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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 23:28
Take a peek at some of the most gasp-worthy homes the rich and famous bid “adieu” to this year.
These homes, formerly owned by such names as Sinatra and Jackie O., are sure to fill your head with fantasies of lavish pool parties, sprawling Hollywood views, and the best safely-guarded privacy money can buy. Read on to see our favorite crop of celebrity homes that hit the market this year.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 23:09
As the centerpiece of the living room, the sofa presents a ripe design opportunity—and design challenge. After all, the ideal sofa is as attractive as it is accommodating, and durable as it is delightful.
To turn your living room into the ultimate lounge, we suggest these midcentury modern–inspired picks that sport clean lines, classic hues, and organic shapes that draw from nature. Whether you need a piece that ties your space together or that serves as a jumping-off point, these chic couches are sure to start a conversation.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 20:07
At over 1,000 pages, Vitra’s “Atlas of Furniture Design” will test the integrity of your coffee table.
Twenty years in the making, Vitra Design Museum’s Atlas of Furniture Design is a comprehensive encyclopedia comprising hundreds of sketches, photographs, portraits, and ephemera from the past 200-plus years of furniture design. The in-depth overview dives into the ouvres of design legends—including Charlotte Perriand, Eero Saarinen, Hella Jongerius, and Finn Juhl, to name a few—while situating their work with sociocultural and design-historical essays.
"The Atlas of Furniture Design is a treasure trove that offers not only definitive information about beloved staples of design history, but also new, fresh, and often unexpected perspectives—all presented in a generous format that captures the breadth and depth of this important subject," says Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art.
Read on for a sample of what’s on offer, and pre-order your copy via the link below.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 18:57
Proudly made in Mexico, these customizable container homes celebrate local design and environmentally friendly materials.
Starting with a simple question—"What would you do with less"—architects Rodrigo Alegre and Carlos Acosta of STUDIOROCA have devised a groundbreaking line of prefab homes made from repurposed shipping containers. Outfitted with environmentally friendly materials and smart home automation systems, their VMD (Vivienda Minima de Descanso) residences offer a "no-fuss, low-cost building solution."
"Homes usually require maintenance and involve a lot of expenses," says Acosta. "This is what an ‘escape’ is all about—being free of all those hassles of maintaining a second home, but still having a weekend getaway where you really can enjoy your time."
The customizable prefab homes can be constructed in a factory in Mexico in a little over three months, and then installed in just seven days with minimal site impact.
Customers can choose from three VMD models: a 320-square-foot one-bedroom unit, a 640-square-foot two-bedroom unit, or a 640-square-foot three-bedroom unit. The base one-bedroom unit is available for a starting price of approximately $49,100—not including site prep and delivery.
Finishes, appliances, and a home automation system are included in all units. Customers can also request add-ons such as an exterior deck and off-grid capability—including a solar rooftop system, rainwater collection, and an incinerator toilet.
The VMD recently debuted at Design Week Mexico in October. A show model was temporarily installed in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park, and it was entirely furnished with pieces by Mexican designers. In presenting the VMD, the architects have emphasized Mexican design and construction—from the inclusion of local craftspeople for the prefabrication process to the selection of Mexican brands for the eco-friendly finishes and appliances.
Orders for VMD from North and Central America can be placed online through the architects’ newly formed firm, Taller Escape.
"VMD is an invitation to find a balance between daily life and weekend escapes, and come into contact with nature—Mexico is a country famous for its biodiversity and its unparalleled landscapes," reads a statement on Taller Escape’s website.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 16:11
This solar-powered, steel-clad home on wheels may be compact, but it doesn’t lack in storage or functionality.
Wrapped in black corrugated metal, First Light is an off-grid tiny house imagined by architect Anna Farrow of First Light Studio and constructed by New Zealand–based company Build Tiny.
"With big French doors on one face and sliding windows on other, it can enjoy views from either direction," Farrow says. Not only do the large glass doors and windows connect First Light to the landscape, but they also offer an ethereal contrast to the black-painted steel siding that’s at once elegant and industrial—the artful design is available for approximately $82,000; the off-grid solar package costs an additional $14,000.
On the interior, Farrow selected poplar core plywood for the walls and the ceiling. "The floors and the stair treads are crafted with birch plywood," says Gina Stevens of Build Tiny. The light-toned wood supplies the home with a light and airy quality.
An important part of the brief from the original client was a large kitchen for cooking and baking. Farrow and Stevens outfitted the space with stainless-steel countertops and poplar core plywood cabinetry, repeating the wall and ceiling material to create a sense of spaciousness and seamlessness.
The kitchen’s ENO Perigod wall oven and grill, Challenger Domino 2 Burner LPG Gas Hob, and Robinhood power pack range hood ensure that the kitchen is as functional as it is visually appealing.
For the bedroom, Farrow and Stevens decided a mezzanine area would be preferable in order to preserve ground-floor space. "There’s a skylight that draws in light and provides an opening to watch the stars," Stevens says. "And small triangular windows on either side of the bed help to ventilate the space." The designers created ambiance for the bedroom by installing a ledge at the foot of the bed platform with recessed back-lighting that provides a dim glow in the evenings.
"For obvious reasons, the tiny house required plenty of built-in storage," Stevens says. "The living room makes great use of the vertical space with a very tall storage cupboard next to the daybed. It’s very useful for bulky items like suitcases, a vacuum cleaner, and tall brooms and mops—things that are often forgotten about in tiny home design."
Farrow and Stevens also placed locker-style overhead cabinets above the daybed, which itself features built-in storage. "The stairs are the other main storage area," Stevens says. "They’re larger than what you see in a typical tiny house, and every little bit of space beneath them is used for storage."
According to Farrow, pared-down living is the key to freedom: "We’re becoming more aware of the impact of the resources we use and the fact that we don’t need so much stuff. Owning a tiny house means you’ve more free time because you’re not tied up with home maintenance. And living tiny is a great way of obtaining a home more cheaply."
In the case of First Light, a tiny home on wheels, you’re also free to move the home from place to place. "If you want a change, you can just take your home someplace new," says Farrow. "And you leave the land just as it was when you arrived."
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 16:11
After a multiphase update and an appearance on HGTV, this Montecito Heights midcentury seeks a new owner.
Designed by architect John Lawrence Pugsley, best known for his midcentury commissions in nearby Pasadena, 3877 Latrobe Street was built in 1964 as part of The Cliffs, a modernist development in Montecito Heights, Los Angeles.
