Thursday, February 23, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
What do you think of this tiny house by Sou Fujimoto? Okay, it doesn't look very comfortable, but it's only a proof-of-concept structure, not a finished house, and it certainly makes its point.
Geez, if the world is going to contain many houses like this then we better start planting trees on a massive scale.
Fujimoto loves wood and who can blame him? it's a beautiful material that's easily worked.
Enough talk about wood! Let's talk about bricks!
There's some terrific brick ideas out there, like this one (above) by Ninbo, but they're not mass market yet. You have to special order them, or make your own designs at home.
Maybe the reason the new styles haven't caught on yet is that so many are not load bearing. Not only that, but they're porous...they let in too much cold air to be practical in a house.
BTW, What do you think of the color of these bricks?
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 4:28 PM
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Boy, the 50s was a great time for architecture.
I suspect though, that few thoroughly modern houses were built in that period. Most were hybrids.
There was a transition period where modern design was simply incorporated into traditional houses. That's okay. It was a great combination.
Well, there's lots more to say about this but I'll save that for another post. Geez, I hope all these architectural posts won't scare away all my cartoonist readers. I'm moving and will almost certainly have to remodel a bit. For someone like that thoughts about architecture are inevitable.
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 3:49 PM
Friday, February 17, 2017
It occurred to me that maybe I should minimize what's framed on the wall and let the architecture speak for itself. Maybe I should aim for a just a handful of emotionally neutral pictures that recede into the background. Something soothing and relaxing. Some subject like.... fishing.
Who'd have thunk? It's odd because the fish most Sunday fisherman catch are tiny things no bigger than your hand.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Let's face it. A lot of his chairs don't look very comfortable.
For a time Wright fell in love with plywood and used it to make visible walls even in his upscale houses, something few modern architects would do.
A more serious problem is his lack of interest in bedrooms and kitchens.
Here's (above) a Wright bedroom. It's a living room with a bed in it. Taken alone it looks great but imagine a whole house where every room is a living room...it's just too much of a good thing. I see homes as a confederacy of different moods and purposes, the way nature itself is.
Here's another bedroom. It feels like a family room or a study that's doing double duty.
Here's a kitchen that also looks like a study. You get the feeling that the man never spent much time in kitchens.
Lots of people think of landscaping as an art form but the subject seemed to bore Wright. All he seemed to want around his houses (above) was a nicely mowed lawn.
His low-budget Usonian houses seemed all the more stark and unappealing on the plain lawns.
Does anything I mentioned diminish the architect's stature in my eyes? Nope. Not a jot. He's still the greatest builder of homes that I'm aware of. I only mean to point out that nobody's ever perfect, not even the greatest geniuses.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Architecture is on my mind these days, and I thought I'd talk about another favorite film house...this one from the 1945 thriller, "Leave Her to Heaven." The stars: Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde. The director: John M. Stahl. The location: Arizona. Gee, I wish I knew the art director's name because this post is really about his work.
it was inspired by a real house in Arizona, but lots of alterations were made by the set designer. Not bad, eh?
BTW: Most of these pictures were found on a site called "Hooked on Houses."