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Archive for March, 2011

mortar & pestle

…like a cave woman, I bash defiant grains, piling them all to an aromatic dust heap.  (Keret)

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Pitch´s House / Madrid, Spain

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(inaquicarnicero, 2009)
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Ishizuchi / Ehime Prefecture, Saijo City

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via Kazuyuki Okumura Architect & Associates
Land area: 750.34m2
Building area: 220.93m2
Floor Area: 193.22m2
Main structure: RC + Steel construction
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A playhouse with views!

via SmartPlayhouse

The most remarkable thing about this playhouse are its eight large windows that will allow your children to enjoy the scenery and it gives a real sense of freedom from any corner of the playhouse.   This modern playhouse is inspired by the Modern Movement from the middle of the 20th century.  Its design is characterized by simple shapes, the absence of adornment and the perfection of its details.  (SmartPlayhouse)

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LUM 17TH STREET – San Francisco

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via  John Lum Architecture Inc.

The staff area for John Lum Architecture is located on the second floor of his architecture studio, a former laundry machine factory. The interior was gutted and reconfigured to create a rigorous, symmetrical plan, and is a study in finishes, colors and textures. A large steel-trowelled stucco box separates the staff lounge/dining area from two private offices. Inside is a large, sky-lit bathroom that features an open shower and salvaged claw foot tub. Pairs of eight-foot-high stained ash veneer plywood doors contain storage and services and correspond to the existing exposed roof trusses. An unusual palette of exposed steel, stone counters and perforated metal contrasts with the restored fir floor. Intense use of color and found furnishings represent the essence of John Lum’s style: a highly livable but thoroughly modern interior that is unexpected, warm and elegant.  (John Lum Architecture Inc.)

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House of the Indian Ocean

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  via House Home Design – House and Home Design Idea

For the owner of a large tire manufacturing Pierre Prenzhe famous Tadao Ando has built in Sri Lanka villa, as disclosed in the Indian Ocean. Pierre Prenzhe arrived in Sri Lanka about 15 years ago as a tourist and was so fascinated by the island that remained on it forever. At first he worked at a local factory, and then started his own business producing tires, has been very successful. However, after 2004, when the tsunami struck the island, better known as Pierre’s benefactor, donated to help victims of disaster is very large sum. By the way, the tsunami then, six years ago, was postponed construction of his house a businessman, and only in 2010 by Tadao Ando was able to realize his project. The choice in favor of this particular architect has done Prenzhe wife – a famous Belgian artist Saskia Pintelon (Saskia Pintelon), counting Ando greatest architects of our time. It is noteworthy that, while working on a project villas, Ando so not once visited Sri Lanka: its “eyes” on the island were members of a local architectural office PWA Architects. The house has three wings, composed around a central patio. One wing is completely set aside for the master bedroom, second – under the art studio and gallery, while a third settled public areas, such as two rows of windows living room, dining room, terrace, spectacular console frozen in space, and even a pool. It is worth noting that the last two wings are in terms of elongated rectangles, the divergent angle of 45 degrees. This home is instantly recognized as “andovsky” for several reasons. First, of course, is plastered concrete , from which all the walls of the villa and that is present in most of the interior – very few contemporary architects can make this brutal stuff “sound” is so lyrical and clean. Secondly, skillfully used the possibility of natural light. In the layout of the house is dominated by two rows of windows of the space, and to the surrounding scenic beauty and the Indian Ocean, he faces panoramic windows and large open terraces. 

(House Home Design – House and Home Design Idea)

Wurzburg Lakehouse / Pickwick, Tennessee

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via Contemporist

Project Description:  A modern vacation home for a Memphis-based family, located in a wooded subdivision on Pickwick Lane.

Solution:  To maximize panoramic views of the Lake, this 3,500 SF waterfront home is partially embedded into its sloping site. The entry pathway into the home splits the main volume into distinct public and private zones, resulting in a dramatic framed view of the lake upon entry. The low sloped roof of the public zone directs you to views of the forest, white the private zone opens toward the water. These light wood and glass volumes sit atop a heavy stone and concrete base, which anchors the home to the site.

Bottom-line:  A comfortable, modern getaway, the home provides a welcoming retreat from city life.

archimania, . (n.d.). Wurzburg lakehouse . Retrieved from