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Wednesday
Nov162016

Kitchen envy

Why am I so attracted to old fashioned English kitchens? No bells, no whistles, appropriate to the age of the building and beautiful. I'm sure someone will ask where is the fridge and the oven and what about more storage. Perhaps they are on the other side of the room out of camera shot, perhaps not. Perhaps I'm just in love with the romance of these types of kitchens and am ignoring the practicality of everyday life with a family to feed but I don't seem to need a steam oven and a dishwasher, a cappuccino machine or a freezer drawer and drawers and drawers of gadgets. Kitchen in a Grade 1 listed almshouse in Whitechapel by Chris Dyson Architects.

Photography by Alex Jones.

Thursday
Nov102016

Fence House by mode:lina

More architecture I can get behind. Quite a bit different in methods than my last post, here it is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional style in Poznań, Poland by architecture firm mode:lina. Form of this house: two blocks with a sloping roof and an asymmetric garage cube. It is complemented with simple, raw materials: bricks, concrete and sheet in shades of gray. The street facade has the least windows, protecting the inhabitants from the noise and gives them peace. In addition, various kinds of fences give them the sense of security. That’s where the house got the name from: the Fence House. The shape of this building was dictated by its function. Household members, parents and two children, wanted to live independently. Hence the idea of dividing it into two parts. Separate area on the first foor allows adults to enjoy tranquility while kids can go crazy in their "own house". Ground floor is a common part for all inhabitants. There's the unique kitchen extended into the garden and a large living room with mezzanine, reaching the attic. An unusual feature is the window in the hallway, which exhibits the owner's unique car (my car buff husband says it's a Lotus/Caterham 7) inside a graphite garage cube. 

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Thursday
Nov102016

Hackett Holland and responsive architecture

I absolutely adore these spaces, and love the philosophy of architecture firm Hacket Holland (based in Notting Hill, London). Our approach is not dogmatic but responsive. We hope our buildings have 'good manners' in relation to their neighbours and natural setting. We reject the fashionable late 20th Century notion of Architecture as 'objects in space'. We believe that in the future successful Architecture will be defined as that which responds to its immediate surroundings and to the wider environment in a meaningful way. Our aim is to create forms and spaces that are beautifully proportioned, considered, responsive, functional, practical and formed using good quality sustainable materials. We believe that this approach is truly modern – in the best sense – and that as the absolute necessity for sustainability becomes recognised on a global level, so 'industrial' modernism and current vacuous architectural fashions will become redundant.

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Thursday
Nov102016

In the dunes

It must be the scorching hot days that are plaguing my part of the world that has me obsessing over beach houses. Normally I'd be happy with a simple shack with a view and a breeze. That is until I see something just a bit more special.

On a rolling site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this beach house brings together two contrasting ideas – nineteenth century Shingle Style design, and a contemporary preference for material and textural expression over architectural detail. While the exterior captures the local design aesthetic, the interior treats light, space and surface in a distinctly modern fashion.

Compound in the Dunes by Ike Kligerman Barkley.

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Tuesday
Nov082016

Brazilian jungle

Sorry that should read "apartment" not "jungle". What is it about Brazilian design that brings a smile to my face? The honesty, the simplicity, the sense of everyday style, the joy? I think I would feel right at home here and the abundance of indoor plants is only just a part of the reason. Love the deconstruction, the mix of iconic design pieces and the found, the wonderful light. Apartment renovation in São Paulo by RSRG Arquitetos.

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