Posts Tagged ‘modern’

The Brick House

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Often the “before” shot is better than the “after,” but not here. Above is a nice use of nearly black paint on an old plaster wall in this Hemet, California midcentury cinderblock house. Via the blog The Brick House. Read the entertaining FAQ, in which the homeowners talk about buying nothing for more than $100 (except the house of course).

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Dieter Rams, brilliant designer, brilliant accent

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Via Williamson.

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House with gongs

Friday, April 9th, 2010

How did the decision to hang the gongs in the window come about? “Without eyes, our house is just a faceless shed?” Cool 70s modern house near the river, North Vancouver.

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A-frame Maritime Museum by CBK Van Norman

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I’ve always loved this building. It’s part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and was built in 1966 to house the icebreaker St. Roch. You can just see the top of the mast through the upper window. Unfortunately the ship now requires better climate control for its conservation, and the whole museum may be moved to a new museum in North Vancouver.

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Modernist apartment building #2

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

This is part 2 in a series. It’s Lost Lagoon Terrace at 845 Chilco in Vancouver, built in 1972, another example of 1960s/70s modernist apartment architecture. The undulating patterned concrete tile extends the whole way up the front face. Whatever happened to patterned concrete, and why are the 1970s the most reviled of all decades, when the 1980s are so much more deserving of dislike?

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Modernist apartment building #1

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

This series is about a style of architecture that repelled me when I was growing up but that I now find strangely attractive. These examples of brutalist modernism are all from Vancouver, but there are equivalents all over North America. The brutalist hand-etched steel front door of this building is a classic in this style.

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