The Tsai Residence is a countryhouse designed for two young art collectors. The design reflects their request for simple abstract looking piece, sitting almost without scale on top of the vast property, which is located two hours upstate from New York City.
The new building is located in a densely built-up villas on Locarno district, with view on the city, lake and mountains. Only two simple cut, mutually staggered stone cubes work out from the mountain. Additional light is taken in through courtyards. The water of the swimming pool, embedded in the valley facing cube, merges perfectly with the lake.
“Charles Harper painted homes designed by Rudy Hermes as photomontage backdrops to introduce the 1960 Fords in November 1959′s Ford Times magazine… ‘the ultimate in prefabrication since it has no footings or foundation.’”
Ford Times, Homes by Rudy Hermes, via: But Does it Float
Everyone knows the Glass House, the weekend retreat that the architect Philip Johnson designed for himself in New Canaan, Conn. Much less well known is another house Johnson designed soon after—across the street. Because it was for a family, it doesn’t have the jewel-box quality of the Glass House. But it does have its famous predecessor’s cool geometry and considered relationship to the outdoors.
Hodgson House, New Canaan, USA, by Philip Johnson
via: The New York Times
This house is located in a residential area of Oaxtepec, Mexico. Designed for cooling, the openings are placed for maximum air circulation. Daylight is filtered through the folds of the house.
Suntro House, Morelos, Mexico, by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza
A clean facade and composition for photography studio in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Jun Aoki & associates. There are 3 rental photo studios where two in the basement, one on the ground. Ground floor accommodates the car parking lots for studio users. The ceiling grid with fluorescent light allows ever-changing appearance of the space during the night.
Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen’s Entenza House, otherwise known as Case Study #9, is on the market. The house, it seems, had been converted to a guest house or annex, while owner Barry Berkus built his oversized main residence adjacent to the Entenza House.
We’ll take the maid’s quarters any day.
Entenza House, Case Study House #9, by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, Los Angeles, USA, $14 million (including adjacent house)
via: Curbed LA
The house is remarkably well-preserved:
River City II: Model of Unbuilt Towers, 1986, by Bertrand Goldberg, (1913-1997), Permanent Collection Art Institute of Chicago
London-based dRMM has designed a private house that features a sliding structure that fits over the static main house, guest annex and greenhouse. The mobile element, which is 28 metres long and weighs 50 tons, move along rails set into the ground.
A project commissioned to help the war effort. Exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1945: Creativity and Crisis, Chicago Architecture and Design of the World War II Era
Mobile Penicillin Laboratory: Model, 1943, by Bertrand Goldberg, (1913-1997), Permanent Collection Art Institute of Chicago