Archinect - News 2017-10-19T03:26:41-04:00 Unknown pioneer of solar energy, Konrad Frey, is given a second look Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-18T17:23:00-04:00 >2017-10-18T20:08:05-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Konrad Frey was a pioneer who designed and built solar houses based on data and scientific insights. Yet Frey and his work are largely unknown. A project by the architectural theoretician Anselm Wagner aims to change that.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The architectural designs of Konrad Frey are characterized by the fact that their form is a consequence of function. Had he worked in Vienna, had his activities started in the urban context, his architecture would have become a topic of research long ago,"&nbsp;says art historian and architectural theoretician Anselm Wagner.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Frey studied solar energy in the 1960s and designed Austria's first solar house in 1972, together with Florian Beigel, using a combination of&nbsp;active and passive harnessing of solar energy. "The Sun Houses of Konrad Frey: Environmental Research and Solar Design Knowledge", a research project funded by Austrian Science Fund FWF, will produce an online catalogue raisonn&eacute; and a monograph of Frey work. </p> The Marly House employs neighborly design strategies Nicholas Korody 2017-02-13T15:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T01:10:25-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In the town of Marly-le-Roi, just outside of Paris, a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residential project</a> by Karawitz Architects gives new meaning to the idea of curb appeal. Set on a leafy street lined with fenced-in houses, the Marly House strives to open up to the street through a series of innovative strategies. It still has a fence, but perforations give passers-by a glimpse into the garden.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the architects, &ldquo;Everything is a pretext to awaken the curiosity of the passers-by, [from] the pre-grayed larch cladding that envelops the whole thing right up to the rafts, thanks to the absence of covers, to the fold of the main facade&mdash;which opens a perspective towards the garden.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Marly House is raised up and access is made from this underground space, which doubles as a carpark. Inside, the ground floor is marked by fluid connections between the three primary spaces, which orbit around a central fireplace and a prefabricated steel staircase.</p><p>Check out more images as well as drawings in the image gal...</p> Tracking down Sears Catalog Homes Alexander Walter 2016-05-17T15:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:16-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Not long ago, the&nbsp;Sears, Roebuck and Co. mail-order catalog&nbsp;was the ultimate marketplace, much like Amazon is today. You could even buy a house straight from the catalog. Just pick out the home you like, and voila, Sears would deliver it just for you. [...] From 1908 to 1940, Sears sold between 70,000 to 75,000 homes, so there are plenty out there, you just need to know where to look.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;This photo shows a Sears "Magnolia" kit house in Benson, North Carolina. (Photo:&nbsp;Rosemary Thornton; image via Wikipedia)</p><p>"Sears Modern Homes offered the latest technology available to house buyers in the early part of the twentieth century. Central heating, indoor plumbing, and electricity were all new developments in house design that "Modern Homes" incorporated, although not all of the houses were designed with these conveniences. Primarily shipped via railroad boxcars, these kits included most of the materials needed to build a house. Once delivered, many of these houses were assembled by the new homeowner, relatives, friends and neighbors, in a fashion similar to the traditional barn-raisings of farming families." (via the&nbsp;Sears Catalog Home <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wikipedia page</a>)</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji's prefab Vertical House now available for Japanese residences</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regarding the remarkable range of prefab, self-built, movable, and vernacular dwellings</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The VIPP Shelter joins the industr...</a></li></ul> Richard Meier’s High and Mighty Beach House Alexander Walter 2014-07-11T12:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T21:28:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>But building the $2.25 million steel-and-glass structure he had in mind presented a number of challenges on Fire Island. For starters, they had to dig 10 feet below sea level to bury the wood piles. Then they had to put a steel frame on top that could support 25 tons of glass. Sam Wood, the contractor, had been working on Fire Island for 30 years and had never seen anything like it. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s built like a mini-skyscraper,&rdquo; he said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Return of 'mansionization' has some L.A. homeowners grumbling Alexander Walter 2014-05-05T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:14:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Six years ago, Los Angeles politicians imposed new limits on the size of new and renovated houses, promising to rein in what they called "homes on steroids" dwarfing blocks of smaller buildings. But as the housing market rebounds and construction picks up, many homeowners complain that "mansionization" has revved up &mdash; reigniting long-standing policy battles and sometimes bitter fence fights over the face and feel of L.A.'s neighborhoods.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Peek Inside Yanukovych's Luxury Villa Alexander Walter 2014-03-17T15:56:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:47:10-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After Viktor Yanukovych fled, many Ukrainians were astounded by their former leader's opulent residence. So far images have only been shown of a few rooms. A SPIEGEL ONLINE special with 360-degree panorama photos now offers a walkthrough of the spectacular villa.