Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

Herzog + de Meuron Coolness
April 12, 2008

Stunning “bird’s nest” stadium design from starchitects Herzog + deMeuron for the Chinese olympic games. (P.S.- free Tibet!)

More photos and information can be found here…

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Architectural Lust
April 9, 2008

Oooooo, me love you long time!  This beautiful home reminds me of mid-century Florida and Case Study House architecture. Sexy!


  

 

More photos and information can be found here…

The Chicago Spire
January 29, 2008

The Chicago Spire

Currently under construction in Chicago: the tallest residential building in the world at around 2,000 feet. The “Chicago Spire” high rise condominium is designed by starchitect Santiago Calatrava (more info…). He’s one of my personal heroes and his designs are always jaw-dropping, design and engineering-intensive masterpieces. The building is a twisting sculpture of stainless steel and concrete. Chicago, indeed the United States, is lucky to have his work on our soil as Calatrava is already a legend of design and architecture the world over. Another feather in Chicago’s hat for the spirit of one-upsmanship the city has become known for.

Take a look at these well-produced videos below, showing the building in three dimensions and clips of Calatrava and others speaking about the project, it’s inspiration and the location. Wow! Anybody got $40 mil for the penthouse you can loan me?

On the location, the building and the man:

The Spire Itself:

Why Chicago:

For more information on this project:
http://thechicagospire.com/

The Ring House: Japan
January 27, 2008

ring house

This amazing home, located in the Japanese countryside, was designed by TNA architects and completed in 2006. Surrounded by thick vegetation, The house serves as a weekend house for the owners and respite from the city. I imagine that the 360° views the home affords it’s owners must elevate them into a Zen-like state. Damn, I could soooo imagine such a retreat for myself. I’m a huge nature and architecture buff, so the fusion of the two would just make my brain explode. I love Asian aesthetics, specifically Japanese design sensibilities.

It would be like living in a spa. I wish I had an environment like this to escape to, meditate and be creative in my own little cocoon. Well, one of these days…. I have a collection of drawings and plans that I have done myself for unique home designs that I hope to build one day and share with someone special…

Cube House
November 12, 2007

I’ve been wanting to design and build a cost-effective, “green” and modern structure from the ground-up for a very long time. I have some drawings of several house designs and ideas. I may post some of them online one of these days, but I’m waiting to do scale model 3D visualizations of the designs with photo-realistic lighting and the whole nine yards. While the design of the cube house shown here is a bit severe for my tastes, I do like a lot of elements about this cool house. I want oneeee! Check it out…

Check out the pics of the house here…

The [American] Dream City
November 7, 2007

It may look like a grand European city, but its Chicago.
It’s been called “Paris on the prairie”, and indeed Chicago is all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips. Cities like this don’t happen on accident. Its a city that was built on the dreams of very passionate and educated people. Having traveled all over the world, I can say that Chicago rivals any of the world’s great cities with its breadth and depth of history, culture, architecture and world-class amenities.

Chicago, 1893

This entry is the first in a series of entries that I hope to do on Chicago and it’s interesting history. From an entire city engulfed in flames, to a Jack the Ripper-type killer on the loose (during the time of the photos seen here), to the invention of the skyscraper, to Al Capone to Oprah (ok, maybe not Oprah). I have returned to Chicago to dive into its rich history, beauty and importance in the United States, and in my life.

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MyWork: A Retrospective
November 6, 2007

a retrospective of my architectural work

Above: A preview of my handywork 🙂

I have been designing and building things since I was a wee toddler. While some of you may be familiar with the creative agency I owned for many years, I’ve also been designing houses for some time now. I did my first remodel of a home on my mom’s kitchen when I was 16. It was actually a surprise, she had no idea until she came home and saw what I had did. Her reaction was priceless and I have become addicted to see people’s reaction to good design. Architecture and design are just a few of the passions I have. I find myself naturally inspired by the Asian sensibilities and design aesthetics and mid-century and early modernists such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van der Rohe, Richard Neutra and others. I am working on putting together case studies of some of my favorite projects, including gut renovations of important homes by Florida architects such as George Reed that I have done. Stay tuned!