Posts Tagged ‘Chimay Bleue’

Empty bank building, Charleston SC

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

For brutalist concrete, I find this little bank quite friendly. And not half bad for a drive-in. Unfortunately it seems to be abandoned. Photo above is by agilitynut, and and an alternate view is here. She writes “This Bank of America was built in 1974 and first occupied by Bankers Trust.

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Brooches for houses

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

This house decoration looks like an upmarket version of a dingbat. Either way it’s a nice retro fashion accessory that harks back to the postwar period. The house was built in La Jolla, California by architect Jonathan Segal in 2004 for his own family. Photo by my friend Chimay Bleue on Flickr.

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Palmer & Krisel, midcentury modern architecture

Friday, December 11th, 2009

These midcentury modern houses are by the famed Los Angeles architectural firm Palmer & Krisel, which has built a phenomenal number of iconic houses in this style in California and Nevada. (See House of Tomorrow, for example.) And Bill Krisel is still working today! Of the photos below, the house directly below is new; the rest are truly midcentury.

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Patterned concrete screens

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

I’m developing a taste for these. There are lots of dinky suburban tract versions of these perforated walls, but when the scale and placement are well thought out, they can be the building’s most arresting feature. This collection is a mix of decorative landscaping walls or actual exterior treatments on buildings.

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Patterned concrete blocks, on Flickr

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Concrete block and perforated screen fetishists should visit this Flickr pool. The wall above and below is at the abandoned Besser Vibrapac office, a building that served as a display of the company’s own concrete blocks. Besser Vibrapac by The Mover, on Flickr. Click on photos to read more.

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Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

William Cody, Architect, 1952. From the standpoint of the rainy temperate rainforest, desert landscaping is so seductive, so distant, so taunting. Red cactus soil, and an agave growing through the roof, and a boulder. Photos by Chimay Bleue (my friend Darren) by permission, on Flickr.

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