Tucked into the hillside and surrounded by greenery, the 1,426-square-foot residence features three bedrooms and two bathrooms in an open floor plan; multiple skylights and well-placed windows bathe the interior with natural light, and balconies on both levels form an outdoor connection.
It wasn’t, however, always like this. "The house, when we bought it, was so dark and gloomy," say current homeowners Jeffrey Kleeger, an architectural designer, and Elisa Read, a landscape designer and horticulture specialist. They took on several phases of renovation starting in 2008, when the home received a new roof and skylights. They also opened up the kitchen to create an open-plan great room.
After the windows were updated in 2010, the recession stalled further renovation. Then, in 2011, the couple and the house were chosen to appear on an episode of HGTV’s Room Crashers, allowing them to finally "complete their dream" with architect Don Dimster.
The home is full of bespoke touches—including the bright, whimsical mural called Cachickens adorning the interior stairwell, done by the Guatemalan muralist Caché. The couple became friends with Caché when they saw him cleaning up one of his murals along Sunset Boulevard; after they bought the home in 2008, they commissioned the mural.
3877 Latrobe Street, Los Angeles is currently on the market for $789,000, listed by Carrie Bryden of Deasy Penner Podley.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-09 19:59
These prefab home builders located throughout Indiana produce a wide range of residences.
Looking for an affordable prefab, modular, or kit home in the Hoosier state? These four companies leverage efficient factory production to build first-rate homes—and the turnaround time is often quicker than conventional construction. From houses inspired by vernacular architecture to more contemporary offerings, these dwellings run the gamut of sizes and styles—take a look below.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-09 17:33
The high-end Toronto towers are jagged and austere, and supposedly were inspired by Williams’ song “Gust of Wind”—the impression lasts as long.
Designs and intentions for the grammy-winning artist’s new up-scale housing have finally surfaced. They’re a little bleh, and way out of tune with Toronto’s housing needs.
Approximately 751 units between two towers will be on offer starting early 2020, and pricing will begin somewhere near $400,000 for a studio apartment. The development is next in a slew of million dollar condos being built in Toronto, where an average income won’t buy a 650-square-foot apartment.
Alongside most major cities, Toronto is dancing on a skipping record that won’t soon come unstuck. Demand has skyrocketed over the last decade, inflating both rental and real estate prices by more than 75% in what is now North America’s fourth most populous city.
Williams did voice concerns to developers over providing affordable units alongside the towers, for which their are supposedly future plans. But the endeavor isn't meant as a humanitarian mission—Williams is just improvising to a song written by major developers. The hitmaker has been shoulder tapped to put a spin on the thing because he’s likable, and in general, has good taste.
The "good taste," or the version of refinement Williams is offering each buyer is commensurate with the pricing of the units: a private balcony, rooftop dining with a sake tasting area, a spa, a basketball court, a state of the art gym, an indoor/outdoor pool, co-working space—in essence, an experiential lifestyle.
In spite of the high-fidelity accoutrements, the packaging is problematic. It’s austere and grandiose. It stands monolithic and has sharp edges like a cheese grater does. Dubiously titled "untitled," it’s meant as a blank canvas for residents to un-tap their dormant and unlimited potentials. Like a self-help book in building form, it’s selling carpe diem.
From a fan, this is all tough love for Pharrell. I owned more than one NERD CD. "Pass the Courvoisier" is a jam and "Happy" has me clapping along every time. He knows how to write a song and his Grammys won’t lose their luster over misguided departures from the recording studio. Still, this foray into architecture has me shaking my head.
As for Toronto’s housing crunch, Williams’ development partners have stated plans to build a second tower next door, which will offer 200 affordable units, 65 mid-range units, and 49 market units. A new public park will also be built as part of the block's master plan.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-09 17:10
HA Architecture introduces a wall of windows to bring life and life into an Australian mullet home.
When Nick Harding of Ha Architecture was hired to renovate an 1880s Victorian terrace home in Moreland, Australia, the firm was met with a series of challenges. The original structure had great bones, but it lacked natural light—and it would take some clever architectural planning to give the residents the open and airy spaces they so desired. Furthermore, Harding would have to work around a series of building regulations due to the property’s heritage status.
The home, which is located in a booming and culturally diverse part of Melbourne, features ornate steelwork typical of a 19th-century Victorian. The homeowners, who happen to be old friends of Harding’s, fell in love with its charming facade.
"The brief was pretty simple," he says. "It was very much about bringing in natural light and having naturally lit living spaces that would be timelessly designed and functional."
Harding’s solution was to create a back addition that’s hidden from the street, and that includes a study, a powder room, and spacious living, cooking, and dining areas. With reference images in hand, and prior experience renovating a number of row houses, Harding and his team got to work.
While the facade couldn’t be changed due to the home’s historic status, Harding "effectively assimilated the old and new construction" with two coats of white paint (Dulux's Lexicon Quarter), which echoes the simplicity of the sculpted addition.
The addition’s low-impact form was driven by a local building rule that requires contractors to respect neighboring yards. "If your courtyard is less than 40 square meters, it’s deemed as precious space—so you can’t have a structure that would overshadow your neighbor’s home," he says.
Furthermore, the home’s lot is quite narrow—so the addition would have to accommodate all of the family’s needs in one compact space.
The homeowners went back and forth on how much timber they wanted in their home, however Ha Architecture ultimately delivered a plan that addressed their differing design styles and felt "as generous as possible in size" with plenty of natural light. As the addition is Southern-facing, HA went for a wall of double-glazed steel-framed windows that open into the garden.
"We did a lot of testing with the windows to make sure that not too much light would stream in during the daytime," he says. To add even more light, HA inserted a light well between the original home and the add-on.
The common area features a series of custom built-ins made of Tasmanian oak—a wood very common in Southern Australian residential projects. The seamless built-ins conceal the laundry room and Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliances, and hold the entertainment system in the living room.
"We often work on row houses that are five or six meters wide, and when you are dealing with those restrictions, built-ins are the way to go," he says. The floor plan differs every time, but [it’s some iteration]."
A central fireplace in the living room offers a moment of relief from the dark timber—and an efficient way to heat the home. "It’s designed to go reasonably close to the cabinetry, so it fits well in this tightly designed inner-city home," he says. "The clients didn't want to invest in elaborate heating, and they now love this fireplace and use it every day."
While the renovation did have many difficult parameters, it produced a more family-friendly, functional space that the homeowners can enjoy for years to come.
Builder/General Contractor: Block Constructions
Structural Engineer: Keith Long and Associates
Photo Stylist: Bea Lambos / @beaandcostyle
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-09 16:09
The building was originally designed in the ’50s as four interlocking flats for celebrity TV host Roy Maypole.
