Posts tagged ‘residential’
via @FastCoDesign (Feb 12, 2012):
“America has changed dramatically since the 20th-century rise and proliferation of the suburban single-family home (and we’re not just talking about an influx of immigrants, but also more single-parent families, multi-generation families, and so on). The housing stock has not. Gang and Lindsay show how elegant little design tweaks here and there can redefine home ownership to better reflect both the social and financial realities of Americans today.”
Rendering of “The Garden in the Machine,” a proposal by Studio Gang “for transforming the inner-ring suburb of Cicero, Illinois, to better meet the living and working needs of its residents.” The proposal was developed for The Museum of Modern Art’s Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream exhibition.
February 19’s daily design idea is a quote from the Times article by Gang and Lindsay: “instead of forcing families to fit into a house, what if we rearranged the house to fit them?”
Ok, the word “swoon” is so overused in design blogs that it’s ridiculous. That said, the residential part of this mixed-use project by Skylab Architecture [warning: despite their amazing work, Skylab’s flash-crazy site may cause motion sickness] has actually caused me to become enraptured.
Located at 12th and Adler in the southwest quadrant of Portland, this amazing space is home to Jeff Kovel (founder of Skylab Architecture) and his family. The final project boasts adaptive reuse, site sensitivity, high ceilings, a roof deck, open floor plans, and – frankly – just great style. Did I mention that I’m swooning?
a (very) carefully constructed opening in the living room looks onto the church across the street and appears as if “a skylight has bled into a window”; 12+Adler by Skylab Architecture, photo by John Clark
via Dwell (April, 2007):
“The ramshackle building that has become 12 + Alder serves as the office for Skylab Design, the storefront for the furniture shop Intelligent Design, space for the salon D Studio, and home to the Kovel family. Erected in 1907, the building has housed a messenger service, a boardinghouse, a storage space, a gay bathhouse, and more recently, a store selling fine, handmade men’s lingerie.
Manly underthings aside, for years the West End’s only architectural draw was the First Presbyterian Church, a stately Victorian Gothic just across the street from 12 + Alder. “The church is amazing,” Kovel says with clear admiration for the sanctuary designed by William E. McCaw, Richard Martin, Jr., and Manson White in 1890. “It was a real no-man’s-land down here, and one of the things we wanted to do when building 12 + Alder was to feed off the church and to extend the context of [the] architectural experience.”
While the modernist glass-and-steel façade is an aesthetic departure from the First Presbyterian’s design, the clearest and grandest example of Kovel’s dialogue with the church comes in his open, uncluttered 2,000-square-foot residence on the second floor. “When it was a bathhouse in the ’70s, there was this pitched skylight that looked up to the steeple.” Kovel kept that detail in the bathroom, but wanted an even more sweeping statement for the living room.”
March 15’s daily design idea is swoon like you mean it!
At my day job, we’ve been doing a lot of research on interior furnishings this past month, so I’ve been subconsciously thinking a lot more about interior design and decoration than I normally would. In honor of this, I wanted to share a few conceptual combinations that I’ve been playing around with.
First up is Pink Zebra!
On a side note, I don’t think the Nendo chairs are actually meant for sitting on… but HAY’s Spider Woman chair would be a good alternative and/or adding in a Zebra Cowhide Cube from Design Within Reach.
Update: Making Waves (a newly discovered FLOR carpet tile) is one more variation to through into the mix. I’d probably do Pink or Earthen – or a mix of the two.
December 7’s daily design idea is boldly feminine colors are a great way to warm up a tubular steel look.
“After a variety of the usual permitting and financing delays we have finally begun construction of the Two Point Five. As usual this process begins with a hole . . .
This single house is already sold and we are in a hurry to get it up for the nice folks waiting to move in. Of course, this phase of construction is very dependent on the cooperation of the weather and may be further complicated by the distractions of another possible World Series run by the Phillies (Go Phils!). However, even with all of those factors we are still confident in Hybrid Construction’s ability to build this house quickly. Stay tuned for regular construction updates and plenty of additional details as we progress.”
>> October 7’s daily design idea is stay tuned in on your favorite projects; more and more designers are moving towards transparency in their process.
With the recession economy once again resulting in increased numbers of entrepreneurial ventures and more of my peers freelancing than ever, I’ve had an eye out for good design solutions for the home office. Design Milk seems to have discovered a great answer in ecospace’s WorkPod, one of five “backyard offices.” Some of the designs look a little too bubble-like for my taste, but I can actually imagine the WorkPod being quite a successful addition to many homes (especially multi-person homes).
Its overall spirit reminds me of an entry for last year’s Reburbia competition: “Entrepreneurbia: Rezoning Suburbia for Self-Sustaining Life“. Like WorkPod, this project also brings work and home into the same fundamental sphere while keeping them physically separate, though Entrepreneurbia pushes the concept further by proposing zoning policy to support the model of mixed-use plots.
May 10’s daily design idea is consider the barriers (of space and time) between your work space and your living space, and then consider the potential impact of a change in those barriers. Whether you work from home or not, how could you redesign them for a better transition between work and play?