Category Archives: architecture

Skater’s Home includes a Mini-Ramp into the Kitchen

Titled The Ramp House, this ‘skatable habitat’ was designed byAthanasia Psaraki for a skateboarder who wanted more integration between her living space and her skate space. Check out this post from ArchDaily for lots more pictures and more insight into the design. The entire house is designed around the ramps and bowls, and even elements such as the fireplace are directly embedded within the main living room space. I want to live here.

Click me for more info on this super awesome habitat![via ArchDaily]

Tattoo House

Arch Daily are featuring a really interesting house from Australia by Andrew Maynard Architects called the Tattoo house. Simple form combined with a tight budget and space constraints have yielded something quite special here. Lot’s of natural light, open plan layout and efficient use of space. I love the kitchen counter that forms part of the stairs! Of course there are quite a few other multi-functional elements to the house.

Most striking  is the ‘UV-stable stickers’ found on the walls of the ground and upper floor. The use of a tree as the sticker form allows plenty of light in through the ground floor (where only the trunks are visible). The windows of the upper floor are almost covered by the silhouette of the branches and leaves of the tree sticker. This is done to satisfy council regulations with regard to houses overlooking into neighbouring properties, as well as providing a really cool effect where light falling through the ‘leaves’ creates interesting shadows in the house.

You *have* to check out the post as it offers tons of pics and a much better description! (click the pic!!)

Arch Daily – The Tattoo House

9 Awesome Workspaces

Some of us work in cubicle city. Some work from home. Some work outside and some don’t work at all. Here’s nine interesting workspaces I’ve found on the interweb…

1) Stefan Didak’s Home Office

Wow. Just check out all those screens. The room itself is a bit small, but it still looks sick. Check out his website to find LOTS more info on what’s going on in his home office.

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Stefan Didak’s Office

2) Mitch Haile’s Home Office

This guy works The Matrix from his attic. Or something to do with multi-user software. Same thing. Check out his home office FAQ for more pics and info. Niiiice.

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Mitch Haile Office FAQ

3) South Hall Office, Obi Bowman House

Here’s an example in direct contrast to the previous set-ups. No need for fancy equipment if you have a location like this. Beautiful.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stewf/201497582/in/set-1633747/

South Hall Office, Obi Bowman House [via Asylum]

4) The Noir Cubicle

Not so amazing at first glance, but check this post from lifehacker to see what the cubicle looked like before it’s facelift.

http://lifehacker.com/5155413/the-noir-cubicle

The Noir Cubicle

5) Quilty-as-Charged

It used to be a dusty, junk-ridden garage belonging to an avid quilter. Then some friends came along and decided to help out with some tidying up and voila! Quilter’s Paradise was born!

http://atwater-village.blogspot.com/2009/02/our-submission-to-lifehackers-workspace.html

Quilty-as-Charged [via lifehacker]

6) Unidentified Floating Desk

Another workspace I found featured on lifehacker, the Unidentified Floating Desk uses IKEA products to bring some life to what would normally just be a desk with a PC.

http://lifehacker.com/5165084/unidentified-floating-desk

Unidentified Floating Desk

7) Nancy Cartwright’s Bedroom Desk

I’m not particularly fond of the colours and the furniture, but hey it’s the workspace of The Voice of Bart Simpson!

http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la-hm-homeofficepast-pg,0,3662339.photogallery?index=6

Nancy Cartwright’s Desk

8) Espace Mobile Prefab Home Office

The cool thing about this space is that it’s inside a shipping container. Fully customisable and with a 3-year warranty, these prefab homes go for between 55000 and 95000 Euro.

http://weburbanist.com/2008/06/01/more-cargo-container-homes-and-offices/

Espace Mobile Prefab Home Office [via WebWorkerDaily]

9) Where We Do What We Do

Not an individual entry, but an awesome collection of images of workspaces from around the world. Check it out!

9WhereWeDoWhatWeDo

Brad Pitt: Architect slash Actor

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Arch Daily posted an interesting piece about Brad Pitt. Not many people know that Brad has a passion for architecture. He has no formal academic background in architecture, just a love for design and construction. I don’t see any problem with the idea that a person can have a love for a discipline such as architecture without a degree. There are many examples of ‘engineers’ who were never taught maths and science, yet through their ideas and subsequent investigation they have changed our world. Um I can’t think of anyone right now but you know what I mean. Everyone knows of an uncle or a grandfather or some other distant relative who maybe started out selling stationary but then had a great idea – a new design for a sharpener for example, which led to a business and then success. (Or failure, but it’s the trying that counts.)

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Anyways, so in between adopting children in third world countries Brad has been working on quite a few architectural projects. Read the post to find out what he’s been up to, but I’ll mention that his latest venture is the design and development of housing for hurricane victims in New Orleans.

Reading the comments for the Arch Daily post I find mixed feelings. Some people are really offended by the title of ‘architect’ given to Mr Pitt:

I was looking for the requisite “sarcasm” tag accompanying this post, but alas found none. Mentioning Pitt in the same breath as Wright or Mies is plainly a joke. Please let this be a joke. By this same perverted logic, Trump is all the more an architect.

-Evodio

What is the most ridiculous in this article, that they seem to forget, that architect is NOT just a guy who makes funny sketches and then gives them to engineers, who have to suffer with them and somehow bring to life. With such point of view, SURELY, every school boy can be architect, and Brad Pitt as well, and no education is really necessary.

-E.K.

And then on the other side there’s…

I like that he is bringing attention to architecture by using his celebrity status. Most people do not even think about buildings and he will at least make some of those people inquire. Same as Frank Gehry – he is more important for what he brings to an architectural practice than the actual buildings.

-kc

I would be more annoyed by Mr. Pitt if he were designing vacation homes for friends and calling himself an architect. Instead he is doing some good and has so far respected the title by not referring to himself as an Architect…..although, there are plenty of real architects who don’t deserve the title, either.

-Jeromy

Now I’ve never heard or read Brad refer to himself as an architect. I’m sure he knows that there is more to designing a house properly than a great idea and lots of money. But as an engineer I can see how certain people take offense to his popularity with regard to architecture, without having gone through an academic process. What does HE know about all the hours spent in studying in the library, or pulling an all-nighter to finish a project (…then finding out there was an extension)? Probably not much. At the end of the day I think it’s cool that he is actively engaging in something he loves, and that good things come of it. But he is lucky that his wealth and fame afford him such opportunities.

It’s interesting to see how people react to the media and the assumption of a professional title.

Architecture and Influence: Brad Pitt