Throwback Thursday: The Schroder House

November 4, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Throwbacks · Comment 

by 245Ronald

The Rietveld Schröder House (Dutch: Rietveld Schröderhuis) (also known as the Schröder House) in Utrecht was built in 1924 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld for Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder and her three children. She commissioned the house to be designed preferably without walls. Rietveld worked side by side with Mrs. Truus Schroder-Schrader to create the house. He sketched the first possible design for the building; Schroder-Schrader was not pleased. She invisioned a house that was free from association and could create a connection between the inside and outside. The house is one of the best known examples of De Stijl-architecture and arguably the only true De Stijl building. Mrs. Schröder lived in the house until her death in 1985. The house was restored by Bertus Mulder and now is a museum open for visits. In the year 2000 it was placed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.[1]

Mrs. Schroder provided criteria for the design of the rooms: 1. A bed should be able to fit in the room in at least 2 different positions. 2. Each room should have direct water supply and drainage. 3. Each room should have a door that gave access to the outside. Gerrit Rietveld was able to meet all the criteria and created a masterpiece

Taken from Wikipedia and Galinsky.com.

Throwback Thursday: The Chrysler Building

October 14, 2010 · Posted in Architecture Around the World, Modern Design, Throwbacks · 1 Comment 

This is definitely one of the coolest documentaries of all time.  It’s worth every second.

House of Silence by Peter Kulka

October 8, 2010 · Posted in Architecture Around the World, Modern Design · Comment 

Built at the Benedictine Abbey of Konigsmunster, this building houses 20 guests that “can temporarily lead a monastic existence of meditation.”  Peter Kulka is the architect of this remarkably minimalist House of Silence.  Anybody else suddenly want to book a flight to Germany?

The Yellow Treehouse

August 7, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · Comment 

photo via inhabitat.com

photos via inhabitat.com

My wife and I have been staring at this treehouse for about 20 minutes now.  We found some blog that had tons of entries on treehouses, and this one was the most captivating to us.  Yellow Pages is actually behind the edifice, but it’s far far away in New Zealand- and it’s booked for decades to come.  I guess pictures will have to do for now.

Sweetest Park Bathroom

July 31, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · Comment 
photo via artbite.fr

photos via artbite.fr

I couldn’t resist posting on the sweetest public, park bathroom of all time.  Shuhei Endo (the architect) said that the structure is “‘springtecture’ for its apparently sprung, coiled corrugated-steel enclosure, and as ‘halftecture’ because it is both open and closed.”  I just like the curly metal.

Throwback to the Farnsworth House

July 9, 2009 · Posted in Throwbacks · Comment 

Not much more can be said about the Farnsworth house- or Mies van der Rohe.  I did learn; however, that Philip Johnson designed his Glass House after the Farnsworth House had already been started.  I also thought it funny that Frank Lloyd Wright said that the house was “un-American.”

My Crush on the Jubilee Church

July 9, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · Comment 
photo via Davide Lussetti

photo via Davide Lussetti

Richard Meier’s architecture takes my breath away.  I could spend hours on his website just looking at pictures of all of the stuff that he’s done.  Having said that, there is one building that I would take above all others: the Jubilee Church.  I wish I could commission Mr. Meier to secretly design the exact building but as a house for me and my family…. and my friends… and you could come visit.  Maybe I’ll do another post on it again tomorrow.  It’s located just outside of Rome, and maybe someday my wife and I will go visit the Jubilee Church and Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame Du Haut in Ronchamp, France.  Both of our construction crushes would be fulfilled.

Wikipedia: "Architecture"

April 16, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · Comment 
photo via Barcex

photo via Barcex

So Wikipedia, like a new sunroom, has turned into an addition to the small cottage that is my brain.  In this Wikipedia, I looked up “architecture” last night and was reminded of things long forgotten.  How rad was Vitruvius??  The article discussed his three principles of architecture being: durability, utility and beauty.  Architecture, to be actual “architecture,” must exhibit all three.  The article also discussed a new principle that has recently been added known as “sustainability.”  Meaning a structure must be healthy for the environment while being built, while being used and while being recycled.  Then there is a quote from our friend Le Corbusier that says, “You employ stone, wood, and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces: that is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good. I am happy and I say: This is beautiful. That is Architecture.”

Even though we can’t all be architects (myself included), we can all insert our line of work into the same theories of Vitruvius and Le Corbusier.  The idea is to put a little extra thought into what we are doing- a little more art.  Even though they’re not designing structures, we’ve all heard of ugly businesses out there that could use a little Le Corbusier pumping through the veins of their company.

Website for Almere Netherlands

April 15, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · 2 Comments 
Almere

Almere

Newly added to “The Places I Would Like to Visit” list is  Almere, Netherlands.  I was trying to find a project that I was interested in on the internet, and stumbled upon this website.  I sure wish that it was in English, for I can’t understand it (how about the word “woonwijken”).   But the pictures are sure sweet.  Make sure you make it to the bottom and check out the pics down there.  Anybody out there willing to sponsor a worldwide architecture photography trip??

Ville Hara / Korkeasaari Lookout Tower

March 25, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · 1 Comment 
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Photo: Jussi Tiainen, HUT photography laboratory

I just thought this tower was awesome.  It was designed by a student (I’m assuming the student’s name was “Hara”) from the Helsinki University of Technology, and built by a group of eight architecture students.  There’s an interesting lookout from the top because it sits on the edge of the Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki, Finland.

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Photo: Jussi Tiainen, HUT photography laboratory

The structure and all of the decking is made of wood, and the structure is fastened together with some 600 bolts.

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