Media : : The Harnessing of Architectural Processes in the Advancement of Multicultural Enlightenment.' Sounds fancy, yes? The idea is to explore ways by which some buildings might be designed to incorporate 'learning channels' directed to the passing public. IMHO, the first step in advancing an understanding of cultures/customs, previously unknown to one, is to firstly foster curiosity. Curiosity such as, 'OhMiGod, what is that beautiful building shown there?', or 'The fretwork shown in that digital display is stunning....is it Islamic patterning perhaps?' The natural hoped-for progression from such questions might be to follow such curiosity - to seek out answers and information. As is said in Québec, 'Informez-vous' - Inform yourself, or become aware.
In any event, next issue will dive into this topic in greater detail.
The range of 3D Wall Design three-dimensional ceramic surfaces by Atlas Concorde was created from graphical studies and applied to Atlas Concorde white-body wall tiles. Reflecting off the reliefs, light modifies the perception of a space to add a touch of personality. 3D decorated walls are suitable for contemporary residential, wellness, and hospitality spaces.
The 3D Wall Design range is constantly expanding and includes a wide array of decorative patterns in White, Sand, Sage and Night colors.
•Geometric designs inspire the textures of Flash, Line, Diamond, Stars, Angle, and the brand new Flake.
•Sinuous patterns are reflected in the Wind, Flows, Wave, Dune, Ribbon, and Twist reliefs.
•Rippled lines are shown on the Mesh and Plot patterns
•Decisive lines that come alive depending on the viewing angle and source of light define the Blade, Ultra Blade, and Kite designs.
To reduce environmental impact, Atlas Concorde manufactures ceramic stone tiles taking into account atmospheric emissions, optimizing resource use, and recycling waste materials. All Atlas Concorde porcelain floor and white body wall tiles can be used in projects that follow the guidelines of the Green Building Council, which promotes the independent certification system LEED v4.
Made in Italy
In this section I will be showcasing a few really cool instances of interior design I came across during my November trip to the UK.
The first is the in-store customer consulting space of KUONI Travel.....in the John Lewis store, Birmingham.
What was it that caught my eye? As you will see, this space has a lovely, 'come hither' kinda feel to it - it goes beyond being simply inviting. It exudes comfort, care - it communicates a wonderful e c l e c t i s m and well-chosen artifacts, accessories. It appears to be a very personal space - like it was transplanted from someone's home - I believe that such a message is one of deep feeling - and sincerity. Bravo to whoever the design team was!
Notice the use of the patterned ottoman- completely unexpected in what is usually a sterile retail environment.
When I simply appeared at the entry to this space, I took the three of them by surprise - but they were very gracious. The gentleman in the foreground is Sean Kennedy. You can actually book your travel through him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell him I sent you! Mucho gracias Sean.
The cafeteria in the John Lewis store is a delight - really good, reasonably priced soups, sandwiches.
A spillover dining space contains this wonderful 'mosaic' consisting of a series of dinner plates, each one printed individually and differently.......what a clever and lovely idea!
On the same floor as the cafeteria is this wonderful wall-mounted display at the entry to the fabrics department:
Clever, meticulous craftsmanship! What a novel way to send the marketing message.
Close by the wonderful Marriott Grand Residence we stayed at, in Mayfair, was this 'car store'.......
a store that specialized in older, used, classic cars. Such as this fabulous Mercedes-Benz.
I made them an offer - unfortunately it was not quite enough.
Among the many landmark building s we explored in our four days in London was Westminster Abbey.
Spectacular! Hope you enjoy these few shots I took.....from dozens more.
ZAHA HADID : : iconic architecture - organic, in the most honest and accurate interpretation of the philosophies of Frank Lloyd Wright : : that design, architecture should be drawn from, influenced by, the natural world. For example the Johnson Wax building - designed way back in the mid 1940's. His concept, his vision for the revolutionary and unique columnar supports was drawn directly from his core philosophy.
But, this is not intended to be a discussion of the comparative works of these two giants. It is an effort to illustrate how - as I see it - the Hadid Partnership - has created one of the most balanced, innovative structures of recent years. Take a look:
The great photography is by: Hufton + Crow • and this work appeared in the recent issue of DEZEEN and was written by Bridget Cogley. The full article is available here.