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Results of the [SYDNEY] Container Vacation House competition Justine Testado 2013-12-05T12:39:00-05:00 >2014-05-09T12:33:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[AC-CA] recently announced the results of their [SYDNEY] Container Vacation House competition. Entrants had to design a waterfront vacation house on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia using only a freight container.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of 307 proposals, the jury chose three winners:</p><p>1st prize (US$3,500): Ales Javurek, Czech Republic (see cover pic)</p><p>2nd prize (US$1,700): Eunjin Koh and Jonghyun Kim, South Korea</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p>3rd prize (US$800): Andrew Nicolle and James Moulder, Australia</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p><em>Images courtesy of [AC-CA].</em></p> AGi architects wins in two categories for 2013 Middle East Architect Awards Justine Testado 2013-11-14T19:02:00-05:00 >2013-11-14T19:05:55-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>AGi architects enjoyed yet another lucky year in the 2013 Middle East Architect Awards recently held in Dubai. In addition to being shortlisted in five categories, the Spanish-Kuwaiti firm won two awards for The Star House and the BBS Pre-School, both in Kuwait. The Star House received Residential Project of the Year &mdash; making it the second year in a row that AGi won in the category &mdash; while the BBS Pre-School was named Institutional &amp; Cultural Project of the Year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Seacliff House by Chris Elliott Architects wins two 2013 Sydney Design Awards Justine Testado 2013-11-11T17:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T17:22:56-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Seacliff House by Chris Elliott Architects is a residential house built for Chris Elliott's family on the famous Bondi Coogee to Coastal Walk in Sydney, Australia. Aside from maximizing both the narrow block space it is built on and the views of its coastal surroundings, the Seacliff House recently received two residential category 2013 Sydney Design Awards among others.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M Archinect 2013-09-12T20:43:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:00:47-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The above ground structure is just like any other&ndash; with the only hints being multiple air conditioning units, and emergency exits around the property. The underground interior is one that&rsquo;s stuck in the hippy chic 1970&prime;s days. Pink draperies, carpet and classic columns outfit the dated interior. Putting greens, a rock facade barbecue and natural style light settings make for an interesting setting that&rsquo;s completely user controlled.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Shortlist for the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal highlights the UK’s best new homes Justine Testado 2013-09-09T21:44:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:26:07-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed its shortlist for the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal - Best New Home -- the UK's most distinguished private home design award. [...] Locally presented and judged, the RIBA Awards are specifically for structures in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Winners are also considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of 2013 RIBA Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize</a></p> DESIGN IN FILM: THE MODERN HOUSE Archinect 2013-08-20T14:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T15:10:15-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Modern homes, both real and fake, as featured in the movies.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> From microchips to algae: Finding ways to make buildings that live, breathe and think Archinect 2013-05-23T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-05-24T15:31:26-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The BioIntelligent Quotient House, which opened in March, is the first to use external tubes of algae to help heat, shade and generate power for the building. But Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), the Toronto firm in which el-Khoury is a partner, came up with the idea six years ago, and incorporated it into a design that won &ndash; then lost &ndash; an international competition for a huge new museum in Shenzhen, a major Chinese city near Hong Kong.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Eisenman's House VI, Venturi's Philadelphia House, and Louis Kahn’s Esherick House all set to hit the market Archinect 2013-05-01T18:18:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T10:35:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Three of the most important modernist houses in the Northeast, including the 1964 house Robert Venturi designed for his mother, have been (or will soon be) put up for sale by their long-time owners, two of them without covenants that would ensure their preservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Venturi's Philadelphia House</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> Louis Kahn&rsquo;s Esherick House<br> &nbsp;</p> Edwin Heathcote compares the Schröder House and Eames House Archinect 2013-04-08T19:33:00-04:00 >2013-04-08T19:34:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Unlike Rietveld&rsquo;s complex interplay of layered planes, the Eameses, looking towards more commercial approaches to middle-class housing, created something more like the box that Rietveld was trying to escape.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Pool House Florida by NL Architects Archinect 2013-03-21T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T14:42:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> About a year ago, we published the rather unusual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposal for a Bike Pavilion</a> in China's Hainan Province designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NL Architects</a>. The concept of using any available square inch of roof space seems to have grown into a trademark of the Amsterdam-based architects, as they are now sharing their latest proposal, a pool house for a client in Del Rey Beach, Florida.