Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Pavilion opens

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Thanks to Dezeen for this video interview with Swiss architect Peter Zumthor on his pavilion at the Serpentine (a previous ouno post on Zumthor, on the occasion of being chosen to do the pavilion, is here). The pavilion opens tomorrow, July 1, and closes October 16. Zumthor is a winner of the Pritzker Prize, the world’s top architecture award.

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Kinoka no Ie or “Wood-flavoured house” – alternative ecological housing in Tokyo

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Via Monocle. Thanks to Wilson Tang for pointing this out.

Twenty-nine Japanese families have found their version of happiness by creating their own idyll in a Tokyo suburb. Together with eco-architect Akinori Sagane they have built Kinoka no Ie, a community development in Machida-shi in the south of the city.

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Concrete planters. What happened? Whither minimalism? Whither design?

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Whatever happened to planters like these two? They may still be in production, but wherever they are still available, and that’s nearly nowhere, they’re civic-sized, weigh 500-1000 pounds, and are out of scale for people’s home gardens. Why? Whither modernism for domestic landscaping? After a golden age of simple, sophisticated design in the 60s and 70s, the commercial design industry is taking us in the direction of cheapness, ornateness, bad nostalgia and the whole philosophy that goes with it.

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Luis Barragán House

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

This is the Mexico City house and studio of Luis Barragán, considered by many to be the foremost Mexican architect of the 20th century. Built in 1948, the house was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004 and is now a museum. We weren’t allowed to take photographs, which is unfortunate because the photos provided by the museum’s website give an inadequate and even somewhat false impression of the house’s quite amazing interior.

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Converted church in Westport, MA

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Alyn Carlson has been fixing up this old Massachussetts church up for 28 years. That worries me for myself – is that how long it takes? Oh god, I hope not; I’m on Year 7. I love her place, though. I’d copy Alyn and hang the ribs of a boat in my place too, if the whole thing didn’t already look like an upside down boat.

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Deformscape

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Deformscape is by Faulders Studio, the San Francisco office of architect Thom Faulders. This post is for Paul, who misses posts with mathematical content, and @jennifergardy, who first pointed it out.

“Deformscape is an outdoor extension to a private dwelling in San Francisco.

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