And on the subject of Frank Lloyd Wright, if you care about design - if you care about architecture - if you care about or are curious about 'frozen music' - then this news item has to hit home for you.
New Petition Aims to Save The School of Architecture at Taliesin
Last month, The School of Architecture at Taliesin announced the closing of the school after 88 years. The school and the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation issued statements on the closure, as well as the students. Now, a new petition started by Simon DeAguero aims to save the school from closing. The news of closure followed the conclusion of a multi-year struggle back in 2017, when the school was approved to maintain its accreditation as an institute of higher learning.
As the petition outlines, "the legacy that Frank Lloyd Wright established with his Fellowship, the evolution of which is the School of Architecture at Taliesin, represents an irreplaceable presence in the American cultural landscape." As the student body wrote, "The imminent closure of the School of Architecture at Taliesin has left its student body stunned and deeply distraught. To discontinue eighty-eight years of an alternative pedagogical model is at least as destructive as the demolition of a physical architectural masterwork. To close this school is to dismantle one of the great visions and traditions of the past century; and to preserve the culture that sustains a built environment such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin is equivalent in importance to any material evidence of history."
The petition was launched within the last two days, and has already gained traction with over two thousand signatures. To find out more about the petition, follow Simon DeAguero's page on change.org
The foregoing is drawn from ArchDaily.
FLW was too great a genius to suffer such ignominy : : he should be held up and reserved as a national hero - a national American hero - and an international trailblazer in the world of design, architecture and - and - intelligent thought!
Additionally this issue is chockfull - probably, too much, chockfull. A decision - a final decision has not been reached yet in respect to increasing the frequency of DR•I issues. By next issue, it will be - and you will be duly informed.
However, a different decision has been arrived at : : starting with the next issue DR•I will be offering a curated selection of 'muchCool' design items.....they will be drawn from places like the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Design Museum, MOMA and other sources. They will be showcased on DR•I allowing you the reader to place an order - and they will be shipped from DR•I. Additionally, ,for the first time we will showcase, and offer for sale, a selection of the great photography by Leonardo Bechini, photographs by Adriana Garcia and the full series of wonderful travel books by Lydia Pawelak. Vietnam, Cambodia and most recently, India.
The items chosen for offer, I can promise you will be unusual and unique items - that bespeak, 'DESIGN'. Stay tuned......we may issue a preview in a week or so via www.DesignPreviewInternational.com
Perhaps a little of both. A new chapter - a different portal. We make the choice to either pass through and embrace what lies beyond, or we prefer the comfort/security of reposing in the past.
Personally - and professionally - I am driven by the compulsion to always look ahead : : to explore new pathways, new opportunities. It is always far too easy to 'float'- tread water - drift. . . . . rudderless and direction-less. This world is changing, frighteningly so - so much of what was always familiar, in terms of 'the way it used to be', but we don't really have a choice - do we? Think back on this past year - major changes, upheavals - most visible in the world of retail bricks/mortar stores, simply evaporating - gone to dust. In Montréal currently, our Mayor has signalled that the preponderance of empty stores on previously thriving thoroughfares, is approaching a crisis status - to the extent that a special task force is seeking to find answers to 'fix' the problem. Here's my take on it - it's simply not, fixable. Why? The newWorld of online commerce is not ever going to regress - not going to go away. Amazon, blazed a trail into this unknown. Can you remember back about 10 years ago when the business press ridiculed Jeff Bezos for the massive warehouse distribution centres he was building, that had few customers to ship goods to?
It's a fact - and look at Amazon now....look at AliBaba - juggernauts. Personally, as a subscriber to Amazon Prime (it is the very best deal anywhere) I order everything from coffee to computer parts, gloves to gardening implements - all on Amazon. Shoot - I get my items delivered within 48 hours usually.
