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Base Valley House

Indigenous is not a term that is usually used in the context of architecture, but in the case of Sambuichi Architects I don’t really feel like there is another singular word that could be used to describe there work. Using native materials like crushed stone, Japanese cypress and extensive site research Sambuichi is able to create designs that are one with their location and environment. Base Valley House pictured here is a breath taking design, and you can very easily see these techniques in practice. In a few of the photos you cannot tell if the space is inside or out or merely protected outdoor space. The flow of light and in air between the house and the surrounding environment seems perfect.


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House in Paderne

Building simple modern dwellings atop ruins or existing foundations has always intrigued me and creates an amazing aesthetic, and juxtaposition. This example in Paderne Portugal, designed by Spanish architect Carlos Quintáns Eiras is amazing. The views out of the wide glass windows and it’s siting perched at the crest of a hill are so perfect.


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The Five Vignelli-isms

Using some pinnacle quotes that have become almost dogmatic to the design world Michael Beirut created these program designs for a Gala and award presentation at the Architecture League on March 8th. Massimo and his wife Lella were awarded the President’s Medal(past recipients of which include John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Hugh Ferriss, Joseph Urban, Richard Meier, Robert A.M. Stern, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown) from the AL “in recognition of a body of work so influential in its breadth that it has shaped the very way we see the world.” And in some ways how we experience and interact with the world, the prime example being Vignelli’s work for the New York Transit system.

One life is too short for doing everything.

We like design to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless.

If you can design one thing, you can design everything.

If you do it right, it will last forever.

The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.

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Horizontal House

Eastern Design Office designed this super unique house design that reminds me of futuristic interpretations of trains and transportation from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Called Horizontal House. The layout creates one of the most interesting architectural details I have seen in quite a while. Where the two main sections of the house meet there is a rounded corner with a curved pane of glass that matches the shape of the corner. When you stand facing the corner you get this surreal vantage point. You can see the entire courtyard and down both hallways within the house simultaneously.


Haus K

Haus K is a nice simple design by Yes Architecture, many of the aesthetic cues are taken from local architecture so the house could harmonize with it’s surroundings. The brick structure they built on top of was originally a wine cellar and one room wine press, and instead of demolishing the existing structure and building in it’s place the architects chose to use it’s existing brick layout as a foundation of sorts for the new house. I only wish there was some better information and more images of Haus K available.


Skilift Carmenna

I posted about Bearth & Deplazes previously here, and for the second time I have stumbled across their work and been completely enamored. They design these amazing solutions for extremely remote building sites and for structures that usually have little design. This project Skilift Carmenna they designed both integrates with the natural environment, in winter it is cover in snow and summer the roof is grass covered, but it also adds a level of visual interest to what is normally a bland utilitarian structure.

Due to the location of this project, the ski area is in Arosa, Switzerland the material choice had to be very specific. Everything needed to be light and easily transportable by helicopter. So they chose simple things like plastic and corrugated metal sheeting, wood. Despite this minimalist palette they were able to create astounding modern building that truly fit their purpose and surroundings. That to me is part of what defines architecture.


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Vogt Magglingen

This renovation, which is better described as a transformation, by Kistler Vogt Architects updates a classic farmhouse into a modern home that balances it’s history with new minimalist interiors. Often in architecture use of clashing materials or styles can create something completely new beautiful. Here the classic roof tiles are juxtaposed with the large glass expanses which break up the original exterior walls.



The Y-House is a nice little structure in Obama, Fukui, Japan with a modern exterior and some beautiful exposed post and beam construction on the inside. A playful contrast between dark rich materials on the outside and light colors and exposed wood inside makes for a cozy interior space. The residential designs by TOFU stand out to me as their most considered and resolved work.

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La Strada Identity

The La Strada identity by Transformer Studio was designed for a laid back cafe. Said to be a good place to take a break and enjoy a calm evening.

