Marmol Radziner Architecture

September 22, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Modern Construction, Modern Design · Comment 

If you’re in the mood for some top-notch eye candy take a look at Marmol Radziner’s website.  They design beautiful houses, they have a shop that provides custom metal/wood work, they do landscape design, they have a jewelry line, they have a line of prefab houses, and they build their own projects.  I’m sure I missed something in their, but it’s quite obvious that we’re talking about serious talent.  I’m especially impressed that they build their own houses.  Here’s what their website has to say about it:

As an architectural, landscape, and interior design firm that builds its own projects, we approach design and construction as a unified team. In fact, we are one of the few design/build firms in the country led by architects. Building our own projects is an incredible education into the nuances of project management and the construction process. We believe our blended expertise make us more innovative, insightful designers.

Smart Glass

September 17, 2010 · Posted in Modern Design · Comment 

Besides the totally super music, I liked this video because we can see what the glass looks like both tinted and not tinted.  I’m still looking for “smart glass” that can tint black so if anyone has any sources, please let me know.  A list of a few providers of smart glass:

290 Square Feet for 5 Large

July 17, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · 1 Comment 

CPM Construcciones Prefabricadas has created a prefab house that costs only $5,000.  I wish I could say I knew any more, but I’m pretty impressed.  Some of the windows are even shaped and spaced differently- like it’s actually been designed.  CPM is based out of Bogota, Colombia, but there’s room for more stuff like this here in the states.

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.”

Defenestrate the Headaches

February 27, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

I couldn’t resist the temptation of using the word defenestrate in my title.  So… windows huh?  Have you ever wondered how to compare them?  Wonder no more.  It’s the NFRC to the rescue.  There actually is a coucil that has put together a standard for rating windows.  They are called the National Fenestration Rating Council.  Five categories prove the difference between the good, the bad, and the ones that leak a lot of air.  The categories are:  U-factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Visible Transmittance, Air Leakage and Condensation Resistance; and all of these categories are displayed on a sticker (if the window has been certified).  Me and my wife wish our 50 year-old windows didn’t leak air and resisted condensation a little better.  Atleast we’ll know what to look for now!

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