For the first time in 15 years, Craig Ellwood’s Courtyard Apartments are back on the market. Built between 1952 and ’53, the residence was originally created as four interlocking apartments for celebrity television host and producer Roy Maypole. Ellwood gained international recognition for the complex shortly after its completion, taking home first prize in the Collective Housing category at the São Paulo Art Biennial architecture competition in 1954.
Spanning a total of 3,360 total square feet, the structure was originally built as four two-bedroom units. The current layout comprises one larger, two-bedroom unit and two of the original two-bedroom units.
While each apartment was meticulously maintained throughout the years, the larger unit received a more thorough restoration in 2010 by architects Linda Taalman and Alan Koch. At the time, the then-married couple lived in the space and tracked their revamp process in an exclusive renovation series for Dwell.
With original detailing such as wood ceilings, sliding glass walls, and concrete floors, the landmarked status of the complex also confers Mills Act tax benefits for the new owners. Scroll ahead to take a peek at the unique property, currently listed for $2,850,000.
1570 La Baig Avenue in Los Angeles, CA, is currently listed for $2,850,000 by Mike Deasy and Sara Clephane of Deasy Penner Podley.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-09 16:06
Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin, the couple behind And And And Studio, didn’t shy away from texture or color when it came to renovating their Silver Lake digs.
Architect couple Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin, cofounders of And And And Studio, recently renovated their home in the creative enclave of Silver Lake, Los Angeles—a neighborhood filled with bohemians, hipsters, and young creative families. This major remodel and addition was an exploration in materials, color, and texture which transformed a rundown home into one that’s open, bright, and playfully chic with midcentury-inspired decor.
The existing home, about 1,000 square feet, was in disrepair and completely gutted down to the studs. A taller, reframed roof gave the single-story space lofty ceilings. The addition, which provides another 1,000 square feet, is the other arm of the now T-shaped abode. Set back on a large lot and nestled between a pool and courtyard, it takes advantage of natural light and facilitates the family’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
Through their work, Annie and Daniel are dedicated to "creating inventive and unique spaces that balance sophisticated and playful, refined and odd, contextual and different." Their Silver Lake home is a true example of the firm’s creative approach. We chatted with the couple about the challenges and triumphs of designing Courtyard House.
We took a lot of inspiration from the material choices within the project. We are constantly discovering different materials and thinking about how they want to be used, how they can influence the design, and what effect and atmosphere they will lend to a space.
For example, we came across a commercial tile from Japan that was pretty pedestrian but had a really nice, matte finish and fun color palette. It was a small, oddly sized square tile, and we challenged ourselves to bring that tile into our bathrooms in different ways. In the master bathroom, you see it in a warm natural tone, paired with shiplap wood paneling and brass fixtures, whereas in the kid’s bath, we used it in more of a retro sense and integrated the tile into an immersive, colored grid.
We start every project with an open mind. We review and balance the site, existing conditions, and budget with lifestyle needs and goals and treat every project as an opportunity to test new ideas. With this project, we wanted to experiment with color, texture, and materials and balance that with quiet and loud moments. To that end, we sought an architectural form that was very simple—two pitched volumes meeting at a right angle to create a "T." It was both a response to the existing site as well as a way to best connect all of these spaces to distinct, outdoor zones.
We think of color as a sophisticated design tool that’s key to creating a unique and holistic space. The kitchen is a great example of this; we integrated a rich, olive green in the cabinetry and paired it with sophisticated detailing, natural materials—Calacatta marble and a warm oak—and an unusually shaped island.
From there, we developed a bold palette to complement and build upon this scheme—a custom, 20-foot-long, turmeric velvet curtain; a terrazzo dining table paired with burgundy chairs; a warm, neutral sofa opposite a bold marigold one.
That’s very hard to answer about your own work. We find ourselves drawn to the main living space—its height, openness, natural light quality, and warmth. It’s the linchpin between the front courtyard and the backyard and pool area. When we have friends over, we open up the front and back sliders, and the space becomes the connection or meeting place.
The existing house was unremarkable and in disrepair. Given its context and neighbors, it was set unusually far back from the street, leaving a significant amount of front yard vacant and unused. We saw this odd feature as an opportunity to create something special: a property with a quiet street profile that you enter through a private garden and courtyard.
It sounds unusual, but the existing site didn’t have a single living plant or tree—in order to make the front courtyard work, we brought in a 50-year-old olive tree to give it a heart and a center, balancing it with boulders and native plantings to create a play space for our kids and an elegant entrance sequence for our visitors.
Visitors enter the gate and first take in the courtyard; then they experience being in it as they approach the house. Once inside, the front courtyard is part of our kitchen: it can fully open onto it, and you experience it again from a different perspective. The long and light-filled, thickened hallway of our kids’ bedrooms looks onto the courtyard and the olive tree. It’s as much a part of the house as the actual house itself.
Menu, Ferm Living, Muuto, APlusR, Parachilna, Madera Surfaces, and Drikolor.
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Builder / General Contractor: Zorzoli Builds LC Construction
Structural Engineer: Craig Philips
Interior Design: And And And Studio
Cabinetry Construction: Rowla
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-07 20:56
We spoke with curatorial director Aric Chen about why he wants the major design fair to be more than just a marketplace.
There is no shortage of beautiful objects at this year’s Design Miami. In fact, it is one of the strongest editions of the 14-year-old design fair to date, with a range of work—from rare 20th-century classics to collectable contemporary design—in presentations by more than 30 galleries. But beyond the offerings for well-heeled collectors, the show, which runs through Sunday, December 8, has a deeper organizing idea behind some of its installations and its Design Forum series of public programs.
Curatorial director Aric Chen joined Design Miami at the end of last year. Formerly lead curator at Hong Kong's M+ museum, Chen is based in Shanghai and has organized numerous design exhibitions around the world. During Design Miami’s June edition (which counter-intuitively takes place in Basel, Switzerland) he created a design exhibition called Elements: Earth that ran in tandem with the fair. For the Miami show, he has followed it up by focusing on water. The theme, loosely woven into the fair, is appropriate for the city—Miami’s lifeblood is the ocean, yet it’s also gravely threatened by sea levels rising on an ever more urgent timeline.
We spoke with Chen about how Design Miami participants responded to the theme, curating in a fair context, and why designers are on the vanguard of thinking through climate change. Read our conversation below and check out some highlights for the fair.
Congrats on your second edition of Design Miami. Your curatorial director post is a new position. What exactly is your role at the fair?
