Displaying posts labeled "Wood"

The boathouse

Posted on Tue, 17 Jan 2012 by midcenturyjo

Perched upon the shoreline, its face turned modestly to the water this modern reinterpretation of a previous 19th century Norwegian boathouse no longer provides a home for a boat but instead is now a summer place. Honest, simple, referential, almost reverential and very clever. As the weather warms the boathouse lifts its walls to the sun. Beauty in building, beauty in place, beauty in purpose. The boathouse by TYIN tegnestue Architects.

Up in the hills

Posted on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 by midcenturyjo

A series of pavilions along the ridge of the hill. Walls that slide open to invite the outdoors in. Glass louvers provide for additional cross ventilation. Platforms respond to the changes in the site’s natural topography. And the pool? An inviting spot for escaping the hot Australian summers. Bowen Mountain Residence by CplusC. A weekender that takes it to the next level.

If you go down to the woods today …

Posted on Tue, 20 Dec 2011 by midcenturyjo

… you’re in for a big surprise. Sometimes mother nature wraps you up in her beauty and takes your breath away. Sometimes architects get this. Sometimes they wrap you up in the beauty they create,  in buildings that address the wonder of the site in which they are placed. I think I am in love with this Dutchess County, New York guesthouse by Allied Works Architecture. Located in a mature deciduous forest of oak, hickory, and birch.  A continuous structural steel frame blurs the boundary between forest and house. It seems to meander, to wind in and out capturing views of the changing seasons.


Paul Brissman

Posted on Fri, 16 Dec 2011 by KiM

Before a weekend of holiday parties, almost last minute shopping, and other seasonal chaos (or in my case studying), I thought I’d provide you with a little visual respite via some gorgeous photography by Swedish (but now based in NY) photographer Paul Brissman.





Light and shadow

Posted on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 by midcenturyjo

Photographer Simon Whitbread generously sent over his latest photo shoot. (See me posts on Simon here and here.) A small 2 bedroom house on Sydney’s Northern Beaches sits snugly on a tight block but screens and walls, awnings and orientation provide privacy, shade and cross ventilation. More importantly this Curl-Curl home by Clifton Cole of CplusC Architectural Workshop uses light and shadow to help define spaces, to bring the outside in and to make a small home seem larger. I love the way that Simon’s photography plays with light and shadows to emphasis this design feature. He seems to “get” a building and plays on this in his work. Simon you weren’t an architect in a previous life?