architecture

House Wellington 7B & 7C

another thing i have been doing a lot of in anticipation of moving soon, apart from browsing etsy, is actually looking for a new place to stay.* which is a frustrating process, at best. so when i get sick of looking at dingy, overpriced flats i start looking for things that actually inspire me – like these two flats in Cape Town’s CBD designed by architects Wolf & Wolf.

We designed a new penthouse loft apartment in the historic Fruit Growers Building in Cape Town. We explored the concept of re-fabrication, using as much of the existing timber on site and re-working it. The result is our take on what a “Cape Town” style loft apartment is. House Wellington 7C is a compact version of 7B. Here we explore the idea of compact Urban Living. The total area is 50m²

* may as well take this opportunity to appeal to people in the cape town area who are reading this – if you have a flat or know of a flat in cape town that is becoming available next year please email me! that’s the smell of desperation, friends.

House Wellington 7B:

House Wellington 7c:

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Let’s live here

spotted Château de Moissac on Desire to inspire and it made me go uurrrrggghhhhnnnnnnn whhhhyyyyy! what kind of torture is this?? why is this not MY château! damn the world! – etc.

Built in a hill-top village, a refuge for lovers of ancient stones…In the early 17th century, the Château de Moissac-Bellevue was a residence dedicated to relaxation, owned by a noble family from Provence. Sober, patrimonial, remarkable, with its monumental entrance, vast drawing-rooms and dining-rooms opening out to the gardens, its imposing kitchen, its bedrooms and bathrooms extending upwards to the attics, the building was rewarded for its exemplary restoration in June 2008 by the “Prix des Vieilles Maisons Françaises” sponsored by Emile Garcin.

(i’d get rid of all those chandeliers though)

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ten favourites

my brother the architect (mentioned in this post) has 444 folders with 5,700 pictures on his computer sorted by name & date of rad architects, houses & buildings. i forced him to give me a copy (not really, he gave it to me out of the goodness of his heart) and now i’m going to share ten of my favourites.

if you like this kind of stuff make sure to explore the modernist architecture tag

ben rose home aka ferris bueller house in chicago by a. james speyer, 1953

kaufmann desert house in palm srings, california by richard neutra, 1946

katzenstein house in los angeles, california by ray kappe, 1974

villa mairea in noormarkku, finland by alvar aalto, 1939

aarhus town hall in denmark by arne jacobsen, 1942

house walton in arkansas by e. fay jones, 1958

irwin miller house in indiana by eero saarinen, 1957

gehry house in santa monica by frank gehry, 1977

hanna house in stanford, california by frank lloyd wright, 1937

bruynzeel house in stellenbosch by aardt bijl, 1962

this is an incredibly well-known house in my hometown of stellenbosch that’s in the same neighbourhood as my parent’s place. i always see the angled roof sticking up out of the trees when i drive around there. there are many houses in this neighbourhood that have the same modernist feel (albeit not such a dramatic design) – lots of wood inside, with cleverly designed built-in cupboards and bookshelves that separate open plan living areas. basically my dream homes! unfortunately new people who move into the area are starting to tear these houses down and building generic tuscan style pieces of poo in their place.

on a side note – we are always highly amused by famous architects who wear those glasses.

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Olnick Spanu House

my love for modernist houses is never ending – a trait i share with my brother the architect,  whose knowledge of architecture and rad homes eclipses any one i know. he also has an impressive encyclopedic reference for hilarious simpsons quotes, but that’s a story for another time.

this house is the kind of place i could happily spend some alone time in.

The place is of profound tranquility where after a day of rain and fog an intense light reflects in the stilled mirror of the majestic Hudson River’s deep waters. A place where twilights are a thousand colors as the water breaks into a thousand reflections. A place where the air is clean and calm, and mild. One could say a place that is very close to heaven. In this impressive place, we establish a plane, a platform that underlines the landscape before us, seeking to enhance it.

whoa, pretty much the most poetic architects ever.

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evil people in modernist homes in popular films

this project by benjamin critten

… immediately made me think of this house

which was used as the basis for the house in charlie’s angels. do you remember? sam rockwell was wooing drew barrymore up until he revealed himself to be the bad guy and put her through a window…

and even after the fact i still wanted her to end up with him, because sam rockwell is awesome!

… anyway, one of the houses benjamin critten mentions in the publication is jackie treehorn’s place in the big lebowski (i can’t think of jackie treehorn without remembering that note he scribbled, makes me giggle every time.)

this is the sheats goldstein residence, which was designed by the same architect who was responsible for the chemosphere – john lautner.

the same house was incidentally also used in bandits (a completely underappreciated movie, in my opinion)

another of the films mentioned in the publication is diamonds are forever, which was partly filmed in the elrod house, designed by (you guessed it) john lautner.

AND he mentions twilight (not the silly vampire one) – which uses the jacobsen residence, also by lautner.

he also designed the house from a single man, which i was perving over a while back

not that anyone in the single man was particularly evil.

thus, my conclusion is that if i had to live in a movie i would want to be the bad guy because they are invariably the raddest characters and they get to live in the nicest houses.

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in my fantasies i have more than one house

may i introduce you to my new winter… and summer homes? they are in norway. at least i’m pretty sure they’re in norway, as the architect’s website is in norwegian (i’m guessing) and my google translate won’t activate.

my winter home is pretty rad because it has reindeer antlers on the pitch of the roof (i put them there)

my summer home is awesome because of all the windows, so i can let the light in until 10pm. or whenever it sets in norway. does the sun even set in norway in summer? i’ll soon find out.

you can come visit, i’ll try to find some scandanavian style pull out couches.

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