The Cube House by AR Architects is a great exercise in restraint and need. The long concrete bench that runs the length of the house and then continues into the exterior courtyard is my favorite part of this clever house. The way the home opens to the exterior makes this smaller house bigger, expanding its living space. I would probably have to throw down a few rugs as there are plenty of hard surfaces in this home but I guess that is a matter of preference.
Bodron + Fruit has done some amazing renovations but this Edward Larrabee Barnes home stood out to me. The first picture almost looks like a painting or illustration because of the color blocking and minimalist approach to the house. The interiors are pretty outstanding with some beautiful key pieces. You know that Finn Juhl Egyptian chair dinning set made me green with envy. The lower level is immensely open giving the owners enough space do display their collections. More about Edward Larrabee Barnes
What can you buy for 5.4 Million? How about Richard Neutra’s Pitcairn House. This might be old news but I recently came across the listing and saw my dream house. For me, and most MCM fans, Neutra’s work is the pinnacle of mid century residential architecture. Most MCM houses that are amazing or pedigreed still have one room or element that makes me say in my mind “I would have to change that”. Not the case here, I could move right in and take this home to my grave, so much amazingness. I will save you all of the details as you can read it in the listing.
I love to see architecture in different countries and this interview with Gwen & Gawie Fagan, an architect in South Africa is great. I hope some day I will be able to design my own house and grow old in it. Freunde von Freunden always has some of the best interviews of creative people from around the world. Make sure to click over and read the interview.
This Asian modern inspired home built in 2004 and designed by Frances Forward is a place I need to live in. Located in the historic city of Winchester, it is 4,000 sq ft of internal space, arranged over three floors. The openness of the main level is quite breath taking. The colors of black, gray, white and stainless moves this home to have a more contemporary feel. The beam construction reminds me of an Asian inspired structure and I could be totally wrong.
I think I have died and gone to heaven. This concrete home by Correia Ragazzi is a dream get away or house which ever it may work for its owners. The setting is amazing but what the architecture of the house does, it capitalizes on those amazing views. The cantilevered house extends the person even further into its surrounds making the experience that much greater. The walls of sliding glass glass give the viewer a safe place to lounge and observe. I do like the concrete construction, almost a simplified brutalist approach?