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311 Ideabooks by John Hill
Inspired Designs for Sloped Lots
My last ideabook looked at interiors with level changes, most connected by a few steps within fairly open living spaces. Let’s move outdoors to look at the same basic theme, since it is summer and that is where I’d rather be anyway. When I...
Houzzbesuch: Ein Atelier mit Ecken und Kanten
Schwer und massiv von außen, leicht und hell von innen: Ein Studio im texanischen Austin rückt sich aus jedem Winkel ins richtige Licht.
Einen passenderen Namen hätte dieses zweigeschossige Gebäude, entworfen vom Architekten Mell Lawrence, nicht erhalten können: „Concrete Studio“ spielt mit dem...
Architekturikonen: Mies van der Rohes „Villa Tugendhat“
Ein Rundgang zeigt alle Facetten dieses Meisterwerks der Moderne, das 1930 fertiggestellt und vor zwei Jahren restauriert wurde
Zwanzig Jahre bevor Ludwig Mies van der Rohe sein berühmtes Farnsworth House baute, sieben Jahre vor seiner Emigration in die Vereinigten Staaten, entwarf er im Jahr 1930 die Villa Tugendhat im Auftrag der wohlhabenden Eheleute Fritz und Grete Tugendhat. Grete...
Architekturikonen: Das Eames-Haus
Dieses eigenwillige und persönliche Haus des berühmten Designerpaars räumt mit modernistischen Stereotypen auf – dank Farbe und Wohnlichkeit
Charles und Ray Eames zählen zu den einflussreichsten Designern des 20. Jahrhunderts. Sie haben eine ganze Reihe ikonischer Möbelstücke entworfen, die aus den meisten modernen Häusern kaum noch wegzudenken sind. Das Team aus Ehemann und -frau hat...
Houzz Tour: A Brooklyn Townhouse Takes a Warm, Contemporary Turn
Softening a traditional boxy shape creates better access and a more interesting look for a Brooklyn family home
Typically a semiattached or attached house shares a property line and wall with a neighbor or two, but not necessarily anything more. And given the ease of communication today, such proximity is no guarantee that we’ll share our lives or secrets with...
Architecture and the Art of the Wall
See how common building materials can become uncommonly beautiful displays of color, pattern, texture and light
One of the downsides of modern architecture is that expression is often relegated to manufacturers’ products. Choices of glass, metal panel, brick, whatever the case may be, determine a modern house’s character to a large degree. Still, architects...
Houzz Tour: Reinvigorating a Gable Eichler for a Family
Its classic open atrium remains, but updates help this California home meet today’s codes and quality standards
Joseph Eichler was a man with a plan who was in the right place at the right time. He was a developer of modern homes in the 1950s and ’60s, and the 11,000 homes of his were created when families were looking for single-family homes outside of cities....
Concrete Block Style
Concrete Masonry Units — CMU for short, but also known as concrete blocks or cinder blocks — are basically oversized bricks (typically 8” deep by 8” tall by 16” wide). They usually serve utilitarian purposes: retaining walls, foundations, structural...
Material Choices: High Marks for Reinforced Concrete
The second in my series of ideabooks on industrial materials looks at reinforced concrete, defined as concrete strengthened with steel reinforcing, be it bars or mesh. Concrete is a material that excels in compression, so the addition of steel, which...
Cylinders — More Than Architects’ Pipe Dreams
In the kit of parts of modern architecture, one finds plenty of boxes (especially glass ones) as well as gables...
Houzz Tour: A Brooklyn Warehouse Brims With Light
Skylights and generous glass brighten an artist’s spacious live-work space, while a private garden offers an urban escape
In evolving, postindustrial cities, artists often occupy old industrial buildings to take advantage of the large spaces, natural light, and relatively cheap rents. As New York City neighborhoods like SoHo and Chelsea became popular, they also become...
Houzz Tour: Dressed Up With a Bow Tie in Arkansas
Think “bow tie” and most likely pasta or a gentleman wearing a tux comes to mind, not a house. But Bowtie House is the monicker that Tim Maddox and Tim de Noble of Arkansas’ deMx architecture gave...
Houzz Tour: Towering Above London in a 7-Story Home
As once-industrial portions of cities are being transformed into neighborhoods for living and working, the future of buildings that served as factories, warehouses and more is coming into question. Should they be torn down? Or renovated for uses compatible...
Houzz Tour: Give Me a ‘Y’
The 3-legged plan of this Tennessee house responds to its site with covered outdoor spaces and nature views
As one ventures farther from cities and suburbs, the natural circumstances of a property have greater influence on a house’s design. Trees, soil and the path of the sun are just a few of the considerations that help to shape a house’s plan. This house,...
Breezy and Bug-Free Modern Porches
Screening keeps pests out of these diverse porches across the U.S., while thoughtful designs keep them visually appealing
The brutal winter of 2014 has finally given way to spring and warmer temperatures. So now it’s time to start thinking about what comes with those higher temperatures: bugs. As great as it is to be outside in the spring, summer and fall, it’s even...