|Retreat in Northern Hokkaido Mountains in Japan, by international architecture studio LEAD|
"Beauty's higher prizes are not for the timid."~ Richard Neutra
[Hat tip Friends of Kebyar]
|House in Mt Eden. Existing sunroom opened up to lounge, home office created |
in new sunroom extension (at rear of picture). Pic by Organon Architecture.
|[Pic from Not So Big Remodelling: Tailoring Your Home For the Way You Really Live]|
|Pic: Wright's home Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, |
from the Spring Green General Store site.
"The building as architecture is born out of the heart of man, permanent consort to the ground, comrade to the trees, true reflection of man in the realm of his own spirit.".
~ Frank Lloyd Wright, from The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright
"So to a definition: ... [architecture] is a building based on a concept of good living conditions... building conceived from an idea or vision of good living...
"This vision, then is translated into reality by qualities of surface, space, structure and psyche. I could be more fashionable and even more alliterative by calling the last item 'soul.' Perhaps it is best to average it out and settle on 'spirit'..."
~ Australian architect Robin Boyd, writing in his manifesto Living in Australia
|Did I say "simple"?|
|View from the proposed roof terrace: spectacular view; spectacular wind!|
|The house that designs itself: |
add retaining walls and one three-storey drum to a sloping site; to that add
an intersecting drum with wind-screen,
an open terrace extending the view back to the city,
and trees and vines
|Cultural Centre in Bastia, by Paris Studio DDA|
|Pitsou Kedem's 'MA' House' in Israel|
|View out to open terrace|
|View from day bed on upper level|
|View from built-in seating at 'back' of lounge|
|Pic: Portrait of Eileen Gray by Berenice Abbott|
“A house is not a machine to live-in. It is the shell of man, his extension, his release, his spiritual emanation. Not only its visual harmony but its organisation as a whole, the whole work combined together make it human in the most profound sense... The poverty of modern architecture stems from the atrophy of sensuality.”
~ Eileen Gray, architect and designer
Teleological measurement deals, not with cardinal, but with ordinal numbers—and the standard serves to establish a graded relationship of means to end... This requires that [an individual] define his particular hierarchy of values, in the order of their importance, and that he act accordingly. Thus all his actions have to be guided by a process of teleological measurement.
All action involves the employment of [finite] means to attain the most valued ends. Man has the choice of using the [finite] means for various alternative ends, and the ends that he chooses are the ones he values most highly. The less urgent wants are those that remain unsatisfied. Actors can be interpreted as ranking their ends along a scale of values, or scale of preferences. These scales differ for each person, both in their content and in their orders of preference. Furthermore, they differ for the same individual at different times.Marginal valuation recognises that humans value goods according to our ends -- to be precise, according to the individual units of those goods, and each of these units themselves fits into our values scale. (We value our afternoon's first ice-cream cone more than our first coffee, our first coffee ahead of our second cone, our first beer ahead of our second coffee...)
The choice of which ends to include in the actor's value scale and the assignment of rank to the various ends constitute the process of value judgment. Each time the actor ranks and chooses between various ends, he is making a judgment of their value to him.
The design is timeless, the combination of raked ceilings and lowered 'ceiling decks' cleverly defines spaces within the open-plan living areas.So if you or anyone you know is in the market for a place set in landscaped native bush and just a stroll away from downtown Hamilton, give this some serious thought.
When featured in House 'n' Lifestyle magazine, this property was described as '... a meld of dwelling and garden that's innovative, subtle and clever.'