Sunday, November 10, 2013

architecture and light

where light and architecture are integrated

muce,  marseille by rudy ricciotti

i am a huge fan

my other favorite

peter zumthor
L23 house, portugal by pitagoras arquitectos

cinema center, matadero de legazpi, madrid, by ch+qs arquitectos
these spaces always seem to engulf and capture

Sunday, October 27, 2013

old and new:building conversions

these are usually my favorite buildings because there is almost always an element of surprise

inspired this week by archilovers
historical reference buildings

huge skylight church by ferran vizoso

tarragona spain

ptuj performance center by enota, ptuj slovenia
maja restaurant, mexico city

espacio del tumulo by toni girones, llieda, spain

plaza mayor by martin bilbao and others, almazan, spain

factory jaffa house by pitsou kedem architects, tel aviv, israel

solar s rogue gallery by manuel maya gomes, portugal

hangar 16 by inaqui carnicero architects, madrid, spain
love these spanish arquitects

Saturday, October 5, 2013

designer and shelter product websites:which do you visit?

i would love to get your feedback on the shelter/design sites you visit
to get ideas
to find product
to find a designer


do you look for product here?
do you buy product here?
do you use and save to idea books?
do you look for pros on this site?
do you read the reviews?

Please see my houzz profile, and tell me if you have any ideas about how to improve it


do you look for product here?
do you find the prices intimidating?
do you get ideas from the designers?
do you ever write or contact them for information on an item you have seen?

Please see my dering hall profile, and make any comments

New Site not yet live
what i like about this site is that designers give you looks with ideas, inspiration and product and
anyone can purchase these products directly from this site, so sign up and be notified as soon it opens!

Please see my decortiva profile

new shelter site, do you know it? have you purchased anything on its shop pages?
my entertainment feature

do you shop the sales? or the tastemaker tag sales? or both?

have you purchased on this site?

any sites you like and use that i did not mention?
please share with me

Sunday, August 11, 2013

peter zumthor one of my favorite living architects

don't miss the exhibit about peter zumthor at lacma
which i will try to see again before it ends on september 15

and view his design for their new building
and the largest structure in central la

see his fascinating film of some of his other buildings
i have admired and blogged about him before
but when i saw the film of his works and got a more in depth view of his conceptual thinking and his execution and acuity of light and materials-it's a must see!

take the bruder klaus field chapel for example
"a mystical and thought-proving interior is masked by a very rigid rectangular exterior" by samuel ludwig

floor is molten lead
 "Arguably the most interesting aspects of the church are found in the methods of construction, beginning with a wigwam made of 112 tree trunks. Upon completion of the frame, layers of concrete were poured and rammed atop the existing surface, each around 50cm thick. When the concrete of all 24 layers had set, the wooden frame was set on fire, leaving behind a hollowed blackened cavity and charred walls."

Thermal Bath Vals, Graub√ľnden, Switzerland, 1996 

he was trained as a cabinet maker and that evidence is clearly noted in his work

swiss pavillion expo
all lumber was erected temporarily and recycled later for other use

a building i most want to see
kolomba museum cologne
"Part of the success in this fusion lies in the simplicity of form, color and material that embed these Gothic-style fragments' from architecturalmoleskine