Architecture speak: An essay on the ridiculous way architects talk. - By Witold Rybczynski Although Ted Mosby, the architect character in How I Met Your Mother, has suitably tousled hair and his (client-less) firm has a trendy name—Mosbuis Designs—he doesn't seem to have mastered the lingo of his trade, for architects, like all professionals, have their own jargon, while Ted speaks like an ordinary guy. A brief history is in order. Architecture is a relatively young profession—the American Institute of Architects was not founded until 1857. Seeking to distinguish themselves from lowly builders and carpenters, architects adopted a specialized vocabulary, often substituting complicated Latin-based words for their simpler Anglo-Saxon equivalents, for example, fenestration for window, entrance for door, chamber for room, trabeation for beam, planar for flat. When Modernist architects revolutionized the art of building in the 1920s, they scrubbed classical decoration—and classical terms. Discourse: What architects talk about when they talk about architecture.
Sky Garden House I think one of the reasons that many are skeptical about environmental design is because they think its terribly complex and costly. It does take a bit more effort on the front end, but it's definitely not rocket science. This architecture by Guz Architects is a wonderfully developed minimalistic design with a curvilinear flare that really brings out the organic coverings. I'm most impressed with how design facilitates the needs of the plants and shrubs located throughout the house. See more at Guz Architects Cradle Chair: Big Basket Seat Rocks Adults Gently to Sleep There is no escaping those innate and early-learned associations – for some, it means sleeping to gentle noises on planes, and for others, the act of rocking tilts us softly into a deep slumber. Richard Clarkson and company wanted to create a kind of low-tech, sensory-deprivation, sofa-style seat where one can curl up and forget the workaday worries of ordinary life … and perhaps even doze over before you notice you are slowly falling asleep. While there is art and craft in this object, there is science that went into its design as well. Specifically, research into autistic children and those who suffer from RMD (rhythmic moving disorder) played a crucial role in the shape and structure of the result. For all its theoretical complexity, the final form looks quite simple (and extremely comfortable).
Singita, Luxury African Game Reserve | Luxury Furniture, Property, Travel... - StumbleUpon Singita, Luxury African Game Reserve Singita, meaning place of miracles, is a group of world-renowned games reserves in Africa which provide a positive balance of hospitality, conservation and community for all of their guests. The luxury lodges contain an eclectic mix of African heritage and European contemporary furniture which adds a luxury feel to this unique African game reserve. About Richard Barker Love Interior Design & Exotic Travel? May 25, 2010 | South Africa Travel | View comments Be enchanted, entertained and soothed at Nam Hai, Vietnam A beautiful location, a captivating heritage and a retreat of pure luxury, The Nam Hai promises to enchant, entertain and soothe. Interlocking contemporary design – Hotel Pupp, Italy Italian and Austrian architectural practice, Bergmeisterwolf Architekten, have designed the Hotel Pupp project for Christian and Martin Pupp of Cafe Konditorei Pupp OHG.
