March 13, 2013 |
When it comes to family homes, modern architecture can be a tough sell. Often minimal and impossibly clutter-free, modern design also generates another common complaint: It's too cold, too austere. But designer and builder Noah Walker recently conceived a Manhattan Beach home for Tiffany and Andy Chen and their two boys that is smartly streamlined but still meets their practical needs and retains a warm beauty. Among the family-friendly features: a second-floor mezzanine that serves as a rumpus room for the kids, a kitchen sink that the designer calls the “command and control” center, with sightlines to kids playing in the family room as well as in the backyard, and a synthetic lawn the busy family prefers to real grass.
March 11, 2013 |
Much of the time Los Angeles can feel like a huge, messy jigsaw puzzle, with pieces left out - a city that evolved by accident. Parts of it don't work, parts of it seem newly broken, parts are truly luminous - but hidden - and they all seem to have nothing to do with each other. But Christopher Alexander sees things differently. "There was this desire, this strategy, this intent to have Los Angeles evolve in a manner that was unlike any other city," says one of the curators behind the Getty's new Pacific Standard Time architecture initiative.
March 8, 2013 |
There's sure to be much to pore over in "Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990," the ambitious anchor show of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time series on modern architecture in and around Los Angeles. But it's on the periphery of this giant undertaking, which is funding nine major exhibitions and will sprawl across the calendar from early spring to midsummer, where the real surprises are most likely to be found. That's especially true of the shows aiming to look beyond well-known midcentury landmarks and reassess the work of the L.A. architects who emerged in the 1960s and '70s and challenged orthodox modernism in a range of ways.
March 1, 2013
Drawing from Japanese and Midcentury Modern architecture, this house was designed to showcase an extensive art collection. A mix of natural materials, including redwood, limestone, oak and Bouquet Canyon stone, gives the house a dramatic appearance from the street. Location: 818 N. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $12.5 million Year built: 1999 Architects: Leonardo Umansky, Ramiro Diaz-Granados House size: Four bedrooms, six bathrooms, 9,302 square feet Lot size: 19,132 Features: Retractable walls, glass doors, high ceilings, fireplaces in the living and family rooms, sculptured dining room ceiling, breakfast room, office, gym, art storage room, swimming pool, lawn About the area: Last year, 316 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.83 million, according to DataQuick.
February 2, 2013 |
The Palm Springs Modernism Show may not begin until Feb. 14, but tickets are selling fast for many of the architecture tours during the related 11-day celebration of desert design. Already bought your tour tickets to Sunnylands and the William Cody glass house? Consider yourself lucky. Those events have sold out. But tickets are still available for selected tours as well as lectures and films , and the modern living, vintage car and vintage trailer expos . Limited tickets were released Friday for tours of the Frey House II, above, architect Albert Frey's home built high in the San Jacinto Mountains overlooking Palm Springs.
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February 1, 2013 |
Balthazar Korab, an architect-turned-photographer with a wide-ranging eye whose moody, polished images captured the spirit of midcentury modern architecture and celebrated its masters, including Eero Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe, died Jan. 15 in Royal Oak, Mich. He was 86. Korab, who lived in Troy, Mich., died after a long period of decline caused by Parkinson's disease and a stroke, said his son, Christian Korab. A refugee from Communist-controlled Hungary, Korab came to the United States in 1955 and found work as a designer in Saarinen's Bloomfield, Mich., office.