Monday, January 16, 2012

Most wanted Mondays - whimsical retreats

As a designer I think it is only natural to have a deep appreciation for architecture. It is design in which the viewer can take in and literally inhabit. Sometimes I wish I were brilliant enough to be the next Mies van der Rohe, Oscar Niemeyer, Zaha Hadid, or Frank Gehry - but at least I can sit back in awe and enjoy their work. Today Most wanted Mondays is a compilation of beautiful architecture - with a focus on architecture interacting with it's environment - examples that I love and hope you will enjoy.

Inspiration to write this specific post came from watching a documentary on Mies van der Rohe’s, Farnsworth House. The house was completed in 1951 and is located in Plano, Illinois (why I haven't visited this site yet is beyond me - I may have to get married here - no joke!). Please visit the Farnsworth House's website HERE for more information. One lovely piece from the website which I think sums up the house is, "Every physical element has been distilled to its irreducible essence. The interior is unprecedentedly transparent to the surrounding site, and also unprecedentedly uncluttered in itself. All of the paraphernalia of traditional living –rooms, walls, doors, interior trim, loose furniture, pictures on walls, even personal possessions – have been virtually abolished in a puritanical vision of simplified, transcendental existence. Mies had finally achieved a goal towards which he had been feeling his way for three decades." *Sigh. Here the house is in all of it's splendor.

Located in Plano, Illinois - images by - JON MILLER, HEDRICH BLESSING, Farnsworth house.

Here are a few more places to drool over :]

Located in the Swiss Alps - VILLA VALS.

Located in Oregon - THE WILKINSON RESIDENCE.

Located in New York - PRYOR RESIDENCE.

Located in Ontario - CLIFF HOUSE.

**Please note all of the images are from the architect's/buildings websites and are cited below (click on the buildings name for more information)**

18 comments:

  1. That villa built into the hill! Be still my heart!

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  2. Wow, what interesting houses. The first one kind of reminds me of the house on The Lake House but it's not on a lake. Anyways, such cool places. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I wish i could borrow some of these homes for a few weekends a year...they are so unique and would be an awesome getaway just to chill inside all weekend and never leave!

    Aesthetic Lounge

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    1. I agree! These places need to be shared.

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  4. Wow. The Villa in Oregon took my breath away. Love these!
    -Alyssa

    www.pinchoflyss.blogspot.com

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    1. I would love to live in a tree house :]

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  5. Wow! These are really amazing!

    http://thecharleygirl.com

    xxoo

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    1. :] I can't decide though if I would like an ultra modern house like these or a traditional one.

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  6. The one in Oregon is just perfect, when can I move in hehehe

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    1. !! I want to visit Oregon so badly, it seems like they have the coolest things to do and see.

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  7. Those are amazing!! I'd love to go away right now!!

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  8. These are incredible! I can't imagine what it takes to build some of these - like the Wilkinson residence or the Villa. I can't imagine living in a home like this either, it's like living in a physical piece of art. I love architecture, thanks for sharing.

    <3Honeysuckelle

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    1. I would be deathly afraid of ever moving anything out of place or making a mess but they sure look lovely :]

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  9. That's it, Pryor's....I'm moving in! Have you ever seen the BBC series, 'Grand Designs'? We're additcted.
    toni xo

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    1. *sigh, no. Unfortunately I don't have cable. Buttt I will try to find that online. Thank you for the heads up :]

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