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The Ennis House – Frank Lloyd Wright, Los Angeles 1924

via The Ennis House Foundation
フランク・ロイド・ライトによる住宅建築の傑作として知られ、映画「ブレードランナー」や「ブラックレイン」などの映画だけでなく、リッキー・マーティンのミュージックビデオにも使われたエニス・ブラウン邸が1500万ドルで売りに出されている。ライトの孫が所属する非営利団体のThe Ennis House Foundationが30年近く管理所有してきたエニス邸は、1994年の大地震で大きな損害を受けた。すでにその修復に650万ドルが費やされたが、修復を完了させるには更に1000万ドルが必要とされている。経済状況の悪化により、The Ennis House Foundationに修復を継続させることが不可能だという結論から、今回のエニス・ブラウン邸の売却に踏み切った。
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The Big Black

Sorry for the slowness again. I am quite distracted by my old new (or new old?) home recently. Whether or not to remove this white elephant, which has a width of more than 48 inches, had tormented me for weeks. It doesn’t costs money to keep it but it costs space in the kitchen, which was not built for electric/gas appliances…
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Friday’s Dream


Have a safe Independence Day weekend!
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Dancing Living House by Junichi Sampei

Photo © Kouichi Torimura
Last December we posted some images of a house designed by Junichi Sampei in the blog. We are happy to be able to show one of his latest completed projects in a three-part post.

From time to time, some have asked us to add floor plans with the pictures if possible, and this time we have them all! …cross section, exterior elevation, and the floor plans.

The house named Dancing Living House was designed for a family who wanted a dance studio in their home… an obvious challenge in urban housing design …and of course, like most single-family homes in Tokyo, it had to have a parking space on a small house lot…

Tuesday 06/23: Images of the exterior + elevation
Wednesday 06/24: Images of the interior (2nd floor) + cross section
Thursday 06/25: Images of the interior (3rd floor) + floor plans

Taets Art and Conference Centre

While much of the exterior of the building was kept as it was, the new art and conference center in an industrial town in the Netherlands has a stunning interior. It’s beautifully done, and I love the contrast between the outside and the inside.

Liong Lieの主宰するロッテルダムの建築事務所「123DV architects」が、オランダのザーンダムにある古い兵器工場をコンベンションセンターに改築した。外側は古い建物のままだが、中に入ると外観からは想像のつかないような非常に美しいデザインだ Continue Reading