No traffic or parking hassles - no crowds - no p r e s s u r e - of any kind. So it matters little, or matters not at all, how our city may attempt to find innovative ways and initiatives to foster a re-growth of empty storefronts, in most instances the street level retail model is pretty much dead. Key pivotal shopping sectors, some retail malls, will continue and survive - but on a popular street such as St Denis, or St. Laurent in Montréal - there is no solution to inducing new stores/start-ups to risk investments along arteries that have been drained of their bloodstream. Reduction of taxes is not going to be enough of a motivator to lure enterprise. And so, what will become of all these empty stores? I believe we, as a society need to re-examine how storefront environments can be converted to organs of social benefit......convert them to reading rooms - convert them to homeless shelters - create community . . . . put p e o p l e back into these empty caves. Once accomplished, a natural outgrowth would be services and retail to cater to that new 'village'. Yes - create villages - many villages along these roadways of desolation.
Think about that.
Madrid Architect Iker Ochotorena Finds Sublime Serenity in Minimalism
In the living room of an apartment near Madrid’s Gran Via, Ochotorena paired a low-slung upholstered sofa and black stone coffee table of his own design with a chair by Christophe Delcourt and a floor lamp by Tommaso Cimini. Photo courtesy OOAA
Elsewhere in Madrid, on Calle Blanca de Navarra, Ochotorena designed a residence whose living room features a built-in, floor-to-ceiling, four-panel screen, which can be opened out to turn the alcove into a semiprivate guest room. The chairs are vintage French. Photo by Rafael Diéguez
The October 2019 issue of AD Spainfeatures one of the latest projects by Iker Ochotorena, the 35-year-old founder of the Madrid-based practice OOAA Arquitectura: a nearly 6,000-square-foot duplex in the Spanish capital’s Almagro district. The magazine’s cover displays the apartment’s living room, a subtle space outfitted in a mix of creams and beiges, with a low-slung linen-clad couch, a Willy Rizzo coffee table, a Charlotte Perriand stool and two welcoming armchairs upholstered in a plush teddy-bear-like fabric.
The following is work by the California architectural firm, Marmol Radziner
It is featured in the magazine, Introspective (by 1st Dibs), written by Fred A. Bernstein
The architects note that Marmol’s own weekend home, in Desert Hot Springs — about two hours east of L.A., near Palm Springs — sits within, rather than above, its surroundings. This allows it to engage with the land more fully. As one climbs up the stone path, an opening in the facade offers views of the nearby San Jacinto Mountains. Photo by David Glomb
As a matter of choice I work on a MAC. . . . . since 2007 when Apple opened up their OS to embrace Microsoft extensions, it is the platform I have worked with. I still maintain a high end PC for some CAD apps simply not available on MAC OS, and/or for tutoring of students in AutoCAD who work on a PC.
But the MAC environment is continually evolving, is constantly rich in features and efficiency tools.
One such I've discovered recently is called 'SideNotes'. It is just really cool - and it works flawlessly. Check out the youTube video here - it explains it much better than I could. One of the very cool features is that, if you work on dual monitors (I have two 27" Apple Cinema displays), the SideNotes 'tab' will automatically re-locate itself to whichever screen your mouse is currently active in - seamlessly.
SideNotes is distributed through another pretty cool MAC OS app, called SetApp. It is a monthly subscription that allows one to access a wide range of productivity apps for MAC.
From the SideNotes Press Release : : Apptorium today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of SideNotes 1.0, the company's new note-taking solution developed exclusively for macOS. The application allows to take notes on the side of the monitor in a very comfortable manner " notes can be shown or hidden with a single click, by pressing a keyboard shortcut or by moving mouse cursor. The goal of the application is to work with handy notes, without getting distracted from one's main workflow. Application comes with very fine, clean and minimalistic User Interface.
For further information: Marcin Krzywonos (CEO) • Contact form
or their web-site: https://www.apptorium.com. The app is available directly from Apptorium or from Setapp.
2020 • 新年快樂 • Happy New year
What with the Coronavirus, my friends, ex-students + colleagues are indeed suffering through this most challenging time. It is my sincere hope that all will remain healthy, and find ways to share their happiness for this new year.
DecoratorsBest, an American supplier of many different brands of fabrics and wallpapers, has assembled a range of Asian designs in celebration of the Chinese New Year - here are a few of them.
