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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.

Ambient Lighting

February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you don’t recognize the staircase above you need to watch more TED talks.

Just kidding, but you should at least recognize the name Christophe Moinat as that guy who designs thing almost exclusively by shapes found in nature.

In any event, designer aside, the above is entirely underground and is Christophe’s design studio which is pretty cool since as we know, designers never sleep. So, to have somewhere that is eternally lit as if it’s noon on a sunny day is actually a pretty handy thing to have around on those nights when inspiration floods you with adrenaline.

I’m not sure why we don’t do this more, actually, it seems like a great idea even in standard house design. Cities on the rainy coasts would probably cut down on depression if one used SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamps behind there for a good healthy sunlight wavelength dose.

Again, I can’t let the Tron exile house go unmentioned. I would love to have floor / ceiling panels that had a subtle diffused glow to them instead of defined lightbulbs in the middle of rooms, but maybe that’s just me.

Also again, I want that all white Eames Lounge / Barcelona Chair combination.


February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

We’re working on our cardboard chairs in design class and my group’s design came out to be rather origami stealth bomber chaise lounge which I definitely love.

It’s interesting, though, when you make something or come up with an idea and then come across other similar things in the wild; which are obviously entirely isolated cases of inspiration. Granted, it’s not terribly unique, there have been facet designs on furniture since ever probably, but it’s interesting to ask where inspiration comes from.

…and I’m super excited to show you our design and finished project, but I can’t until we actually make it and have the final judging day where we go up against the other groups. Suspense!

Tom Vaughan, the guy who did the chairs pictured above, also recently came out with this ribbon chair:

Which I’m not sure fits with my preferred furniture scheme, but is a fantastic piece of fabrication nonetheless! It’s just beautifully elegant, you know?

Eden Project

February 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

You’ve probably heard of or seen the Eden project in Cornwall, UK but I wanted to review it briefly from an architecture perspective.

First off, obviously, it’s a series of domes using mostly hexagonal faces (some pentagons are used, but it doesn’t make much difference) made of ethyl tetra fluoro ethylene (ETFE) foil which is to say in very layman’s terms heavy plastic. The coolest part (I think) is that they weigh less than 1% of glass in the exact same dimensions and have much better insulation properties (as air is a horrible heat conductor when isolated in cells). So, they let in the same amount of sunlight and weigh far less, this means the steel doesn’t need to support nearly as much and so the entire building becomes much lighter; Michael Pawlyn says “…structure is actually lighter than the air contained within the buildings themselves.”

Since they allow more natural light to come in, it also saves on heating in the winter (they should combine with the old passive house concrete slab methodology) which would be more energy efficient (perhaps only because these are greenhouses and sustain a tropical climate 24 / 7. Houses would need cooling in the summer, depending on where you live)

So, we have this fantastic solution to making super strong, super light buildings that lets in tons of sunlight (which is good for humans as much as plants), why don’t we make buildings out of them?

Domes, although awesome and futuristic are horrible for space issues. They’re great for virtually everything else (there are a few built in Florida that are naturally hurricane proof) but if they’re perfectly spherical then they are by definition half as tall as they are wide and in city building, that makes for a horrendously inefficient use of space compared to the cookie-cutter two story town houses that are put up by the hundred. To build a dome within the thin strip lots of today’s cities the dome would only be one story tall, in the middle, and shorter towards the sides. This isn’t ideal, of course.

Still, many futurists thought they were fabulous and from a purely aesthetic point of view I have to agree.

If you have a large plot of land I definitely recommend looking into the advantages of dome homes as compared to regular box houses; it’s a truly remarkable structural shape.

Scrapbook 04

February 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

I decided long ago I wanted to live in the middle of a forest.


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