Posts Tagged ‘traditional’

More Polish Modern

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

New house in an old neighbourhood of Wroclaw, Poland, in the NYT today. Spruce on the outside, particle board on the inside, and the whole thing cost US$80,000 to build. It will fade to grey. This seems equivalent to laneway housing in Vancouver – and memo to Vancouver: modern mixes well with traditional architecture.

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Wood and paper lamps from Japan

Friday, September 11th, 2009

“Our lighting is hand-built in Japan from natural materials, including the hand-made paper (washi) of Eriko Horiki, the bent Japanese cedar of Toshiyuki Tani’s Wappa series, the coiled beech wood of the Bunaco Lacquer Ware Company, and the todomatsu pine slats of Takumi Kohgei. The lights are designed by Japanese architects and artisans who strive to create distinctive contemporary designs utilizing traditional materials and production techniques…Typically these lights provide ambient rather than functional lighting, creating that special mood or atmosphere which is best achieved through the use of soft natural materials.”  Japanese lamps sold and distributed in North America by Vancouver company Kozai Designs.

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Charred Cedar House by Terunobu Fujimori

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

This house is called the Yakisugi or “charred cedar” house. Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori is using a traditional Japanese technique of charring as a way to finish and preserve wood. See another charcoal house by Fujimori here. Fujimori’s buildings often use traditional materials in almost fantastical, quasi-folkloric ways. This house was built to resemble, at least in its interior, a cave dwelling found near Lascaux in France. 

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The Spanish town of Setenil, built under a rock overhang

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

This is a PS to the earlier Living with boulders post. Thanks to David W. for telling me about this town. It’s the Spanish town of Setenil, or Setenil de las Bodegas, and many of its original houses are built into natural caves under a rock overhang.

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Traditional Japanese farmhouses: wood and straw

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Thanks to photographers Molly Des Jardin (cat slide), Ethan and Kohmura Masao (Fomal Haut) for these photos of rural Japanese houses. So few materials, so harmoniously put together. Many of the photos are from an open air museum in Japan, where traditional houses from different regions have been transported and reconstructed.

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Kurdish felt coat

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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