Design Miami has had this tagline for a while now of being a "global forum for design." And the fair has a long history of playing a leading role in both setting the direction of design and reflecting the directions that design was going. They wanted to reinforce that a bit. My role is about setting a tone and with some of the presentations and the conversations that happen during the fair.
Your exhibition in June was titled Elements: Earth, and this edition of the fair focuses on water. Why was ecology something you wanted to emphasize at Design Miami?
For all the obvious reasons, you can't get more urgent than environmental issues and issues of sustainability. And designers have sensitive antenna and it naturally drives them to explore these big questions. It's really part of a design ethos. In the realm of collectible design [versus mass-produced work], designers can work in a more conceptual framework, particularly when it comes to materials. They can really examine, question, push, and probe what it is that distinguishes natural and artificial raw materials, waste, consumption, and production in this brave new world that we're confronting in which everything is changing and will by necessity have to be redefined.
That applies then to questions of how do we make things? What do we consider a natural material? How do we reevaluate materials at a time when they are increasingly scarce and kind of ambiguous by nature? Like, do we now think of waste as a new raw material? Probably. I mean we probably have to.
What was the most interesting work you discovered in the lead up to the fair?
I'm really excited by the Miami duo Coral Morphologic. They have submerged a webcam in Biscayne Bay to live stream scenes from the coral reefs that, believe it or not, are growing there at a time when corals are dying almost everywhere else. It's a phenomenon that scientists are still trying to understand. What is it that allows these corals to thrive in this very busy urban body of water. What you see when you enter the fair is scenes from that webcam, just to kind of make visible what's not usually seen but under our noses, nonetheless.
Why show this and other work grappling with big environmental questions in the very commerce-driven climate of a design fair?
So there are a lot of designers who are working in this realm and showing their work at a fair is a good way of trying to help build a stronger system of patronage. Because it's not commercial work obviously. And collectors can play the biggest role in furthering these investigations.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-06 19:39
Once owned by Tom Cruise, the secluded three-acre property offers multiple residences, a resort-like swimming pool, and 180-degree city views.
Eva Longoria has once again cut the asking price of her Hollywood Hills West compound. The award-winning actor, producer, and activist first listed the gated estate in 2017 for $14,000,000, after acquiring it two years prior from fellow film star and Golden Globe–winner Tom Cruise. A year later, she slashed the price to $11,000,000—which is $400,000 less than what she originally paid. Eager to sell, Longoria recently reduced the price even further and is now seeking $9,495,000.
Set on a 2.75-acre lot just above the Hollywood Hills, the Tuscany–inspired compound was built in 2004 and offers a total of four structures: a three-bedroom villa, a four-bedroom guesthouse, and two studios. Plans for a full renovation of the dwellings by architect Mark Rios were recently approved and are included in the sale.
The extensive, gated property is a secluded retreat in the heart of Los Angeles. Stone and gravel walking paths connect the separate structures and outdoor spaces, creating a resort-like. Scroll ahead to take a look around the estate, which is currently listed for $9,495,000.
7847 Torreyson Drive in Los Angeles, CA, is currently listed for $9,495,000 by The Altman Brothers Team of Douglas Elliman.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-06 19:01
Antwerp-based POLO Architects built these sustainable vacation homes with materials directly from the project's site.
Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Western Africa, the island of São Vicente, part of the Republic of Cabo Verde, boasts warm temperatures year round and little rain fall, resulting in a vaguely lunar-like landscape. The island also happens to have one of the best windsurfing beaches on the planet, and attracts many water sport-seeking tourists yearly.
To capitalize on this growing industry, Barefoot Luxury, a hospitality company with far-flung destinations around the globe, tasked Belgian architecture firm POLO Architects to design a series of vacation villas and a forthcoming resort on the craggy island.
"During this process, I went more than 16 times over a two- to three-year span and fell in love with the islands," POLO Architects Co-founder Patrick Lootens says.
The brief was to construct a number of homes for holiday purposes but Lootens was hesitant when it came to the site location. Careful not to disrupt the virgin valley any more than he had to, Lootens made the decision to use natural materials from the grounds directly adjacent to the plot for sustainability purposes and to help the homes disappear into the rocky, arid surroundings.
And when it came to the design, he was eager to meld the traditional Cape Verde way of building with a more Scandinavian architectural design approach."Merging the two styles was like a ping-pong game," he comments.
Expert, local contractors from nearby Santo Antão island, which features an equally unusual landscape ("arid on one side, while the North is wet, humid and Jurassic Park-like," says Lootens), were crucial in completing the 12 homes, named "The Esculturas."
Each home is constructed with exterior basalt stone walls, sourced from the locale. Inside, the home features Kotibe wood elements and entirely hand-poured concrete walls.
"The contractors didn’t have large tools, so they poured the concrete with their buckets and with their hands, which was quite tiresome. But the result was very satisfactory," Lootens explains.
The contractors also put together the oversized wooden windows with wood imported from Ghana and Angola. "They are 15 feet high and quite amazing," he says.
But the most important aspect of the architectural design was protecting owners from São Vicente’s harsh winds.
"The houses are oriented toward the bay and the sea, which is where most of the wind comes from," explains Lootens. To counteract this, the firm used Kotibe wood from Portugal to construct protective, flexible panels that can "be open or closed, depending on the weather."
The one-story homes are built around a central courtyard, a pool, and outdoor kitchen, which provides comfortable areas for entertaining and an opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds the homes.
For the interiors, POLO partnered with Belgian designers Anaïs Torfs and Michiel Mertens of Going East. When purchasing pieces for the villas, the two designers looked in the markets of Mindelo, the 80,000-person city just 15 minutes away. There, they found sharks teeth, rattan, wicker, and a slew of other vernacular objects and furnishings that place the villas firmly in their local context.
And when it came to the landscape architecture, POLO took the same approach with the construction, not looking to add anything unnatural to the site.
"It doesn’t rain much there so water is very scare," he says. "We tried not to fill up the landscape with greenery that would require extra water as it wouldn’t be ecological, and it would be expensive. But every home has a small garden."
Builder/General Contractor: Devotal
Interior Designer: Going East
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-06 18:00
A sunken-earth home with voluminous interiors peers out from beneath a blanket of flora.
On an empty plot amongst abutting properties, Russia-based Niko Architect created a home that feels private—without completely shuttering it away from the light of day. Vegetation blankets the home’s concrete form, and its walls sweep upwards and outwards to become roofs—nary a rectilinear line in sight. Molded floor-to-ceiling windows curve to grant panoramic views of the entirety of the backyard and swimming pool.
