The Lowline from a Pettit & Sevitt brochure 1964. Design by Architect Ken Woolley
So apparently there’s some pretty rad inexpensive suburban Australian architecture, well there used to be. This guy Charles Pickett has released a book entitled Designer Suburbs.
I’d love a Lowline built at the top of some hill in the bush with a deck to end all decks. I’d get Pierre and Clarky to build it at %150 scale so as to not get cramped and rename the bastard the Highline. Then all I’d have to do is decide how often to hold Tmacfest, quarterly is pretty often for a wildy radical festival isn’t it?
One of the spoilt rotten NewYorker photog peeps has gone on a Niemeyer road trip of Brazil, from North to South. How awesome are these tiles:
•Interior of the National Congress building, Brasília. At one time, this wall was glass, overlooking the southeast end of the great mall. When the building needed more office space, they altered the design with Niemeyer’s help. He consented to the change, but insisted that the window be replaced by art, hence the mural.
• Apartment, Brasília. Niemeyer’s style of lifting buildings off their foundations to create light, open spaces beneath stops the repetitive housing blocks from feeling claustrophobic and dark, like so many postwar developments.
Check out Jens Risom’s prefab Block Island Retreat
In a beautiful little film short, Dwell asks Risom—now 97—to reminisce about the home, which is still in use by his flock of children and grandchildren. The simple A-frame structure was built by a three-person team from a Massachusetts prefab home company, and according to a 2010 article in House and Garden, cost only $20,700 ($145,000 in 2011 money). A glass-faced wall faces north, out toward the Atlantic, where light pours into the open-plan kitchen and living space (full of Knoll furniture, of course). An open-air loft provides bunks for the kids. The floorboards are bolted into a robust foundation, which has withstood nearly 50 years of hurricanes—no small feat, especially for a prefab timber home.
Isabro Ortega is a self-taught woodcarver, has been working on his home in Truchas, New Mexico, for 30 years.
“Oh, I do sing a lot of Penitente songs when I am working, but the British invasion has always been my inspiration,” he says. “I had never seen longhaired people, my dad always gave us haircuts and we were always bald. It was amazing to see all these longhaired people with a lot of talent.”
Read more of A Home made with Love and a Small Utility Knife at the NY Times