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Tuesday
Feb232016

Matt Garcia Design - Llano Exit Strategy

As part of the "Tiny House Movement", the Llano Exit Strategy was created. As the story in a nutshell goes, Matt Garcia and some friends wanted to figure out how to acquire themselves a getaway within 90 minutes of Austin, TX. It would need to have a hangout for all of them plus separate sleeping quarters with private bathrooms. When they purchased some land in 2011, Mat Garcia came up with 400 sq ft eco-friendly cabins and a 1500 sq ft commons building (housing Bosch appliances, Wolf stove, and a huge wooden table from Restoration Hardware). What a sweet idea! And you can even rent it from them on Airbnb. (Photos: Bill Sallans)

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Friday
Feb192016

More from MEME

It seems this week that Kim and I have been travelling the same design path. Our focus has been on fabulous Australian design. This East St Kilda House by Melbourne-based interior design and architectural practice MEME is yet another stellar example. Clean, modern lines with a palette of whites and greys warmed by wood. The recurring arch motive references the building's original Spanish Mission style with new windows and doors in black steel adding another layer to the link. Tactile, robust but strikingly contemporary.

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Thursday
Feb182016

Concrete House

The Concrete House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design is a stunning modern masterpiece that may be made of concrete but is far from cold and harsh (the cozy furnishings sure do help). Composed of 2 longitudinal zones located to north & south of an east west spine - living spaces to the north and sleeping/utility spaces to the south, Concrete House utilises vertical connections and void spaces to provide strong visual connections between levels. Formally simple, lofty and airy, the main spaces are reminiscent of mid century modernist material and compositional qualities (particularly Brazilian modernism). The client, a builder and specialist in masonry was keen to utilise a concrete and stone palette externally. These materials along with a generous utilisation of naturally finished timber became the determining elements of both the houses’ architecture and interior. These provide a series of haptic textures that effect a powerful contrast against the smooth and more polished nature of glass and steel. Photos: Derek Swalwell

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Thursday
Feb182016

Loft and light

No it's not déjà vu. I'm not reposting. Look up. Perched atop the Stout & Co. Amsterdam building is an expansive black box. Standing on the street craning your neck you'll notice large walls of windows and what appears to be a tree growing on the rooftop garden. A passerby would be forgiven for stopping and pondering what exactly is up there. We know. By Puur Plus Ontwerpers.

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Thursday
Feb182016

Stout & Co

Hotel style and the warmth and welcome of a small inn. High end Bed & Breakfast? You bet. Love the look. Love the small luxuries. It's Stout & Co. Amsterdam built on the foundation of a former brewery with design by Puur Plus Ontwerpers. Virtual getaway anyone?

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