"The landscape flows into the building—and the building into the landscape," says Niko Architect. "It is enhanced by a green roof, on which a garden with woody and herbaceous plants and an artificial relief is organized."
Since only the rear facade has windows, Niko Architect implemented amoeba-shaped skylights that poke out above the rooftop garden. Each is aimed along the sun’s trajectory to maximize ambient lighting.
A smattering of windows above the downstairs living area are angled to scoop up sunlight, which they cast down onto the conversation pit, dining room, and viewing area at different times of day. The other living area—a viewing deck across the courtyard and upstairs—has three windows situated to catch light in the afternoon and evening.
The curved, white walls and vaulted ceilings meet black, striated marble floors for a museum-like atmosphere. Throughout the home’s nearly 3,000 square feet, various sculptures and furnishings take new forms as they are bathed in shifting daylight.
At the home’s entrance, a wide-mouthed, asymmetrical carport hangs open behind a fence guarding the property. From there, grand stairs flank the overgrown facade like arms, leading down living pathways to the secluded backyard. "It is interconnected with the environment, a being of organic architecture," says Niko Architect.
Architect of Record: Niko Architect
Landscape Firm: Ecopochva
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-06 16:19
From a shingle-clad retreat in Patagonia to a sculptor’s live/work cabin, these are the most innovative prefabs of the year.
The appeal of prefab homes stems from their relative accessibility, affordability, and streamlined design that results in less environmental waste. Plus, as evident from many of the prefabs we featured this year, the modular nature of their construction allows builders to stage these low-impact homes in truly spectacular, remote locations. Read on to see the prefabricated homes and cabins that most captivated our readers to this year, from lakeside in Patagonia to hillside in Taiwan.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-06 16:19
Charred black on the outside and bright blue on the inside, a clever extension makes room for a growing family.
Creating more space in a small home on a tight, inner-city site with a modest budget is always going to be a challenge. So, when Amber Laing and Yvonne Meng, directors of Circle Studio Architects, were tasked with designing an extension to a weatherboard cottage on a small block in Melbourne, Australia, they decided to extend upwards rather than outwards. The resulting second-floor addition is essentially a structure on stilts that sits on top of the existing home.
The young family needed space to accommodate two growing children who had previously shared one of the downstairs bedrooms, but they enjoyed living in the area and didn’t want to move. While they wanted two additional bedrooms, living space, and eventually another bathroom, they didn’t want to encroach on the small backyard on the 260-square-meter (or 2,800-square-foot) site—especially since they had also recently added a puppy to the mix. The solution was to make the most of the existing roof volume by adding another level, much of which sits inside the old roof space. An additional benefit to this approach is that the actual volume of the house, when seen from the street, is not dramatically increased and still fits within the town planning envelope.
One of the biggest challenges was uniting the traditional cottage with the new, modern extension. The family liked the character of the neighborhood, and so the new addition is set back from the street, allowing the older home to keep its original frontage.
"The new form wraps around the old, shadowing the roofline of the weatherboard cottage," says Meng. "The old cottage had shifted with time, and the house was out of square. So, much time was spent on site with the builder to line up the extension, and the rafters of the existing house were re-measured and individually reset to marry the new with the old."
The clients also wanted to keep the original period detailing and the flow of space downstairs. So, the footprint of the extension is minimal at the ground floor, extending to the west for a new stair and to let natural light in through a floor-to-ceiling window, and to the east to accommodate new wardrobes in the downstairs bedrooms.
"The second-floor addition is where all the action is," says Meng. "The steel columns are tucked into the existing walls below in order not to impact on the ground-floor rooms."
The extension is clad in charred black timber, which contrasts with the existing weatherboard structure, clearly defining what is new and what is old. The interior is yet another contrast, with bold blue feature walls and brass fittings set against neutral ply ceilings, timber trims, and white joinery. The vibrant blue color was chosen as many of the clients’ early inspiration images had featured richly hued walls.
"The new addition is a bright but minimal canvas for the kids to make their own," says Meng. "The color helps add that playful nature, and the kids chose their own colors for their rooms and window boxes. Color is such a great way to add life to a space, and we wanted the home to be bright and bold."
"I’m a huge fan of color being able to change the mood of a space dramatically without expensive materials," says Meng. "In keeping to the modest budget, we also focused on clean, strong forms and made sure to include a few key finishes, like the birch ply ceiling, to make the space feel special."
The two new children’s bedrooms feature steel window boxes lined with painted ply, providing a nook in which to sit. Timber screens with a playful and graphic cut-out pattern provide privacy from the street, while still letting natural light into the interior.
In the living room, seating and much-needed storage has been built into the white joinery—which references the weatherboard cladding on the original home. The joinery also conceals doors that lead to a space within the roof cavity that is ready to be transformed into a second bathroom when needed at a later date, essentially future-proofing the home as the family continues to grow. "The initial discussions really focused on being able to get a bathroom up there," says Meng. "Funnily enough, however, that was the part that was left off for Stage Two, as it didn’t make the final budget for this stage."
This new living room is connected to a rooftop deck that sits in a void created by the way the stairs have been configured in an "L-shape" to avoid breaking into the side boundary setbacks. Full-height, glass sliding doors open onto this outdoor space, creating an indoor/outdoor living environment.
The northern windows to the living room, deck, and stairwell are boldly angled, aligning with each other and following the angle of the roofline. The window to the deck sits in a wall that continues the roofline of the addition, and connects the rooftop space to the wider neighborhood by framing the streetscape. "You're high up so you're still somewhat removed," says Meng. "But, you do feel a part of the neighborhood while up there, rather than being tucked away in total privacy."
Blue House Yarraville—as Circle Studio has aptly named the project—is a successful study in how bold color and strong, minimal forms can be used to create a home with plenty of personality on a modest budget. "At the end of the day, we managed to achieve something bright and fun on a small site," says Meng. "That in itself feels pretty good."
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Builder: Carland Constructions
Structural Engineer: Vivid Civil Engineers
Cabinetry Design: Finewood Designer Kitchens
Stylist: Paige Anderson
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-06 15:52
Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue has been named the shade to kick off the new decade.
"Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era," Pantone announced. We can’t wait to see the dreamy hue cropping up in fashion shows, graphic design, home decor, and, most importantly, on walls this coming year. Check out a few of our favorite items to easily incorporate the shade into your home.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 21:16
The husband-and-wife team behind SIMO Design recently completed their newest home along Beverly Hills’ Oak Pass Road—and it’s currently on the market.
