• Tag: swimming pool


    Sheats Goldstein House by John Lautner.

    6th May

    Writing about this house is a bit like chucking in my two cents about Meryl Streep. Occupying a realm beyond mere fame, the scene-stealer of countless movies, you all have an informed and long-developed opinion, and nothing I have to say will surprise you very much. I have, however, had the good fortune to have recently been inside this house. It is highly unlikely I will ever be able to say the same about Meryl Streep.



    Gallery Post // Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

    21st March

    The concept for Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is based on a marriage between decadence and democracy, 1920’s Hollywood glamour and modern minimalism.



    Ceresio 7 Pool Bar & Restaurant by Storage & Dimore Studio for DSQUARED² // Milan.

    17th March

    Ceresio 7 is a rooftop Pool Bar & Restaurant located in a historical 1930s building from the Fascist era in Milan. The site previously housed the offices of the national electricity company, and is now the home of the Canadian fashion house DSQUARED². Commissioned by Dean and Dan Caten, twin brothers behind DSQUARED², Ceresio 7 has quickly become a social hotspot climbing the charts as the hottest place to be in Milan. But enough of the PR talk – let’s get down to why I really like this place. I have two magic words for you – Dimore Studio. Boom! Pretty much anything these two boys touch turns to gold, and Ceresio 7 is no exception…



    2verandas by Gus Wüstemann // Zürich, Switzerland.

    12th June

    To Switzerland, today, to look at a wonderful (enormous) house on the northern shores of Lake Zürich by Gus Wüstemann Architects. The building comprises two houses – one of concrete, one of wood – at opposite ends of a large suburban plot. The design intent was to occupy the entire site and draw people through the garden by giving them a destination. I like this very much. The garden becomes somewhere to be, rather than something to look at. The residence (concrete) is up high. The pool house (timber) sits below. The former is a sort of glamorous bunker one can live in. The latter an airy rectilinear folly for outdoor braais on those long summer evenings of the northern hemisphere…



    Bacopari House by UNA Arquitetos // São Paulo, Brazil.

    14th May

    If I had to nominate a favourite typology in domestic architecture (it’s a question we’re all asked most days), it would be the courtyard house. And this one, by São Paulo’s UNA Arquitetos, is a cracker. A good courtyard house does many things at once – holds the edges of a site, opens up a kernel of space in the middle, cradles privacy within, permits views across into other rooms and in so doing enlivens opposite ends of the home. I could go on…



    Oh Kappetain, My Kappetain // Los Angeles Home of Architect Ray Kappe.

    19th March

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – LA houses like this are what happens when modernist ideas go to the coast, unwinds by the beach, and unravels in all this louche, approachable brilliance. This is the sort of modern house you’d want to be your friend…




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