Archive for December, 2012


The Gold Standard!

December 26, 2012

Site House

Few would disagree that a single family home is still, in most of the world,  the gold standard for a family lifestyle, followed closely and conditioned by location, which trumps the ideal to the extent that even the most irregular site is made to work architecturally.  Here is where an architect performs his/her magic.  It would be great fun to see the interior of this little gold (pun intended) house which has, not only been carefully contoured to its pie shaped site, but also designed so that the low gable and shed roofs reinforce the silhouette of its hillside location.


India, Part IV: Moderninism in a Guilded Cage

December 13, 2012

IMG_0061-op IMG_0062-opThe Modern Architecture that I studied was void of ornament to the extent that only mass produced furniture expressing the industrial aesthetic was allowed, a rule that has been ignored by Indian designers ever since Modernism arrived on home shores, and resulting in the decoration of everyday homes with ethnic abandon.  The affect is fascinating and there are often happy accidents, like the fact that Eastern Style furniture arrangements, where the seating is place symmetrically around a table in the middle of the room, fit perfectly into a modernist box, or how concrete floors provide a perfect base for local marble, or how window and door penetrations require decorative grill work to keep the monkeys  out and allow the air to flow in, or how site cast concrete moldings and plaster walls demand colored paint and gilding like a bride at her wedding.