With less than 40 residences, Oak Pass Road is a coveted area for anyone seeking privacy—especially Hollywood A-listers. Past and present residents of the winding, gated road include reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, actress Jessica Alba, and actor Channing Tatum. Nestled between it all is the neighborhood’s newest property—designed and built by the duo behind Los Angeles-based SIMO Design.
"The house that was originally on the site was very interesting," comments Sam Gnatovich, who leads SIMO Design with his wife, Alexi Rennalls. "The structure was demoed to the studs and left to be, so by the time we purchased the property, the surrounding landscape was taking over. It felt like a 3,000-square-foot treehouse." Both Gnatovich and Rennalls were inspired by the open-air feeling of the original structure, as well as the downward sloping lot, which dramatically opens up to the canyon below.
"When we began the design process, we wanted to embrace that feeling of blurring the lines between where the house stopped and the landscape started," says Gnatovich. "Typically, on a downward-sloping lot the pool would go in the back. The issue then is that the property flow is interrupted by the house."
For the new structure, the couple settled on a L-shaped floor plan, with the pool and entry stairs filling the open corner created by the design. "In this way, the flow of the house and the property become more connected and integrated," adds Gnatovich.
The home’s materials were carefully selected and finished to be refined—yet natural and raw as to soften the form. Gnatovich explains how this philosophy was brought to life in the living room: "the fireplace that divides the living area and the kitchen is clad in cold-rolled steel, which we blackened using a technique that allows the imperfections of the steel to show, while being refined enough that it looks finished and not too industrial."
In another application, the couple chose Pertersen Tegl ceramic brick to dress up a wall of bookcases in the living room, dry stacking the tiles to enhance the roughness of the material.
"We set out to design spaces for the home, pool, yard, and landscape to all come together and interact as one space, while maximizing the attributes of the lot," says Gnatovich. The property is currently listed with an asking price of $11,000,000.
9551 Oak Pass Road in Beverly Hills, CA, is listed for $11,000,000 by Boni Bryant and Joe Reichling of Compass.
Builder: Fischer Construction
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 21:06
A curated, luggage-free wardrobe awaits you with Rent the Runway Travel Concierge.
Rent the Runway and W Hotels have teamed up to ensure your next hotel stay is as chic as can be. Their new Closet Concierge program allows guests of select W Hotels to choose four styles to rent from Rent the Runway’s Unlimited Closet for the duration of their stay—all for for only $69.
"Traveling without luggage has always been my dream. We are thrilled to partner with W Hotels to bring the Rent the Runway Closet Concierge to life, so travelers can simply show up and have their dream closet waiting for them in their hotel room." —Jennifer Hyman, co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway
The destination-curated looks are tailored to each W Hotel location and incorporate Rent the Runway’s keen eye for on-trend colors, designers, silhouettes, and climate. To return, guests simply drop off the items at the welcome desk at check out.
"W is always looking for ways to give our guests new/next experiences that empower them to express themselves and upgrade their travel experience, and the RTR Closet Concierge does both," says Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader at W Hotels. "Collaborating with Rent the Runway—such a creative, conscious, and trend-setting brand—allows us to reinvent the way our guests pack and dress as they travel. Skipping the packing process is a whole new level of luxury for our guests and is yet another surprising way continue to reinvent hospitality."
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 20:29
SHED Architecture + Design fashions a more coherent layout for a Seward Park home with refreshing lake views.
When the owners of this 1961 midcentury in Seattle’s Seward Park were first considering buying the property, they toured it with SHED Architecture + Design to ensure that the purchase would be a good investment. On the walk-through, the architects could tell that the home, originally designed by Pacific Northwest architect George Lucker, had good bones, despite some anomalies in the existing layout.
As designer Prentis Hale remembers, "My initial impression was that it was quite a beautiful house that had a really bad addition. A sunroom was placed on the water side of the house, and in a very funky manner."
The homeowners bought and remodeled the property with the goal of restoring its midcentury character and making it more adept for modern life. The firm’s ethos was a good fit for such an approach.
"This was a house that deserved to be saved and have its life prolonged," says Hale. "When we are working on those types of houses, we really try to do the minimal number of moves, plan wise. We don't view it as a tabula rasa. We view it as, ‘How do we get clever and figure out how to solve multiple problems with as few insertions or deletions as we can?’"
Previously, the long volume of the main living area was chopped in half by a wall that enclosed the kitchen on one side. The division was a jarring way to separate the kitchen and dining room from the main living space, so the designers removed it to improve connection between the main living areas.
Off the kitchen and dining area, a former owner had enclosed a deck with a sunroom that Hale calls "carbuncular." It was "a greenhouse-type sunroom that got super hot in the summer, or cold in the winter, and [the homeowners] felt like it was a space they couldn't use," says designer Rebecca Marsh. "It was really an eyesore."
The team removed the addition and resurrected the deck that had been a part of the original Lucker design, creating access to it via an expansive, sliding glass door. Now light streams throughout the main floor, and lake views can be appreciated from multiple vantage points.
Another desire was to carve out a master suite for the homeowners. In the existing plan, the main floor had one shared bathroom in the hall. The firm's solution was to capture unused exterior space under the roof line and install a multi-functional bath, including a powder bath that can be accessed by both the master and main house. Pocket doors keep that room separate from a larger walk-in shower and vanity.
More Before & After:
Builder: Thomas Jacobson Construction, Inc
Structural Engineer: Todd Perbix
Cabinetry: Custom Craft
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 19:57
L.A.-based design duo Taylor + Taylor juxtaposed board-formed concrete with blond cabinetry and statement tile for a wow worthy kitchen renovation.
Whereas others might look at a board-formed cement wall in a basement and see, well, a concrete wall, Jess and Jonathan Taylor, the design duo behind the L.A.-based firm Taylor + Taylor, were inspired.
The couple had purchased a virtually untouched 1952 house in east L.A. and that concrete wall became the backdrop for a new guest kitchen in the basement.
"It was really the starting point of the whole design," says Jess Taylor. "As designers, our goal is to always try to incorporate the existing surroundings whenever possible, utilize them in practical ways, and be inspired by them."
"As we conceptualized this space, we've always been drawn to modern Scandinavian approaches and this notion of really minimal, functional spaces," says Jonathan. Additionally, the couple had recently returned from a vacation that provided them with further design inspiration.
"We just got back from Mexico City for our 10th anniversary, [where we saw] the workspace that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera shared," says Jonathan. This motivated them to adopt a pared back aesthetic that highlights the room’s utility: "The utility itself brings about beauty," says Jonathan.