</p> <p> <strong>Project Description from NL Architects:</strong></p> <p> In October 2011 we received an exhilarating email by Andrew R:</p> <p> <em>I have researched a number of highly successful up and coming contemporary architects with world- wide acclaim, and feel that the work of NL Architects exemplifies the vision I have in mind for my future home.</em></p> <p> Andrew purchased a property in Del Ray Beach, Florida and planned to replace the existing 12,000 square foot mansion with a smaller home of 8,000 and guest house of 4,000 square foot.</p> <p> Clearly a potential dream assignment; we immediately started drawing... we prepared a &lsquo;sketchbook&rsquo; that intended to cataly...</p> Architect aims to build ‘endless’ house using 3D printer Archinect 2013-01-18T17:34:00-05:00 >2013-01-23T19:47:50-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars from Universe Architecture in Amsterdam has designed a house that is not only created using a 3D printer, but also &lsquo;endless&rsquo; in its design. A visitor to the home could walk in a constant path continuously through the house, as it&rsquo;s designed as a m&ouml;bius strip</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> House in Tavira by Vitor Vilhena Archinect 2012-12-12T14:34:00-05:00 >2013-11-04T18:06:58-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> <strong>Context</strong><br> South of Portugal, Algarve, Tavira. Here the ocean peeks, while the 400 olive trees surround the house. An old building has to give place to a new one, keeping the two- volume-footprint in the soft topography.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Solution</strong><br> Based on the area occupied by the pre-existence, maintaining the orientation of the housing compartments south, the architectural concept seeks to create two parcels with separate identities, including one volume with irregular geometry and other volume of regular geometry that communicate through a glass hallway. The surrounding outdoors relate to the terrain, landscape and vegetation.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Vitor Vilhena Architects<br> Location &ndash; Tavira, Algarve, Portugal 400 m2<br> Building costs: 1.3 M<br> Started: 2011<br> Finished: 2012</p> Oscar Niemeyer's LA house for Joseph and Anne Strick Archinect 2012-12-07T13:23:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:50:09-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>... he did design one house in the US, "where he was long banned because of his leftist political associations," according to an Architectural Digest story from 2005. The 1963 Strick House sits on Santa Monica's architecture-packed La Mesa Drive, and it was designed via post--Niemeyer never visited the site or met Joseph and Anne Strick, who commissioned the house (Joseph was a filmmaker best known for his adaptation of Ulysses and in fact divorced Anne before the house was even finished).</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a> shared an interesting story about this house in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">comments</a> from the news post announcing Niemeyer's death...<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>I wrote this a couple of years ago</em></p> <p> <em>Go Oscar go...102 years.</em></p> <p> <em>In 1964 Oscar Niemeyer designed a residence for the art doc and film director and also producer Joe Strick. I got to meet Joe Strick as he was partners with a friend of mine, screenwriter and director Fred Haines, who I invited and they arrived to party at the book launch of Voluptuous Panic held at Adam Parfrey's Echo Park house.</em></p> <p> <em>That was fun evening. Of course Parfrey and I asked Strick about working with Niemeyer but the owner and architect never did meet only corresponded.</em></p> <p> <em>Funny how it goes; Inventor and new cinema filmaker Stick hires a world famous architect Niemeyer to design a modern home in Los Angeles, then the Brazilian architect's only residence in North America. During construction Strick and his wife divorce. The property is sold and later forgotten, almost demolished, b...</em></p> The NYT takes us on a tour of Henry Urbach's SF home Archinect 2012-11-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2012-11-01T15:18:22-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Mr. Urbach, 49, until recently the curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and his spouse, Dr. Hartman, 52, a psychoanalyst, have approached the design of their home as if it were a conceptual art exhibit for two. The apartment&rsquo;s many mirrors aren&rsquo;t for checking for stray nose hairs. They &ldquo;complicate spatial relationships,&rdquo; Mr. Urbach says.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The cost of living in a "landmark status" Frank Lloyd Wright home Archinect 2012-10-26T14:13:00-04:00 >2012-11-01T11:06:54-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Its owners are hoping to sell the house before Nov. 7, when the City Council is scheduled to vote on giving it landmark status, which they oppose. Though they agree that the house ought to be saved &mdash; &ldquo;The property is gorgeous,&rdquo; Mr. Sells said in its master bedroom one morning &mdash; they say they must first safeguard their investment, as well as their livelihood. &ldquo;If it becomes a landmark,&rdquo; Mr. Sells said, &ldquo;we&rsquo;re out of business.