I love this idea. A home exchange – you travel and stay in someone else’s house for free and they come and stay in yours – specifically for designers and visual artists. Behomm, which simply means to stay at home, is an invitation-only home exchange site for people with a love of aesthetics and travel. It’s not about luxury and wealth; rather, because of the like-mindedness of the home owners, the homes are going to be at the least, considered and aesthetically interesting, and at most, beautiful. ‘It’s about sharing and making personal connections – a prime example of the enriching ‘shared economy’ movement growing across the globe…’ And a wonderful aside – Behomm donates 5% of their proceeds to Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organisation that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises.
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It is one of the biggest challenges facing designers – how to integrate traditional and contemporary and make it fit for now. Pastiche doesn’t work, nor does simply ignoring the original. This house shows one way of mixing new with old, with an end result that is functional and fabulous.
The existing house is a typical, Eastern Australian 1920s bungalow, highly decorative to the street, or public, elevation. In stark contrast, the side elevations of the house were – originally – completely unadorned. The new addition to the rear takes its cue from this diminution in decoration and presents a flat elevation to the rear garden; a simple box form with playful, cut outs for windows. Within, the decorative elements lessen too; the walls become simple planes dressed in white, the free-standing kitchen units stand on a poured concrete floor. All that is left to add are lovely pieces of furniture and a family.
Hence, ‘the public face of the house is decorative and frilly, while the private face is quiet, honest and unadorned. It is the unpretentious face of private family life’.
House Boone Murray by Tribe Studio Architects via
Photographs, Peter Bennetts
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This charming infographic slideshow reels off an architect of note for every letter of the alphabet with a 2-D animation of their most notable project. All done in the style of a 1930s projector video replete with old-fashioned scratches and whimsical instrumental music.
The ‘ABC of Architects’ by Colombian graphic designer and visual artist Federico Gonzalez and Andrea Stinga runs from Alvar Aalto to Zaha Hadid, even managing to fill the letter X – Iannis Xenakis….
A little investigation uncovered this unfamiliar architect, a protege of Le Corbusier, who was entrusted with the project management of the Philips Pavilion, Expo ‘58 in Brussels (Le Corbusier was busy with the planning of Chandigarh). The pavilion is a cluster of nine hyperbolic paraboloids, composed asymmetrically and constructed out of prestressed concrete. Et voila!
The ABC of Architects, via Designboom
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