The kitchen is just 90-square-feet, so the couple needed to make sure to pack a lot of function in the small space. Their biggest challenge was right-sizing the appliances. "We had to familiarize ourselves with these tiny European appliances that can fit in this certain context where you still have the full functionality," says Jonathan, noting that since the firm is L.A.-based, they’re used to designing for more sprawling residences as opposed to dense, urban environments with smaller square-footage.
"As we went along, we realized there's a real need for introducing some other element that had some overt modernism in it," says Jonathan. To that end, the pair discussed the striking floor treatment with their friend, the L.A.-based designer, social media consultant, and art director Anne Sage, who connected them with Fireclay Tile. From there, the couple combined pieces from Fireclay’s Fallow and Grange line, which they painstakingly arranged until they achieved the effect they were after. "The tile was a really fun component to play with," says Jess.
Lighting Design: Taylor + Taylor
Cabinetry Design/Installation: Taylor + Taylor
Other: Anne Sage
Photography: Monica Wang Photography
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 18:39
The fall collection of Drew Barrymore Flower Home is unapologetically maximalist with holiday entertaining in mind—and pieces start at just $10.
The poster child for flower power, Drew Barrymore, has launched a new collection of furniture and home decor to ring in the holiday season. The fall collection of Drew Barrymore Flower Home, which debuted in March this year, continues to offer maximalist, bohemian-inspired pieces at an affordable price point (ranging from $10 to $699). Flower Home Fall sees the addition of more than 130 new items including peel-and-stick wallpaper, storage and entertainment units, art and decor, seating, bedding, and tableware.
Barrymore’s inclusion of rich colors, textures, and patterns are unabashedly bold. "My decor style has always been very eclectic," she says. "I love to make a room feel personal and curated by constantly mixing things up, adding new prints, or incorporating accessories found while traveling."
Bringing an inherent playfulness to the collection, Barrymore encourages mixing and matching styles. For example, she suggests allowing the Art Deco Fan Mid-Century Sliding Door TV Stand ($379.05) to anchor a room of higher-end furniture, such as the leather accent chair or marble table you’ve invested in.
Pattern brings depth to a room, advises Barrymore, who cites the Orange and Blue Vintage Floral ($49) and Coral and Blue Art Deco ($39) as her favorite wallpaper offerings. Another tip she offers is to not be shy about playing with texture—especially velvet, which adds a sumptuous feel to any space. Her favorite recommended pieces include the Petal Accent Chair ($399) and Tufted Sloping Loveseat ($699).
Finally, Barrymore loves a well-placed gallery wall: "I’m passionate about paintings and prints—drawing inspiration from my own art collection, my life, the people I meet, and places I travel."
The rich, harvest-inspired colorways for the current collection were chosen with the season’s upcoming festivities in mind, making Drew Barrymore Flower Home an easy, one-stop shop to punch up your home for holiday entertaining. Her kitchen accessories, tableware, and barware emphasize midcentury influences, botanical patterns, tropical vibes, and gem-like colors.
As the collection continues to grow, the mission of Drew Barrymore Flower Home remains the same; it’s all about encouraging people to "be happy when you come into your beautiful, sacred space."
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 18:25
3D-printing innovators Apis Cor used locally sourced materials to print a two-story building in just three weeks.
Apis Cor, whose motto is "we print buildings," just completed the world’s largest 3D-printed building to date—a 6,998-square-foot, 31-foot-tall government facility comprised of concrete, gypsum, and proprietary materials developed by the company.
The company’s 3D printer—which is about the size of a large car—spit out the structure section by section, and it was repositioned around the build site by three workers and a construction crane. Traditional construction methods and manual labor were used to create the foundation, set the windows in place, and add roofing and rebar.
Dubai served as a proving ground for the technology, which underwent extensive research and development ahead of the build. "The Dubai climate is very harsh—temperature and humidity change significantly even within a day," says company founder and CEO Nikita Cheniuntai. "The material has to behave the same way all the time, despite the changing environmental conditions."
The project’s cost has not been disclosed, but affordability, speed, and structural integrity are top priorities for Apis Cor. In 2017, they printed a tiny home outside of Moscow in 24 hours for around $10,000. Soon, they plan to do the same for affordable housing projects in both California and Louisiana.
Earlier this year, Apis Cor partnered with SEArch+ and won NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. By the end of next year, Apis Cor hopes to make their 3D printing technology available to the masses—they’re planning to sell printers to construction companies seeking to implement custom designs. By 2021, Apis Cor is seeking to open a slew of mini factories to manufacture printing materials.
"[The Dubai] project is a huge step forward in the concrete 3D printing industry," says Cheniuntai. "The next printer will be more reliable and twice as fast."
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 01:02
This year, we reported on everything from demolition, to preservation, to rare Frank Lloyd Wright homes hitting the market.
With a career span of more than 70 years, Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built more than 500 structures across the U.S.—and influenced countless others through the mentorship of his prodigies. From real estate news, to restorations, and even demolitions, it comes as no surprise that changes to Frank Lloyd Wright–designed buildings make headlines. Luckily, Dwell keeps you in the know with the top Frank Lloyd Wright news stories of the year.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 00:16
CplusC Architectural Workshop’s Clinton Cole has equipped his Darlington address with a solar-panel facade, rainwater harvesting, and a rooftop garden and fish pond.
"Architecture can be more than beautiful," says Clinton Cole, architect, builder, and director of Sydney-based studio CplusC Architectural Workshop. "If we are to survive the next hundred years, a house must be ‘a machine for sustaining life,’ and it must promote those values in its architectural expression." This philosophy is carried out in Cole’s latest project, which is a home for his family of five in an inner-city suburb of Sydney.
Welcome to the Jungle House was created around an existing building and faced stringent heritage controls. Its restored heritage facade features rendered masonry, steel-framed windows, and foliage cascading out of the apertures. On the roof, steel planter beds hold fruit and vegetables.
The roof—accessed via a ladder from the outdoor living area—is also used for composting and the cultivation of worms for a garden and fish pond, with the latter providing nutrient-dense irrigation to the planters. In turn, the native Australian plants and desert grasses filter stormwater, which is held in an underground tank and pumped back to the pond in the aquaponics system.
In another commitment to sustainability, the addition is clad with photovoltaic panels. A fully operable glass skin is inset from the outer facade, providing an abundance of light and thermal regulation while maintaining privacy.
