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Divide and Conquer…

…sometimes the solution is to add walls.

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Aug 29, 2015


…who could help but take notice of the striking view offered by Bahia Azul House, Chile?  Far from a mere window…the perspective of Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido

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Aug 25, 2015

Time Out…

…let’s hop over to Fire Island, NY, where an ordinary 1960’s a-frame has been renovated by Bromley Caldari Architects. The A-Frame Rethink has been transformed from underwhelming and decrepit to a “cathedral that is light-filled with the color of sky and water, complex but simple, where the pieces lock into place like a Rubik’s cube.”










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Aug 15, 2015

Wide Open…

…largest glass pivoting doors in the world: Jansen VISS façade swing-door system.

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Aug 12, 2015

Make a Pilgrimage…

…long live art and design!

Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah/Robert Smithson

Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah/Robert Smithson

Serpentine Pavillion, London, UK/Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Pavillion, London, UK/Serpentine Galleries

Levitated Mass, LA County Museum  of Art, Los Angeles/Michel Heizer

Levitated Mass, LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles/Michael Heizer

Salvation Mountain, Niland, CA/Leonard Knight

Salvation Mountain, Niland, CA/Leonard Knight

The Illumination, Houghton Hall, Norfolk, UK/James Terrell

The Illumination, Houghton Hall, Norfolk, UK/James Terrell

Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

Cosmo, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY/Andres Jaque via

Cosmo, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY/Andres Jaque

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Aug 11, 2015

Does It Float?…

…yes, it does!

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Aug 10, 2015

Checking In at the Office…

…and it is a pleasure to do so, indeed.   Vladimir Radutny Architects was asked to renovate the office for Ranquist Development Group in Chicago.  And the result?  A winning and raw space, boasting industrial details and a glass-walled garage to showcase the owner’s limited edition Porsche…sweet!





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Jul 18, 2015

Museum Monday…

A spate of major new museum openings boasting top notch architecture and serious modern and contemporary art exhibitions make this summer’s cultural landscape one worth traveling for.

Fondazione Prada Milan

Fondazione Prada Milan/OMA

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Bois de Boulogne/Frank Gehry

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC’s Meatpacking District/Renzo Piano

Kunsthaus Dahlem

Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin/Petra and Paul Kahlfeldt

The Broad

The Broad, Los Angeles/Diller Scofidio + Renfro via

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Jul 13, 2015

Breath of Fresh Air…

…during a long Chicago winter, it can seem as if the four walls of your home are closing in on you.  No chance of this happening near Stockholm, Sweden, where Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor designed Six Walls House.  The architects gave the homeowner two extra walls plus floor to ceiling windows, which allow an abundance of light even on the gloomiest of days.  The home’s location gives generous views of the sea and surrounding nature…giving a feeling of serenity…a breath of fresh air…

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the design favors minimal embellishment and simple geometry…

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the living space is all about calmness and privacy…

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a soft and gauzy white…

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…creates a heavenly retreat. via



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Jun 7, 2015

The End…

the be-all and end-all…tastefully designed master bath, 25th Street Residence, by Geremia Designs.

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Jun 4, 2015

Made to Be Moved…

…I like the idea of moving walls in a space…but transporting an entire building is truly the height of flexibility in the choice of preferred location.

Made to be Moved is a minimalist building located in Nordhavnen, Denmark, designed by Arcgency. Worn-out shipping containers are stacked three stories high on a series of minimal site impact pillars. The container is a super optimized product, refined to be cost-effective, strong and durable. It fits international transportations standards and can be shipped and set up anywhere, enabling the architects to practice direct reuse. If a new building component with the same specifications were to be designed, it would be both expensive and time consuming.








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May 31, 2015


…designed as a living organism in constant interaction with its environment…Butterfly House by Hong Kong based design team, Davidclovers.  The guest house is conceived as a preternatural, brilliantly colored form that oscillates between sheer camouflage and sparkling beacon with the northeastern Pennsylvanian woods.


Reflective polychromatic recycled stainless steel clads the exterior…


the roof bows upwards and towards the north, embodying the butterfly’s flapping motion….poetic…


the interior is equally alive…

I belong in the guest house…and I’ll be staying all summer, thank you.



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May 13, 2015

Boreal Halo…

…The Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, located in Bucharest, Romania, is the temporary home of the Boreal Halo by French artist Vincent Leroy. Inside the Grand Palace, the Boreal Halo casts a mesmerizing, hypnotic trance over the room. The mass of the object creates an interesting contrast to the stark solidity of the marble floors, striking a tense balance that gives the structure a sense of lightness.


The halo makes visitors aware of the space they occupy…


the installation levitates above the marble floor…


the ring is in contrast with the fine appointments of the museum room, but remains harmonious in the space…

…as the halo moves, visitors will find themselves inside its space. via

…as the hypnotic halo rotates, visitors will find themselves inside and then outside its space.  Lovely…


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May 11, 2015

Moving Mountains…

…The idea of moving walls in a dwelling or work place is a practical use of space.  Rearranging our environment as we see fit is equivalent to moving mountains.  Wall Cloud was devised by Sasaki Architecture for a former waterfront warehouse in the Minato district of Tokyo that operated as a popular disco called Juliana’s Tokyo in the early 1990s. “The attic part of the former discotheque on the second floor remained untouched for a long time, since it had a low ceiling height, causing an oppressive feeling in the space,” said the architects. To increase the ceiling height, the designers removed the existing false ceiling and added sections of wall under the beams to segment the space into individual offices.



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Apr 28, 2015

Sunday Reflection…

I have been away for a bit and it feels great to be back.  I want to share this Tribeca penthouse apartment in the Greenwich Hotel.  A perfect spot for Sunday reflection…the genius of Tatsuro Miki, architect and Axel Vervoordt, interior designer.  For more views of this wabi sabi style 630 square meters apartment, visit cabbagerose tumblr.


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Mar 29, 2015


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