Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Desert Wing House by Brent Kendle

Architect Brent Kendle has designed the Desert Wing House in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Full description after the photos….


Programmatically the home is split into two zones, one a 4300 sf. residence for the owners, a couple requiring a very low maintenance lifestyle, and another zone for their extensive family and friends who visit the Arizona sunshine often.

While much of the surrounding homes echo themes from distant European cultures of centuries past this home speaks to its specific place in the Sonoran Desert. Forms derived not by the constraints of style but by programmatic and climatic forces shape this home. Solid walls of earth and concrete block out the harsh desert sun as well as views of surrounding structures. An almost invisible line of glass, shaded by deep overhangs, breaks down the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living, focusing on near and distant views of nature as well as the wonder of city lights in the distant valley. Planar roof forms are folded to catch rain water and disperse it to surrounding vegetation.

Materials are chosen not just for their inherent beauty and low maintenance but for their indigenous qualities as well. Copper, mined in the Arizona desert, clad bold roof forms which appear to float above indoor and outdoor living spaces. Rammed Earth walls made of soil excavated from the site rise up from the desert floor echoing the forms of the surrounding mountain range. The result is a home that is truly in harmony with it’s site and is expressive of it’s unique place in the world.

Brent Kendle, AIA, LEED AP
6115 North Cattletrack Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Beautiful Execution of Tame Fly Ecuador Campaign

Tourism is an industry responsible for billions of dollars spent in the world a year. Marketing tourism can be tricky. Everyone has beautiful scenery, interesting activities and their own “unique” destinations. So how do you define a specific area or brand from another? Through creative campaigns. The Fly Ecuador campaign for Tame Airlines is no different. Carrying an overarching theme of flying throughout, the ads are built with simple rich backgrounds, a white border at the bottom with a slight curve to lead your eye through and then some amazing photoshop work throughout! The photos are made up of the people and cities of Ecuador and then made to “fly” with wings made up of fish, buildings, nets, ships and anything in between. The ads carry your eye through each image and leave you wanting more. Did the campaign make you want to go to Ecuador? Or are you just stunned by the visuals and think its massively appealing? Either way, this campaign executes on many of The Principles of Design. You can also check these ads out on AdsofTheWorld.


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A Design for Design

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Its only natural that a design museum should be well designed. That's the least we can expect. But Ron Arad's Design Museum in Holon, Israel defies expectations.

The sinuous sculptural form feels like an uncoiling spring. The curved bands peel away from each other as if expressing various degrees of dynamic force. The cantilevered bands create a visual vortex that defines the open courtyard at the center of the museum.

The spatial activity of the courtyard space contrasts with the much calm exterior face of the building, which plays its cards much closer to the vest. The exterior only hints at the unravelling of its horizontal bands by revealing small seams that provide glimpses of the dynamic forces at play.Picture 4

The curved sculptural bands of the building are not merely ornamental. Each horizontal band is both a structural beam and acts as an exterior shading element. By off-setting the curved beams, they cast shade back on the building- such that the building shades itself. Arad doesn't simply create big swaths of shade, but rather paints with shadows. Crisp curved shadows travel across the building's courtyard through-out the day like a giant surreal sundial.

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Modern Design Brief

The blog world is full of goodies spotted at Salone in Milan this week!

Emerson_7's never too old to have one right? This Modern Dollhouse was featured on Curbly and I have sent the link to everyone I know, including Santa...check the link to read the details.

Stunning! I want to touch these lights just as much as I feel the need to blow the petals of a dandelion in the grass.
Check out all of the great finds that MoCo Loco is featuring from Salone, on their site. They have hit the ground running in Milan and updates are frequent...

I loved this chair from the moment I saw it...Found it on Daily Icon I also happen to really like the name of that blog. It reminds me of how every day I find my new favorite something that I covet for at least 24 hours...

Sunset magazine introduces these lovely botany vases by Rae Dunn. Splendid!Best of interior and architecture

Edge House


The drama of the entrance is evident as stairs lead up from the street to the house on a plateau. This Edge House was built to impress and to integrate the mountainside. As with several of the designs from the firmJarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL, this house in a suburb south of Oslo, also makes use of extreme angles leaving one with a teetering feeling as slender steel columns secure the protruding edge into the hillside rock. Love the details of the concrete slabs riveted into the walls. Though strikingly balanced, definitely not for those with vertigo.





Have an infinitely modern day!Best of interior and architecture

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Elysium 169 House by BVN Architecture

BVN Architecture have designed the Elysium 169 House in Noosa, Queensland, Australia.

Full description after the photos….


Photography ©Christopher Frederick Jones

The Elysium 169 House by BVN Architecture

This house was designed as a part of the 189 house Elysium Noosa development.

This generous and open house celebrates its wonderful location on the edge of an environmental park overlooking Lake Weyba. The sculptured modernist expression of its white washed walls and deeply carved recesses combine with thesoftening effects of finely detailed timber screens and natural finishes for a sense of contemporary elegance and refinedunderstatement.

The interplay of natural textured surfaces and abundant natural light contribute to the rich and luxurious tropical characterof the dwelling. The careful planning arrangement enables a sense of openness and connectivity with the adjacent pooland natural garden setting.

Visit the BVN Architecture website – here.Best of interior and architecture