Visitors enter the home through an oversize, steel "shroud," as though climbing through one of the windows. The ground floor holds a home office, play space, and informal guest accommodations. A centrally located spiral staircase doubles as a light well, using the stack effect to draw cool air from the concrete slab and masonry walls through to the upper levels, and expelling hot air through the operable glass skin in the warmer months.
Laneway access opens onto a workshop area and a garage for an electric car, which connects to a battery storage system powered by the solar panels.
Three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room occupy the second floor, with the couple’s three young children sharing bunk beds. The master bedroom is situated in the tightest portion of the site, and benefits from an oversize, timber pivot window that has smaller apertures for the option of more privacy.
By compressing the lower two levels of the home, Cole allowed the luxury of an open-plan third floor with panoramic views of the city. An interplay of light patterns animates the timber floors and creates ever-changing reflections on the glazed louvers. The kitchen, dominated by an island bench, both divides and unites the space, providing abundant space for cooking and communal meals with friends and family. As expected, the material palette features a combination of raw and industrial textures like burnished concrete, fiber-cement panels, polished and unpolished metals, and recycled timber.
"Fundamentally, this house acts as a beacon of sustainability within its community, where landscape, food, nature, garden, environment, energy, waste, water, and architectural aesthetic exist symbiotically," says Cole.
More by CplusC:
Structural Engineer: SDA Structures
Landscape Design Company: Bell Landscapes
Lighting Design: CplusC
Interior Design: Jase Sullivan
Cabinetry Design/Installation: BWO Fitout
Roof Garden, Irrigation & Aquaponics: Sydney Organic Gardens
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-04 22:04
Century-old oak trees are fused with modern-day materials to create a barn rooted in the past that serves the present.
Netherlands-based architects Annemariken Hilberink and Geert Bosch had to cut down seven 100-year-old oak trees on the estate where they live and work, just outside the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch. Rather than selling the trees for paper, they decided to mill them and build a new barn. The new structure makes extraordinarily efficient use of the milled lumber, and it draws inspiration from the historic farmhouses of the area.
"Traditionally, most farmhouses in the Meierij of ’s-Hertogenbosch have their separate parts—such as living quarters, storage space, and cowsheds—integrated into a single building," according to Annemariken and Geert. "Over time, however, these compact buildings frequently became too cramped to house all of these functions, so a separate barn was added."
"By replacing a collage of obsolete shelters and sheds, we would, in line with our farm’s monumental character, build a new barn with locally harvested materials employing traditional techniques," say Annemariken and Geert.
The oak trees were cut down using a mobile sawmill, and the strong trunks were used for the structural frame of the barn and roof, and the planks of the facade. The remaining tree parts were used for other aspects of the barn.
The architects mixed concrete and bark to create a textured, organic-looking surface for the exterior walls on each end of the structure. This composite material makes the barn blend in with its forested surroundings.
They also used small pieces of wood from the trees as roof shingles. "The roughness of this cleaved timber ensures that this untreated roofing will last for decades," say Annemariken and Geert. The leftover tree material was chopped up and set aside to be used as firewood.
The 1,300-square-foot barn is split into three areas: a carport, a storage room, and an office with a workshop and meeting area. A loft above the storage room opens to the workshop.
Wood’s organic nature led to the barn’s beautiful imperfections—from the board-formed concrete volumes to the rough-hewn planks, some of which are marked by barbed wire and shrapnel dating back to the 1940s. "The barn’s aesthetics have been strongly influenced by coincidence," say Annemariken and Geert.
Architect of Record: Hilberink & Bosch Architects
Builder/General Contractor: Zandenbouw
Structural Engineer: Raadgevend Ingenieursburo van Nunen
Landscape Design: Parklaan Landschapsarchitecten
Lighting Design: Peter van Kempen Lichtarchitect
Mobile Sawmill: Brabanthout
Woodstove: Deklein & Vanhoff
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-04 19:56
Set on a double lot, the Mediterranean-style home looks out over the widest part of San Francisco Bay.
The Northern California home of late actor and comedian Robin Williams just hit the market. Located about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco in Paradise Cay, the waterfront residence spans 6,517 square feet, comprising six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths.
The free-flowing floor plan seamlessly connects the home's main living spaces, including a recently remodeled kitchen, formal dining area, large family room, and wood-paneled library. Walls of windows look out onto one of the widest points of the Bay, while glass doors provide access to a large rear patio that stretches nearly the full length of the home.
Built in 1987, the Mediterranean residence offers ample tranquility and is just a short drive away from popular Marin County landmarks, including Muir Woods National Monument and Mt Tamalpais State Park. Scroll ahead to see more of the home, currently listed for $7,250,000.
95 Saint Thomas Way is currently listed for $7,250,000 by Penny Wright-Mulligan and Haley Wright of Compass.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-04 19:41
An exploration of light, color, and space awaits visitors at James Turrell’s first survey exhibition in Mexico.
After over two years of preparation, Museo Jumex has officially debuted Passages of Light, a survey exhibition by American artist James Turrell. Turrell orchestrates light, space, and color on a monumental scale, and the exhibition unfolds over two floors of the museum’s galleries. The retrospective spans half a century, following the artist’s career from the late 1960s to the present day.
Turrell gives light a physical presence with projected fields of saturated color that redefine the immaterial. Designed to eliminate the viewer’s depth perception, the installations can appear as floating geometric objects or immersive spaces that dissolve physical boundaries. Turrell’s exploration into the materiality of light often draws the audience into contemplative thought.
"My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing," says Turrell. "I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is, space where you feel a presence, almost an entity—that physical feeling and power that space can give."
Passages of Light welcomes visitors with Amesha Spentas, a site-specific piece from James Turrell’s Ganzfeld series that immerses viewers in a saturated field of color. Each body of work in the exhibition is paired with a quotation to better illuminate the artist’s influences.
Installations continue on the second floor, which includes a collection of prints, photographs, models, and holograms that trace the breadth of Turrell’s work—starting with his First Light prints and his earliest experiments with light projections. The artist’s explorations with recent technology, including holograms, are also on display.
One section of the exhibition is devoted to Turrell’s magnum opus, the Roden Crater project. Begun in 1977, the ongoing project is Turrell’s monumental attempt to transform an extinct volcano in remote Arizona into an observatory for celestial events.
"Turrell’s work is a potent means of employing inherently and fundamentally human ways of seeing to move beyond it by allowing affect to overrule thought, and enable us to pass into new perceptions and understanding of our own place and time," says Museo Jumex Chief curator Kit Hammonds, who, along with Curatorial Assistant Adriana Kuri Alamillo, organized James Turrell: Passages of Light.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-04 18:30
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