House in Japan mascarades in Transformer guise as a WW II Bunker. Residents still waiting for it to accept living entities
Jul 31, 2011 thinking design
Please. Don’t get me wrong. I gravitate toward minimalism. But, when I came across this posting at DesignBoom regarding a concrete house designed for a couple who collects furniture (please go to the link above and see no evidence of any collection of furniture) it reminded me of the old adage to “make sure to photograph your design before anyone moves in and messes it up…”.
Also, please read the description of the project. I am considering having a weekly post of “Say what?” writing by design blogs describing the project’s design intent and associated quotes pontificating on the merits of the end result.
BTW, just think of the merits of a new film blockbuster using buildings instead of vehicles for the next generation of Transformer movies (staring of course a young and frustrated architect).
Buy this Book about Dieter Rams, “As Little Design as Possible” It will make you (visually) happy and content.
Jul 29, 2011 thinking design
Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles of good design:
Project – Containers of Hope – Architizer – Empowering Architecture: architects, buildings, interior design, materials, jobs, competitions, design schools
Jul 28, 2011 thinking design
We live in a ‘Convent’ that has a “Art Jury” for all things architectural. Even need permission to change the color of your door…
While the intent is (kinda) understood, the execution for progressive architecture and new building systems are not at all encouraged. In the 1920′s Lilian Rice was an architectural game-changer in the planning and design for Rancho Santa Fe, CA area (with much support from the firm of RIchard Requa and Herber Jackson). I doubt if she would support the notion that all buildings being built over 90 years later should still be expected to duplicate her iconic forms.
The rural character of our Southern California area would welcome a variety of new architectural building systems, to include this example of “container” design. Unfortunately, this will be a long time coming for ‘Art Jury’ and building code compliance.
“Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in their fantastic property 20 minutes outside of the city of San Jose, Costa Rica; where they could be with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape.
They made the very bold choice of exploring with me the possibility of creating a very inexpensive house made out of disregarded shipping containers that allowed them to be dept free and live the life they always dreamed of…”
Link above to site will show over 25 images of the site, architecture and interior.
BTW, a nice overview of Ms. Rice at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society:
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Jul 26, 2011 thinking design
‘If somebody kept a very accurate record of a human being, going through the era from the Gay 90s, from a very different kind of world through the turn of the century — as far into the twentieth century as you might live. I decided to make myself a good case history of such a human being and it meant that I could not be judge of what was valid to put in or not. I must put everything in, so I started a very rigorous record’
How would it be if your body was delocalized in space? Be in 2 Places at the same time? Isn’t this the norm for designers? @TEDTalks
Jul 26, 2011 thinking design
Aaron O’Connell is the first person to experimentally induce and measure quantum effects in the motion of a humanmade object, bridging the quantum and classical worlds. Full bio and more links