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
C18 Architects has built a residential house with a studio for the jewellery designer Georg Spreng and his family. Towards the street the building is closed; it attracts attention with its cladding of white square tiles. The buildings cubic shape also distinguishes it from its neighbours. Even if the house is closed towards the street, it doesn’t close itself to the neighbours. A tower room with a window facing the street positions the building in the neighbourhood. No fence hinders visitors from entering the premises and looking over a wall onto a pond in an open atrium and into the living area.
C18 Architects have designed an exceptional house. A house which gives you lust, makes you lust for living and lust for the countryside. And as unconventional as it may be in the neighbourhood – it fits in. It is a known fact that it’s not easy to pull the wool over the eyes of people from the Alb. Life was too hard to risk relying on somebody else without question.”
- Christian Hol
This Residence for an artist calls for the restoration of a historically significant classical Chinese Siheyuan Courtyard House in Beijing, with a new building addition within its compound.
“The house is about 200 years old. Here, we have had the budget to create a house that belongs to old beijing and to the modern city. It is simple, free of ornament. The houses, although narrow, are deep, you enter into high-walled entrance courtyards and then into inner courtyards that are double-height living rooms. Behind the kitchens are gardens to coutyards. And on top of the bedrooms, we have roof terraces courtyards within courtyards, offering privacy, daylight and space”.
- Pei Zhu
With it’s an octagonal design that’s part Jetsons, part Bond, John Lautner’s Chemosphere House is considered a masterpiece of California Modernism. Perched on concrete poles, the home is reached via an inclined cable railway. The landmark Chemosphere home in the Hollywood Hills and its owner, publisher Benedikt Taschen, were profiled in a 2005 Home cover story. “What was great about Lautner is that he had this dualism about nature and the city,” Taschen said at the time, noting that one side of the house was “pure nature,” with skunks, bobcats, coyotes and deer, while the other side was “pure city,” the vast San Fernando Valley.
The career of the maverick architect John Lautner (1911-1994) spanned more than six decades, yet he is little known outside the architecture world, even though his buildings have starred in movies like “Diamonds are Forever” and “Charlie’s Angels.” Man’s relationship to nature and the universe intrigued Lautner and informed his designs, from coffee shops to plans for endless cities. Unfolding from the hills, nestled in canyons, or hovering above city skylines, Lautner’s residential projects have had influence on some of today’s most important architects — Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas, among them.
Chemosphere House, 1960, Los Angeles, USA, by John Lautner
Long overshadowed by modernist contemporaries Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, John Lautner and the homes he built in Southern California are set to receive unprecedented attention thanks to the publication of a book published by Rizzoli. The book details Lautner’s inspirations, philosophies and legacy, not the least of which is the Chemosphere, originally derided by some critics as a silly fantasy.
Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner, Edited by historian Nicholas Olsberg
Buy it here: Amazon