Posts Tagged ‘Bruce Goff’

John di Castri, wooden “Trend House,” Victoria

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

John di Castri is one of Victoria, BC’s best known architects. This house seemed strangely familiar to me, and then I discovered that di Castri had left Victoria for Oklahoma to study for three years with Bruce Goff (see Goff’s influence here). The house above is a “Trend House” by di Castri built in 1954. The “Trend House” was a cross-Canada program intended to foster use of BC lumber in residential …read more

Whatever happened to the seating platform, the conversation pit?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Above, the 1970s modern two-level platform in painter Frank Stella’s loft, from the classic book Inside Today’s Home. Below, a recent photo of the renovated 1950s conversation pit in the Number 31 Hotel in Dublin. Maybe it’s because I grew up around a hip artist aunt whose 60s/70s handmade house had a seating platform in it, but I am mourning the disappearance of the freeform seating arrangement. And apparently I am not alone. …read more