Do you ever see those floating boxes on Mission Creek by AT&T park? Those are homes! And the Decoist highlights a spectacular one here.
Ok, it would be too perfect if the owners were the JETsons! Seriously folks, this is the ultimate upcycle project.
From Earth911: Now up in the remote hills of Malibu, Calif., a home has just been built using an even more unconventional waste material – an old Boeing 747 aircraft – and the results are breathtaking. Aptly named “Wing House,” the home uses both of the plane’s wings for the majority of its roof, while the tail section’s two stabilizers make up the roof for the master bedroom.
To inaugurate the release of the Great Gatsby, here is my Art Deco How-To video for my San Francisco Chronicle Series called Real Estate Real Simple. Art Deco is one of my all time eras in design, the decadence the glitz and glamour! The Great Gatsy is also one of my favorite books (the capitalist commentary, haves and the have-nots, the laissez-faire!). The newly released Great Gatsby film, starring Leo Dicaprio & Tobey Maguire, is a visual homage to this fabulous period of art and design. Folks, I could watch the film with the sound off! I was visually drowning in all the details, costumes, architecture. Wow! My only disappointment was that the film left out the homoeroticism between Nick Carraway and Gatsby (I recall that gay undertones too when I read it in high school...I thought it was hormones, but maybe not...at least per Salon Magazine)
NY Times: New Fire Island Pavilion Erected on "Inherently Erotic Landscape" & "Architecture of Seduction"...Wow, Somebody is Thirsty!
Back in the day, the gay (male) glitterati like Calvin Klein, David Geffen descended upon Fire Island (immortalized in by the Village People, see below) and partied up a storm. The Pavilion nightclub burned to the ground & has recently been rebuilt! The New York Times discusses the architecture of that time and a reflection of the sexually charged gay male culture of Fire Island. Yeah, basically, it was paradise for exhibitionists!
From New York Times:
Gayest Buildings in America: San Francisco is Prominently Featured...No Surprise
California Home + Design Magazine spotlights the gayest buildings. Many of these historical gems are gone now. I would love to hear from anyone who frequented these places! Please share any memories!
Flashy Shipping Containers as Homes...But Arent These Just Glorified Trailer Homes?!
Can you believe these are shipping containers?! io9 runs down some great homes places that were once shipping containers. I'm all about upcycling (hellooo I turned my skirt into a pillow on live TV! ) but aren't these just really fancy mobile homes?! LOL!
One57 is NYC's Tallest Building. If You Don't Live Here, You Ain't Part of the 1%!
Soaking In This Luxury Tub, I Can't Help But Feel Like Top Ramen. Toss in Some Bath Salts & MSG, Please!
Oh wait, this was built in Singapore. Prolly different rules there....Also, explains how clean it looks!
Asha Tea House is my new favorite Berkeley tea joint! Not just because their tea is delish (HK Milk Tea is my staple) but because the level of detail and design owner David Lau and designer Diana Lui put into it is astonishing! In true Millenial fashion these 2 blogged about the Asha story, from demolition to grand opening. I think all people who remodel their homes/business should memorialize the process. 'Before & After' pix just aren't enough now! We want to see the In-Between! Read my article for BerkeleySide here about Asha's tea and store design!
French shutterbug Aurelien Villette shoots "l'architecture oubliée." It's depressingly gorgeous et j'adore!!!
VIDEO: How to Buy Bungalows!
My Home Decor video series for the San Francisco Chronicle continues. Today's topic is "large window styles"! Click my pic to open. What are your favorite window styles?
(VIDEO): How to Buy Bungalows!
Watch this proposed design whereby a parking structure transforms into a housing structure! In theory it works, but what if people are on different schedules? And moving the furniture everyday so the apt can collapse will be a pain. Probably best for long distance commuters or business travelers! What do you think?
New Sky Condo building has windows that remind of me nose hairs! If I lived inside a condo like that, I'd feel like a booger.
Check out the SeaOrbiter, the worlds 1st vertical standing ship that is self sustained! French architect Jacques Rougerie & NASA designed this $52.7M project to study the ocean for long periods of time. I suspect if this is a success, it won't be long before this gets commercialized and fleets of these are built for those who never want to set foot on land again!
The Absolute Towers in Canada just snagged the award for Best Tall Buildings in the Americas. I can see why they're dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe of Skyscrapers." Look at those voluptuous curves!
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