Posts Tagged ‘wooden houses’

Handbuilt houses of the Pacific coast

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Sometimes after seeing too many chichi, precious, and citified houses, too much shiny, overproduced design, and everything just starts to look too estranged from the materials it was made from, as an antidote I go look at pictures of handbuilt houses. People can dismiss these as “hippie houses,” but the evident Japanese, Scandinavian and other architectural influences actually ally these buildings with the traditional rural house as well as with modernism.

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Terunobu Fujimori, Japanese architecture historian turned architect

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Terunobu Fujimori has been called the world’s only “surreal architect.” Obviously this is false, but there is a fantastical quality about his work that isn’t typical among architects, even when they’re trying for the new, strange or sci-fi. Fujimori is interesting because his fantasy has a down-to-earth, muted folktale-like quality without straying into gimmicks or kitsch.

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Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

This is one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. It is the “Final Wooden House” by Sou Fujimoto, 2008, in Kamamura village in the south of Kyushu. It has just won Best Private Home award in the Wallpaper Design Awards 2009 and is probably on every design blog this week. More photos below, from Flickr, DesignBoom and ArchDaily.

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