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Chicken Point Cabin

Between the magnificent window wall (30 feet by 20 feet), which opens to the water, and the utilitarian use of materials Chicken Point Cabin is a definite dream cabin. Amazingly enough the design for this cabin by Olson Kundig Architects can also accommodate ten people.

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Miner’s Refuge

Posting from the road. I am currently in San Salvador on a trip around central America, and I am attempting to continue posting along the way.

I wanted to share this awesome house called Miner’s Refuge designed by the talented folks over at Johnston Architects. The interesting use of aluminum siding here is highly impressive.

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Garden House

When one thinks of a place entitled Garden House, this definitely is not the type of building that would come to mind, or at least not for me. I love the application of post and beam construction to the more modern building, both in form and style. The architects behind this beautiful home are ARCHTEAM, studio based in the Czech Republic that designs very cool functional spaces.


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Oscar Niemeyer Re-envisioned

This beautiful loft originally anOscar Niemeyer design had fallen into disrepair and was found by Felipe Hess and Renata Pedrosa. Together they nursed this wonderful loft back to health. The guts were basically all that was salvageable, but since raw structural concrete work was a signature of Niemeyer, the guts were good. You can see and read more about this architectural revitalization here.

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Herman Miller Japan: Building Blocks

The guys at House Industries have done it again. Adding another fabulous piece to the collection of children’s block sets they have designed. This particular one was commissioned for Herman Miller Japan. The sets of 8 basswood blocks will only be available for purchase at the new Herman Miller showroom store in Tokyo. You can read more about this over at the House Industries’ Blog. For more information about the production check out the makers Uncle Goose and Advance Packaging both in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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St. Andrews Beach House

This beach house designed by Sean Godsell architects is a nice combination of certain aspects of the classic outback homestead with enhanced flow between spaces that creates a beautiful modern home both inside and out. The raised structure also creates a protected home space above the ground and allows for storage space and a covered area to park cars. The shutters made from oxidized steel grating make for a nice separation from both the elements and the outside world.


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Hook System: Jean Nouvel

The Hook wall system, designed by french architect Jean Nouvel, is a customizable storage and organization system that combines a perforated metal sheet with attachable modular pieces. The original inspiration is said to be computer punch cards and sheet music. This would solve my home office conundrum, too bad I can’t track down and dimensions or pricing information. Internet fail.

Jean Nouvel:

A metal architecture, like a quotation from Jean Prouvé’s work: rather than a wall this is a continuous building system that encloses joints into the metal folds. And its corrugated skin, regularly perforated and lacquered, turns into a wall. A wall to capture light and liven up the space around it.

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Massimo Vignelli: A Short Documentary

Whether you are like me, and feel that Massimo Vignelli has inspired and informed your view point and approach to design, or not this is a great little documentary. One great statement Vignelli makes, which I have never come across before, is that geometric shapes can last for centuries over ephemeral design, which is much more temporary.

Paul Rand Retrospective

As soon as I read the title of this video excitement and joy rushed through my body, and that feeling persisted through the entire four minutes of the video. Paul Rand has been highly inspirational to me and so many other designers of our moment. One of the best design thinking books I have read “Paul Rand: Conversations with Students” gave me a better understanding of how influential he was beyond his work. This short retrospective video not only displays a lot of his work, but also integrates some of his more profound design theories and practices.

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Bolle Bottles: by Tapio Wirkkala for Venini

I read an article in Dwell a few months ago about all the chemistry and work behind making these perfectly crafted Bolle Bottles, and it really made me happy to learn about the specificity and care with which many generations of craftsman can replicate the same amazing pieces.

Swiss Holiday House

I have been thinking a lot recently about potentially building a holiday getaway of my own up in the mountains, and this amazing specimen by AFGH architects truly gives me something to aspire to. Holiday House as it has been named so subtly engages the environment without sticking out. All the materials are so simple and perfectly chosen, and by all materials I am referring to the extensive list of wood, glass and metal.

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