Like a space capsule - a journeyer from, e l s e w h e r e • this is a spectacular batiment!
This is but only one of the amazing portfolio of the architectural firm of: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Brian MacKay-Lyons was born and raised in the village of Arcadia in Southwestern Nova Scotia. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1978 where he was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal. He received his Master of Architecture and Urban Design at U.C.L.A., and was awarded the Dean's Award for Design.After studying in China, Japan, California and Italy working with Charles Moore, Barton Myers and Giancarlo De Carlo, Brian returned to Nova Scotia in 1983 to challenge the historic maritime 'brain drain' trend, and to make a cultural contribution to Nova Scotia where his Acadian and Mi'kmaq ancestors have lived for centuries. In 1985 he founded the firm Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture Urban Design in Halifax. Twenty years later, Brian partnered with Talbot Sweetapple to form MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Ltd. The firm has built an international reputation for Design Excellence confirmed by over 100 awards including six Governor General Awards, two American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for Architecture, 13 Lieutenant Governor’s Medals of Excellence, 8 Canadian Architect Awards, four Architectural Record House Awards, seven North American Wood Design Awards and in 2014 the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Firm Award. In 2015, Brian was awarded the RAIC Gold Medal, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement in architecture. He is a fellow with both the RAIC and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA); Brian was named Honorary (International) Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon.FAIA) in 2001 and most recently an International Fellow from the Royal Institute of British Architects (Int. FRIBA) in January, 2016.
Visit their web-site for a number of other outstanding architectural projects. You will not be disappointed.
I think I want one of these
FlyNano is a brand for fun of flying – no passengers, no cargo – just you and the endless blue. FlyNano is 100% electric. Weight under 70 kg. Water operations only.
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It is 100% electric, weighs 70Kg, seats 1 (only) with a max speed of 120 Km/h, range 20 - 30 Km
But if you do get one then you'll need one of these:
Designed by Seven Seas Yachts
The Greek architect Nicolas Politis designed the hydrodynamic underwater hull and based its appearance on the 1959 Porsche 356 and the 1930s Gentleman's Runabout boats. Everything is made by hand in his shipyard. Step by step the parts of the boat are assembled, until finally everything comes together in an unparalleled boat. A magical moment...the Hermes Speedster
Modern loft-style apartments built atop a dentist’s office
This sleek, metal-clad building in Montreal is business on the bottom and dreamy loft-style living on the top. Paul Bernier Architecte expanded a street-level dental care practice—of all things!—by adding two floors above for a duo of apartments.
To make a distinction between the business and upper-level residences, the architects sheathed the front apartment windows in a perforated mesh screen. This striking facade made of aluminum panels obscures the interiors from the busy street traffic and casts a cool, dotted shadow pattern into the rooms. Lest you’re worried about natural lighting, the apartments feature huge skylights inside, plus expansive floor-to-ceiling windows toward the rear.
Both of the two-bedroom apartments embrace a modern aesthetic with gray walls, exposed infrastructure, black ceilings, and concrete floors. Out back, terraces and a green roof atop the garage add a necessary dose of nature to the industrial-chic setup.
Another fine watercolour from the talented Suzan Carsley : : Horses of a Different Colour, 9 ½" x 7 ½"
Just for fun : : some students, during introductory courses to understanding plans, elevation drawings and such, really struggle with getting the 'right' handle on views - so, a bunch of years ago, when I was bored one day, I set up this tongue-in-cheek photography model - was fun....but, when shown to students, they GET IT!
©michael moore 2008-2020
Phew! Think it's time to 'call it a day'.......another full issue - and still there's lots of stuff in my goody bag.
Will have to wait 'till next issue. I know - there was no DesignPreview this month, Why not? Because we are still appraising the possibility that we will move to two issues a month....so, again - stay tuned.
As a professional interior designer (45+ years) and as a Certified Graphic Designer (25 years) I have devoted my life to the pursuit of design excellence. Winner of numerous design awards I have also spent 25+ years teaching Interior Design.....the greatest quote regarding design is: the greatest faux pas in design is irrelevance