architecture

all i need

i know i usually feature fancy looking wood & glass masterpieces, but i’d really just like a pretty little house, possibly with a garden (or a courtyard, or a verandah – or all three) that’s close to town so that i can walk everywhere.

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lake flato

while i was roaming around looking at interiors to place my new favourite chair in, i discovered the work of lake flato – an architectural firm based in san antonio, texas. that’s it, i’ve found the dream architects for my future wood & glass house (in a forest, on a river)

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“under a vast blue sky”

from the new york times: Jan McFarland Cox, an artist and designer, spent nearly a decade of her life building a house in the Idaho desert, along with architect Tom Kundig.

imagine lingering over a cup of coffee in this kitchen!

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trees please

i’m pretty much sold on any and all houses that have trees incorporated into their design – there’s nothing nicer to me than a huge tree in the middle of a courtyard. or better yet, a tree in the middle of a house.

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arthur erickson

i am positively salivating over these houses by late architect arthur erickson, all designed in the late fifties / early sixties.

catton house, 1967:

filberg house, 1958:

smith house, 1964:

graham house, 1962:

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retreat

the site is a waterfront property located on an island in the archipelago of stockholm. oaks and pines live in meagre soil between sculptural rocks that dominate the landscape. a large section of the site’s upper part is taken by a large oak aged over 500 years

designed by swedish archi firm WRB via oh joy

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hobbit bunker

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The home features an enormous patio with an elliptical opening designed to accentuate the view. The old-looking barn in the distance even features an underground tunnel that serves as an entrance into the home.

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praha-ah-ha

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continuing with the backward uploading of photos from my european travels, these are from a trip to prague. the city is just as pretty as you’d imagine, but jammed with tourists (even in late november – the place must be positively bursting at the seams in summer). it’s always best to wander away from the crowds, and hopefully you’ll find yourself in some tiny street with no one else around. see more at my flickr.

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