Thursday, February 28, 2013
Van der Valk Hotel The Judgment House in exotic Roermond, Netherlands, is an 1891 jailhouse converted into a hotel. Wish we could do that in U.S. But can't because we have the world's largest number of prisoners.
Via inhabitat > http://www.hetarresthuis.nl/nl/home
My new essay on Artsjournal.com --- "Roomers: Micro-Housing in the Big Apple." Could you live in 300 square feet? It's likely your children will have to.
On artsjournal.com: http://tinyurl.com/ak84t6e
Providence RI Arcade (1828), first U.S. indoor shopping mall, will now sport micro-apartments. Will mega-malls and Tanger outlets follow suit? Some already have hotel rooms for exhausted shoppers.
Details at inhabitat> http://tinyurl.com/alyswm9
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Swedish Slumming--- you can book different outdoor sites at "the homeless hotel" website and experience homelessness for yourself. Money goes to charity. I don't know what to make of this. Is it condescending?
Story & px at designboom> http://tinyurl.com/amozax7
Russian Opera House Uproar! Dominique Perrault plan rejected --- cost overruns, did not conform to building codes, sour cream soil. Public demand demolition of Diamond Schmitt substitute as too ugly. Perrault is at top. Diamond below.
Via ajarts> http://tinyurl.com/bakvrrt
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Not a Japanese neo-modern; too big! Instead it's Farkas Molnar's 1932 Bauhaus villa in Budapest for sale or rent.
From Barbara Armstrong (Facebook) to details/realtor>http://tinyurl.com/c9scjgr
Friday, February 22, 2013
Tree House? Fujimoto in the news because of Serpentine Pavilion commission. His "House NA" gives a new meaning to the term "tree house"...
Pix, txt, floorplans via dezeen> http://tinyurl.com/cgzgox5
Sou Fujimoto will design Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London. Check out slide show of his past projects. Pix here is of "Final Wooden House."
Slideshow at dezeen> http://tinyurl.com/aplcymw
Neo-modern in Nantes, France. Artopia does not use the term minimal for neo-modern architecture. Ever. Besides, what is so minimal about this top-heavy delight?
Via liebal> http://tinyurl.com/an8nxtu
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Mickey Muenny's 1976 "Greenhouse" house, Big Sur. Some day soon the history of architecture will be re-written.
More pix at inhabitat> http://tinyurl.com/altzkeb
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Searching for a studio, I came across "The Long Studio" --- zero carbon, solar-powered, in rural England. Too far from home, and not for rent. Otherwise quite inspiring, right?
More details at inhabitat> http://tinyurl.com/bcqaz68
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Checking out bunk beds for my imaginary ski lodge led me to an old favorite: a portable "bach" (beach house) on sled-like runners in an erosion zone of New Zealand where all houses are required to be mobile. Shouldn't we do that on the Jersey Shore, on Mastic Beach in L.I. and other dangerous places?
Bunkbeds via remodelista: http://tinyurl.com/aexxpyp
Beach cabin>remodelista: http://tinyurl.com/afsboro
French bee-pavilion, where the six-footed and the two-footed meet. Do you need to wear bee-keeper protective clothing to sit inside to listen to the soothing hum?
Via designboom> http://tinyurl.com/b2rxqct
Winter special. Swiss alpine retreat for rent. Had to pass this one up because of my Aspen rental. If only... I don't ski. I just like the retreats.
More pix via remodelista> http://tinyurl.com/ctmswhv
Japanese "Garden and House" for two writers is only 13 feet wide. Did I convert from meters correctly? A garden is the facade and a garden drops through it.
Txt & pix at dezeen> http://tinyurl.com/a58xj7q
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Need a nap? Russian mobile hotel-room called "Sleep Box" could be used in any indoor space. By the hour? Credit card access?
Story & pix at designboom> http://tinyurl.com/csa7wyh