Tag: architecture

  • Diane Keaton, House Flipper

    Diane Keaton, House Flipper

    Actress Diane Keaton's sidebar career is fixer-uppers: a longtime historic preservationist (she's a trustee for the National Trust for Historic Preservation), Keaton has complemented her acting career by remaking notable Los Angeles residences. It's a forward-thinking move for the Oscar-winning actress and... Continue Reading

  • Current Housing Market Solution: Renovate, Renovate, Renovate

    Current Housing Market Solution: Renovate, Renovate, Renovate

    We know that the Great Recession and housing market collapse has made many homeowners very nervous. But it has also made them very practical. New statistics reveal that instead of seeking bigger, more expensive houses, homeowners are staying put, making the ones they have look nicer and more energy efficient,... Continue Reading

  • Beverly Hills' Gagosian Gallery Addition Brings Out the Stars

    Beverly Hills' Gagosian Gallery Addition Brings Out the Stars

    Art and design shared the spotlight during L.A.'s week of Academy Award-related festivities last Thursday night as Beverly Hills' Gagosian Gallery unveiled its addition in a starry opening for photographer Andreas Gursky. Among the crowd in the Richard Meier & Partners-deigned space were actors Adrien Brody... Continue Reading

  • Your Chance to Dine in Italian Palaces

    Your Chance to Dine in Italian Palaces

    If the adage that it takes a village to raise a child seems astonishing, you may be overwhelmed to find out that it takes a city to serve dinner. Italian designer Alessandro Zambelli has come up with a brilliant set of dishes that won't clutter your kitchen cabinets because chances are you'll want to display... Continue Reading

  • Designer Dream Houses for Rent

    Designer Dream Houses for Rent

    It's not likely that "Superman" star Tobey Maguire is going to invite you to sleep over at his new house in L.A., which is reportedly being designed by the acclaimed Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. So if you want to know what it's like to bunk down in minimalist Zumthor splendor you'll have to book early and get... Continue Reading

  • Living Modern Like a 'Single Man' in L.A.

    Living Modern Like a 'Single Man' in L.A.

    When the Academy Awards take place on March 7, English actor Colin Firth will be one of the chosen few at Hollywood's Kodak Theater nominated for a major award: Best Actor, for his role in "A Single Man." While Firth is unquestionably the heart of the movie, and Julianne Moore is his most visible co-star, a... Continue Reading

  • Rodeo Drive's Fashion Houses Attract Design Star-Power

    Rodeo Drive's Fashion Houses Attract Design Star-Power

    Fashion's premiere brands, like Prada, Chanel and Missoni, opt for designer names when it comes to designing and building their multi-million dollar retail outlets on Beverly Hills' posh Rodeo Drive. At the newly opened, 7,500 square foot Missoni store, in-house designer Angela Missoni partnered with the design... Continue Reading

  • The Weirdest Apartment Buildings in the World

    The Weirdest Apartment Buildings in the World

    If your apartment search wish list reads less "hardwood floors" and more "rotating 360-degree view," then web broadcaster Koldcast's roundup of the 20 Weirdest Apartments of the World might be right up your alley. From a 30-story elephant-shaped building in Thailand, to a tetris-esque complex in Slovenia, to a... Continue Reading

  • Solar House Has Brief Broadway Stint

    Solar House Has Brief Broadway Stint

    Yesterday, a solar house landed in New York's Times Square. Dubbed the Lumenhaus, the high-tech home is Virginia Tech's award-winning entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. It was supposed to remain open to the public through Sunday, but it's Broadway debut was cut short when it was dismantled late last night due... Continue Reading

  • Haiti's Residential Quick Fix

    Haiti's Residential Quick Fix

    Once the residents of Port-au-Prince are medically stabilized who is going to help rebuild Haiti? A design-build team at Clemson University's School of Architecture has a green solution for quickly finding homes for the thousands of displaced Haitians following last week's catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake... Continue Reading

  • Vidal Sassoon Trims Real Estate Holdings

    Vidal Sassoon Trims Real Estate Holdings

    Another mid-century modern trophy home is up for grabs in Los Angeles -- this time for the hair-raising price of $17.5 million, according to Real Estalker. The seller is none other than Vidal Sassoon, the former hair-care mogul, and his wife Rhonda, who apparently missed my recent post about price deflation... Continue Reading

  • Attention Shoppers: Architects On Sale!

    Attention Shoppers: Architects On Sale!

    We know autoworkers were slammed during the Great Recession. But also spare a thought - if you will - for those once-celebrated creative types who ruled the design world, made big bucks and graced the society and style pages. Yes, we mean architects, who are, sad to say, suffering. According to the Bureau of... Continue Reading

  • Mid-Century for Sale

    Mid-Century for Sale

    If you've always craved a Mid-Century Modern home, now might be the time to embrace your inner Rob Petrie. Even Mad Men mania, it seems, can't keep the once-booming market for classic MCM houses safe from the roiling real estate market - including architect Richard Neutra's iconic Kaufmann house in Palm... Continue Reading

  • Revisiting Venturi and Brown's Las Vegas

    Revisiting Venturi and Brown's Las Vegas

    You know the phrase, "less is more." How about "less is a bore"? For the first, thank modernist architect Mies van der Rohe, whose pared down, minimalist glass-and-steel buildings and rigid rules on form and function ushered in the age of strict modernism. Then came the reversal from then-Yale architecture... Continue Reading

  • Frank Gehry, Closet Minimalist?

    Frank Gehry, Closet Minimalist?

    Frank Gehry has assumed "starchitect" status thanks to his iconic, deconstructivist buildings, their facades fractured by contradictory waves and angles. Architecture, he has said, should "provide a beautiful context for life's drama." But turns out, Gehry prefers to leave the drama at his doorstep. What's... Continue Reading

  • The Art of Diplomacy

    The Art of Diplomacy

    Gwathmey Siegel's new 22-story U.S. Mission to the United Nations has inspired ire in the hearts of many architecture critics since its unveiling. Designed to "transcend strict programmatic and technical constraints, and become a compelling and representative landmark for architecture and democracy," per the... Continue Reading

  • After Disaster, Residents Rebuild Green

    After Disaster, Residents Rebuild Green

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which tore through New Orleans on Aug. 28, 2005, architects and city planners had an opportunity to rebuild a major U.S. city in a thoughtful, sustainable way. But more than four years later, New Orleans is still struggling with the nation's highest rates of murder and... Continue Reading

  • Tiny Homes of the Future

    Tiny Homes of the Future

    A pair of New Yorkers living in a 175-square-foot studio might just be the wave of the future. Zaarath and Christopher Prokop don't cook in their own kitchen. They "store" most of their clothes at dry cleaners. A cappuccino machine is their only kitchen appliance, and a cat-gym and a queen-sized bed are almost... Continue Reading