Scrapbook 10

May 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well, knock on wood but the weather is officially warmer outside than inside and it that could mean one of two things: spring -or- the earth has fallen deeper into the sun’s gravity well and we’re about to burn up in a cataclysmic disaster.

In either case, time to enjoy a nice, refreshingly cool beverage and frolic in a pool at our leisure.

As always with the scrapbooks, it’s drawn from my central library of inspiring images and unfortunately a few are missing sources. Send me a message if you know and I’ll happily update.

1: Pool house by Hariri and Hariri

02: How could I not remember the name of this one? It’s was everywhere for a few months.

03: The Pharrell Williams’ pool

04: Some Tumblr, based on the file name. Sorry!

05: Mosman house by Popov Bass Architects

Scrapbook 09

April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I apologize for the lack of sources in this post; it’s mostly old stuff which was before I started recording where I got things from. If you know the source / are the source please let me know so I can credit you!

The last one is part of a book containing a fictional land’s tourist information and has delightful maps and spot-on typography by Scott Hansen‘s new intern Jon Wong.

In other news, I beat Portal 2 in almost one sitting; about six hours. This marks the record for longest time ever playing one game continuously and also buying and beating a game in less than 24 hours from it’s release date. I don’t even buy games until they’re in the clearout bin usually (some of the best games I’ve ever bought were $10) so actually, this also marks my first pre-ordered game.

I won’t give away the ending, but overall I declare it a worthy sequel. This is great news because I was really worried that the first’s cult-hit status would be hard to compete with. The only thing that wasn’t as good as the first was the credit song, which, to be fair, would a really, really hard act to follow. The co-op is really cool too, having four portals to work with makes it both much easier and much harder. The puzzles would become crazy, but I could see potential for third and fourth players in there.

Frank Gehry is still a menace

April 1, 2011 § 3 Comments

Look into those eyes of evil. Cold, calculated evil…

Most (architecturally nerdy) people know the name Frank Gehry. Sure, he’s the guy who crumples up paper as his inspiration and then sets his team of actual architects to try and figure out how to build it 1000:1 scale.

Notably, the buildings both leak on the inside and start fires on the outside because those shiny curves tend to focus the sun’s vast energy into small points across the street like ants under a magnifying glass. Greeeeeat.

I suspect he’s secretly an evil genius under the guise of architect so he can continue to build giant building /people burning sun-powered lasers without the authorities suspecting anything. “No officer, I had no idea several of my buildings start fires and of course I didn’t notice the first time(s) otherwise the next few wouldn’t feature the same geometry of death.” as he walks away with that little smirk of cunning that all the villains do in the movies. I mean, it’s hard to deny since his own house is equipped with a similar sun-focusing death beam just in case someone caught wind of his secret identity.

Moral of the story: just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you’re good at what you do. Also, maybe learn from the first time(s) one of your buildings does it and don’t do it again. I mean, really. Not too hard.

Moral of the story for whoever the heck gave him a Pritzker: Don’t award stupidity.

Via Inhabitat who I also want to applaud for the hilarious photoshop building laser photos.

Scrapbook 07

March 18, 2011 § 2 Comments


I can’t figure out if those two are the same room. They look remarkably similar, yet different in the details. Unfortunately I’ve long since forgotten the sources (if you know please, let me credit!) so I can’t check the house / architect names. From the photos above I’ve deduced this list:

What I need to be happy:

  • Sunlight
  • Library
  • Eames Lounge
  • Spiral Staircases
  • Wood flooring with concrete and glass
  • Time to enjoy it all.
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More Cantilever-y Goodness

March 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

I’m not a huge fan of the interior. I love concrete, it’s true. But it needs more contrast with something; an interior wood or some softer surface would break it up better.

Check it out via Cuded

And maybe some trees would be nice…

Scrapbook 06

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

Photo by James F. Housel and Nic Lehoux

Photo by Lara Swimmer & Yoram Bernet

Photo by Marty Peters

Photo by Art Grice

Lazy on my part, I know: all via Abduzeedo by architect Miller Hull.

I’m a sucker for anything wood, concrete and glass.

A Most Beautiful Bench

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Elegant & practical.

Sorry about the picture quality on that last one…

Take a look at all the shots here.

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