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Narrowest building opens in Poland Archinect 2012-10-22T11:53:00-04:00 >2012-10-23T00:12:59-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The narrowest building in Poland, and possibly the narrowest in Europe, is the brainchild of Israeli writer Edgar Keret. It was conceived as a memorial to his parents' family, who died in Warsaw during the World War II Holocaust. The house was actually squeezed in-between two existing central Warsaw residential buildings on the edge of the former Warsaw Ghetto. Polish architect Jakub Szczesny designed the weird construction, which is still a real house with all the necessary facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Polish architect building world's narrowest house between Warsaw tower blocks</a></p> UNStudio completes Haus am Weinberg Archinect 2012-10-16T11:34:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T19:46:41-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> UNStudio&rsquo;s recently completed Haus am Weinberg, located on the outskirts of Stuttgart, affords pastoral views of the stepped terraces of an ancient hillside vineyard on one side and cityscape vistas on the other.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <br><p> <br> Whilst structurally the Haus am Weinberg and its garden landscaping reflect the strata and gradations of the nearby vineyard landscape, the true experience of the house is to be found from the inside out.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Ben van Berkel: &ldquo;The Haus am Weinberg adopts a stereovisual spatial effect, acting almost as an optical instrument, whereby not a parallax view, but a parallax experience is created. Moments of parity with the surrounding landscape from inside the house form a constant experiential connection and awareness of its immediate context.&rdquo;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The inner circulation, organisation of the views and the programme distribution of the house are determined by a single gesture, &lsquo;the twist&rsquo;. In the Haus am Weinberg the central twist element supports the main staircase as it ...</p> RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2012 Shortlists Five Houses Alexander Walter 2012-09-18T18:38:00-04:00 >2012-09-23T20:27:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Yesterday we published the shortlist for the RIBA Manser Medal 2012 for the best new house, and today we're following up with the list of shortlisted houses for this year's Stephen Lawrence Prize which the RIBA announced just recently. [...] The prize, set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Rational Approach Archinect 2012-08-21T13:57:00-04:00 >2012-08-21T13:58:47-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>When asked, the German-born &ldquo;Father of Fonts&rdquo; insists that there is nothing similar about designing a typeface and designing a house. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re totally different,&rdquo; he says, in excellent English peppered with correctly implemented expletives. &ldquo;With a typeface, you design a space. A letter is defined by the inside space, more than it is by the outside. You design for shape, but also for function.&rdquo;... &ldquo;In either case,&rdquo; he concedes, &ldquo;the design is as much about function as it is about aesthetics.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An Ever-Expanding House of Architectural Salvage Archinect 2012-08-16T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T20:55:55-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>When Mr. Archer, 62, finds something intriguing (and it&rsquo;s usually a very large something), he often builds a new wing around it. His house, which he bought 30 years ago for $135,000, was once a 3,000-square-foot, two-story box. Now it is somewhere between 11,000 and 13,000 square feet, with wings flying every which way, a pterodactyl of architectural detritus.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> For Sale: Volcano House Archinect 2012-07-09T12:30:00-04:00 >2012-07-09T21:51:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The creation of architect Harold J. Bissner Jr., the dome house has been sitting atop a 150-foot conical hill of volcanic fragments since 1968 and is now for sale, at $750,000. The 1,800-square-foot home&mdash;guarded by two caretakers whose faces have been sculpted by desertic whim&mdash;and its adjoining 60 acres belong to Huell Howser, the host of California&rsquo;s Gold, the travel show for PBS affiliate KCET that highlights places of interest in California, often along remote paths.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Dissident Did Our Guesthouse Archinect 2012-05-29T14:08:00-04:00 >2012-06-04T14:08:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It is one thing to own a dozen original &ldquo;Zodiac Head&rdquo; sculptures by the Chinese artist, dissident, and human-rights cause c&eacute;l&egrave;bre Ai Weiwei. It is quite another to live in a house partially designed by him. But such is the good fortune of two Columbia County art collectors, who six years ago commissioned the Swiss firm HHF Architects and its scruffily bearded collaborator to build them a home with a detached guesthouse and garage on a pastoral 40-acre plot upstate.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An Octogenarian’s Modernist Dream Comes to Life Archinect 2012-05-10T13:51:00-04:00 >2012-05-10T16:54:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Here is the most modern of modern houses I&rsquo;ve ever seen and loved,&rdquo; she wrote, describing the turquoise mosaic tile, the compact state-of-the-art kitchen, the distant views of city lights, the proximity to her daughter&rsquo;s family and the circular stairway that she felt, sadly, too old to sail down. &ldquo;I guess you can&rsquo;t expect to have too many dreams answered,&rdquo; she concluded. &ldquo;At least, I&rsquo;ve had the opportunity to see the Morris House, to know it existed.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Artist Doug Aitken's Venice Beach Home Archinect 2012-04-03T20:13:00-04:00 >2012-04-04T06:22:34-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The house is the world&rsquo;s first temple to &ldquo;Acid Modernism,&rdquo; the aesthetic the California-born Aitken conceived for himself and Gemma Ponsa, his companion of the last six years. &ldquo;The goal was to create a warm, organic modernism that&rsquo;s also perceptual and hallucinatory,&rdquo; he said of the design. &ldquo;We thought that would be a wonderful environment to live in.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>