It’s the feel and the smell of this house, more than anything else, that I’m proud of. The client (all right, my mother) had been wanting to build an extension on her little adobe house in the mountains of New Mexico for about 30 years, so we finally did it. I did the overall design, then we found a wonderful project architect and local builder to do the new adobe brick structure justice. The thing about adobe is that it’s cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and smells wonderful; and, it’s possible to get fantastic sculptural shapes from it. Read More
You can probably hear about as much through the trumpet as you can through a sea-shell (hey, keep trying!), but that doesn’t mean it’s not an interesting way of relating to the landscape.
I love anything get inspires people to get involved with their environment. Check out this installation in Shenzen for the Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism by Clavel Arquitectos. By twirling yourself around in the carousels, you provide the energy for the parasols to swirl and light up. What’s funny is that Dezeen specifically says ‘children’ are supposed to do it, but when you watch the videos, it’s mostly adults playing on them. And why not? ( I also love the golden undersides of the parasols… ooh, shiny..)
In Scotland most public toilets seem to be intentionally designed as manky boxes for underage drinking and snogging. Wish we had some like this roadside stop in Norway by Manthey Kula Architects.
Formula One Testing begins shortly, which means that I either lose my relationship or make an effort to pay attention to noisy things that go fast. I choose neither; I generally come into the room and notice my favourite drivers (helloooo Jenson and Mark!), then take the opportunity to look at the scenery. Monaco’s always lovely. Read More
There’s little that gets me more excited (in a design sense…simma down there…) than a judicious combination of old and new elements. By ‘old’ I basically mean 19th century and older, whereas ‘new’ for me starts with the Bauhaus. Take, for example, this re-imagination of a German castle as a museum: instead of installing some fake ye olde style exhibit aid, the architects visually reinforced what is old and what is new – in my opinion bringing more beauty to both. (That’s 15th century prison-cell graffiti, by the way.)
In a residential setting, for me it’s the play between detail, colour, and patina on the one hand and cleaner, stronger lines on the other that gives the old-new combo its oomph.
Images: Architectural Record, Elle Decor