This week on Episode 45 (wow) of WIRed, I talk about louvers, louvers, LOUVERS, a Confederate Army helicopter, the existence of the SEGA Pluto, and the world championship…of TELEVISION. Also, SWEEPING.
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Music: “Loping Sting,” “RetroFuture Nasty,” & “Chipper Doodle” from Kevin McLeod of www.incompetech.com (Royalty-Free Music)
Oh the hallway. The often short and narrow space that leads to and from one interior space of a house to another. Sometimes (more than not) , transitioning form one space to another doesn’t even need a hallway, just a wall with an opening. It’s almost sad to see the interior corridor in homes go the way of the do-do bird…yeah, I know I’m exaggerating. However, instead of multiple, smaller hallways in homes, how about having one hallway that connects EVERY room? Read the rest of this entry
This week on WIRed, how to turn a 747 into your new home, a rice cooker run on the Android OS, in e Sports Ground YOU ARE THE CONTROLLER, and Black History made by the WWF’s Soul Patrol. Also, Donald Trump must be some cartoon character…
Have you ever wondered what the afterlife of a Boeing 747 was like. Do they go to heaven and see the old-timey propeller planes from childhood pasts or are they harvested for parts for repairing or building news planes, a’la “The Circle of Life?” Well, in this case, a particular 747 has been re-purposed into a luxury home. Read the rest of this entry
This structure is the “Private House”, a project in Uster, Switzerland, and designed by Gramazio & Kohler. The house works as a reinterpretation of the typology of the neighboring gable-roof houses that is visually clear by its roof, which receives its design by adjusting form to context parametrically. The house’s plan itself is a solution to a couple of particular geometric operations based upon the site and natural environment.
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Famed architect Frank Gehry has completed his first home for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation. Located in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LA, this two-family home is a new addition in a neighborhood that encountered some of the worst damage in the aftermath of the flooding during Hurricane Katrina. The house also conforms to LEED Platinum Standards, which was due to the inclusion of weathering-resistant materials for the siding, an array of solar panels on the roof — along with the high-efficiency roofing– and many other eco-friendly products. What make this piece of news newsworthy to me is that this house doesn’t seem like something that was designed by Gehry, as the so-called “starchitect” is known for his structures deemed “outlandish,” “over-the-top,” “attention-seeking,” and typically void of representing local vernacular. [PICTURES TO BE ADDED LATER; WORDPRESS EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH DETAILED POST EDITING]
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Have you ever dreamed of having a house with a private pond? That way, when you felt like it, you could walk onto your patio, down toward the pond and just enjoy the nice, cool water. Sounds great, right? Well, allow me to proposition you with this: how about having your patio located directly OVER your private pond! Yup, you can go from living room, to patio, and as your look down….YOUR OWN POND!! Read the rest of this entry
In order to ensure that the residents of this house are physically healthy and fit as a fiddle, the 3 Way House, designed by Japanese design team NAF Architect & Design, includes a rock-climbing wall in it’s courtyard that can be utilized to access its floors and rooftop patio.
Now, I know that I may cause some sort of crap-storm for saying — or writing….or typing — this, but to anyone who studied and/or attended lectures about architecture may recall some stories concerning Frank Lloyd Wright’s well-documented reputation for having an ego, sometimes being a jerk; but hey, nobody’s perfect. However, despite that, this project shows that he did have a soft spot for children who were fans of his work (or the better to stroke his ego with…..yeah, nevermind).
Continuing with the celebration of Black History Month, I want to introduce architect Paul Revere Williams, FAIA. Mr. Williams was a Los Angeles-based architect, and a Fellow Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); in fact, he became the first African-American member of the AIA in 1923, and the first African-American voted Fellow in 1957. He practiced largely in Southern California, and designed many public and private buildings, as well as the homes of numerous Hollywood star, ranging from Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz, and Lon Chaney.
“Lord of the Rings” fan Simon Dale was tired and uninterested in the typical, cookie-cutter suburban homes (or, in his words, “mass produced box design” homes). Dale, who is neither an architect nor contractor, moved his family to a Welsh countryside and designed and built a house in the fashion of “The Hobbit” of his beloved series. Read the rest of this entry
This is the Mimahouse, a pre-fabricated house that can be easily customized by the homeowner. They are made in Portugal, and range at a price the is approximately similar to the Family Car. Judging by how they look (both interior and exterior) I wouldn’t mind my first house being one of these house — now, I just got to get one of these shipped over to the US….*man, shipping costs/fees are gonna kill me…..*
|“The result is the literal construction of a use diagram. In this instance, form does not follow function, but is instead function itself. Cyclical movement, routine and surprise turn into a way of living.”