Sunday, November 7, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
When I was a child I loved spending time in libraries...the smell of old novels and dim lighting all made for a very cozy setting in which to get lost in a fantasy world of books. Now I rarely seem to go but there is a special place in my heart for gorgeously designed libraries, the older the better. I read that they recently reopened the McKim building at the Morgan library in New York, which the Times strangely describes as Beaux Arts - Zen. There are two interesting articles on the architect here and here..
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
"i think it's the part that's off that's interesting. even if i spend a lot of time going over the line and trying to make it straight i'll never be able to make it straight. and from a distance it might look straight but when you get close up you can always see the line waver. and i think that's where the beauty is."
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
oh yess...I have found my new dream store - rogues gallery in portland, maine. brick and wood beams, old nautical props, plaid, marlin deck boots. I mean, come on. I don't think i'll be in new england anytime soon but I love that this shop is there. A place like this wouldn't really feel right anywhere else.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
there is something about barry mcgee's work that always evokes some powerful emotion..it is always raw and thoughtful and original. his latest mural on houston st in nyc kind of blew me away, the simplicity of red tags (all shout outs to graffiti artists) against a white wall, is quite stunning.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
the home of adam wallacavage (via selby)
the home of shauna alterio and stephen loidolt
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Soccer City Stadium- Boogertman Urban Edge & Partners (via archtracker)
Beijing Olympic Stadium (Herzog & de Meuron)
Monday, June 21, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I have this thing for churches, chapels, temples..religious buildings of any kind. They are truly the only places where you can be alone and quiet. There is something so humbling and beautiful about feeling small in such a massive space. Growing up on the east coast coast you see so many old stone and brick churches and cathedrals that i tend to associate classical details with a feeling of spirituality.
However, I've seen so many architects as of late that have managed to make the most modern and minimal structures feel peaceful. here are some of my favorites 'old' and new...
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, Mogno Switzerland
St. Nicolas, Heremence Switzerland - Walter Maria Forderer
Notre Dame du Haut Ronchamp, France - Le Corbusier
St. Bartholomew's Church, Eastern Bohemia - Qubus Studio
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA - SOM
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain - Antonio Gaudi
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Go rent Visual Acoustics.
It's a documentary about Julius Schulman, an amazing photographer and key figure during one of my favorite architectural movements, California modernism. He brought to life the works of architects that were just starting to make a name for themselves at this time - Neutra, Schindler, Koenig, Eames. His photos of these iconic homes were some of the first images i had seen of this type of architecture, and were what turned me on to architecture in general.
Much like an architect, Schulman had a brilliant sense of composition, proportion and light that enhanced the architecture in his images by creating a mood. He captures a fantasy of a mythical los angeles and palm springs in the 50s and 60s, where the wild landscapes blend seamlessly with open architecture.
The film is incredibly interesting and Schulman is the cutest little old man who has some great stories about working with Neutra, Wright, etc. so just watch it already.
Chuey House, NeutraCase Study House 22, Koenig