10 Most Popular Projects Presented in September 2011 Dear Freshome readers, it is time for us to draw a line and see who created what in the month of September. We are happy to see that each posts gets your appreciation expressed through voting, sharing, comments and relevant advice. We are certain you guys want to see the best of the best, so here are the 10 most popular posts presented in September 2011, according to your Facebook shares. Remember that by clicking on the pictures, you can see more photos and details about each project. #1. #2. #3. #4. #5. #6. #7. #8. #9. #10. 10 Most Awesome Floors Ever Created | Floorstoyourhome Posted on January 8, 2010 by Frank A new part 2 of this article is now posted here! Most flooring is pretty unimaginative and boring. 1. Do you have money burning a hole in your pocket? Source 2. While there may be tall buildings popping up all over the world these days, few still have the presence of the Sears Tower in Chicago. Source 3. This is a floor that may leave you asking, “What exactly is going on in Belgium anyway?” Source 4. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Source 5. Lights in the floor at Finsbury Avenue Square serve to create a very futuristic and almost otherworldly look to the environment. Source 6. When you hear “concrete floor,” you might think that sounds like a recipe for a pretty boring floor. Source 7. If you are puzzled over what type of flooring you should put in your home or maybe just a specific room, then you might want to take a quick look at this innovative and creative puzzle floor concept from Prowood Flooring. Source 8. Source 9. Source 10. What!?! Source
Beautiful Warehouse Conversion in Melbourne By Eric • Feb 14, 2011 • Selected Work Spotted on MBP, here is a completely renovated apartment located in a historic building in Melbourne, Australia. This three bedroom, two bathroom residence is on sale and according to the agent, “this superlative warehouse conversion in “Leicester House”, an historic 1880′s building, provides privacy and vast spaces. It features soaring warehouse ceilings, huge original arched timber windows, exposed red brick walls, imposing brick archways of 65 cm depth and high gloss timber floors. By day it is imposing and by night dramatic.” The exposed brick walls and the high concrete ceilings make this apartment feel like a loft. Sold! Photos courtesy of MDP Click any photo to see a larger image - Use buttons or j/k/arrow keys to navigate through the articles
Nest Rest: Huge Hanging Birdhouse-Shaped Hut for Humans Tree house meets bird house, with a dash of hammock thrown into the mix. While it is not large enough to house the amenities of a true tree home, it is certainly a step up from a simple outdoor couch or recliner – and can be hung at a variety of heights. The resemblance goes more than skin deep, with a woven wood-like structure that parallels the way in which nests are built in nature. ?The result is a semi-enclosed, seclusion-granting space to relax that nonetheless breathes (though, to do so, sacrifices potential rain protection). Almost as neat as the organic design by Dedon itself are the suggested implementations. Some are a bit fanciful, but others seem realistic assuming you have access to a large and sturdy tree.
He lives in a trailer? ehhhhhh&8230;. WHOA & blah blah blah&8230; - StumbleUpon He lives in a trailer? ehhhhhh…. WHOA <——– To keep updated with my blog, take a minute and like me on Facebook! With the great response to my pirate ship bedroom blog, I searched the internet for an even more amazing bedroom and I found this guy’s trailer. Meet Matthew Hofmann. “Many of my clients are in Santa Barbara, so after looking at some tiny yet still expensive condos and lofts, I purchased and remodeled a 1978, 25-foot Airstream trailer on a whim on Craigslist.” “Material scraps from the Airstream, pictured above before the remodel, were sent to a recycling yard. My words: I think it’s great he made the trailer green. “For the new dining area, I replaced the existing tabletop with Cali Bamboo natural strand bamboo while reusing the table posts. “By removing the table posts and lowering the top to seat level, it also converts to what I call a media lounge where I can play movies on my 27-inch iMac. My words: Amazingly beautiful! My words: Excuse me, The Germans? Like this:
The Sifter's Top 10 Homes of 2010 If you’re a regular reader of the Sifter you’re familiar with my real estate fascination. I love posting all types of homes. From the unique and interesting to the grand and opulent. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 10 Homes from 2010. Click any picture or link to be taken to the original post, enjoy! The Biggest and Most Expensive Home Posted in 2010 This staggering 48,00 square foot mega-mansion in the Cayman Islands was listed at a jaw-dropping $59 million USD! The Best Use of Limited Space [500 sq ft] Architects Darrick Borowski and Danny Orenstein show us that it’s possible to live quite comfortably in 500 square feet (46 sq m). The Most Exotic Home Posted in 2010 Located in gorgeous Phuket, Thailand, this stunning property boasts over 8,000 square feet of interior space and over 8,500 square feet of outdoor terrace space as well! The Craziest Penthouse Posted in 2010 The Coolest Retrofit Property of 2010 It’s a 1965 Boeing 727 converted into a hotel room.
Rune Guneriussen & Escape Into Life These dream-like installations are assembled, and then photographed by Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen. Just imagine being out for a walk in Norway’s countryside, turning a corner and discovering a magical forest of lamps, a tangle of chairs, or a river of books. Sadly, once the photograph is taken, Rune removes the installation, the only proof of it’s existence being these images… sort of like waking up from an amazing dream that you could have sworn was real. As an artist, I believe strongly that art itself should be questioning and bewildering as opposed to patronising and restricting. As opposed to the current fashion I do not want to dictate a way to the understanding of my art, but rather indicate a path to understanding a story. Rune Guneriussen’s site