Tag Archives: Architecture

Kendrick Bangs Kellogg designed Joshua Tree rock house for sale


For the first time since its construction, this architectural master piece is on the market. Kendrick Bangs Kellogg designed it for Beverly Doolittle and her husband in the late eighties. They had bought a rocky hillside plot in desolate Joshua Tree National Park, and wanted something that blended in with its naked surroundings. That Kellogg succeeded might be proven by the fact that this home is relatively unknown. Maybe people never spotted it. The roof looks likes a large ribcage carved out of pebbles. The colour is a slightly duller hue than the red rocks it is surrounded with, but it almost looks as if it was shaped by nature.

Kendrick Bangs Kellog’s villain lair – pictures by TTK

It’s spectacular nonetheless. LA Curbed.com describes it as a supervillain lair, and it very well could be indeed! It can be yours for $3000.000. Check the original listing here.

Living room – pictures by TTK

Bedroom – pictures by TTK

The roof looks like a rock carved rib cage – pictures by TTK

 

 

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Cartoon-like home in Thailand cost just $8.000 to build!


It reminded me of the Maison Bulles house for Pierre Cardin on the French south coast. And it reminded me of another real live version of the Flinstones’ home. Either way, this is a clever piece of work. The owner built this wonderful little home for as little as $8.000. His name is Steve Areen, once a flight attendant for Delta, now non conventional entrepeneur making money with music, photography, blogging and, as this project shows, by saving money on living costs. He used materials sources from the local area and did most of the work himself saving on labour costs. It took him only 6 weeks nonetheless.

Dome house by Steve Areen / photo: Inhabitat.com

Dome house by Steve Areen / photo: theownerbuildernetwork.com

Dome house bathroom by Steve Areen / Photo: Inhabitat

Dome house by Steve Areen / photo: Izona

Tuscany


We just got back from a wonderful holiday in Italy and Switzerland. Here some images of the Tuscan splendor to feast your eyes on!

Tuscan stairs

Tuscan stairs

Murlo

Murlo

Montalcino

Montalcino

Montalcino

Montalcino

Buonconvento

Buonconvento

Buonconvento

Buonconvento

What $2.950.000 buys you in New York.. and in Amsterdam


A recent post on one of my favourite blogs, The Real Estalker, featured a modest two bedroom apartment in NYC. I am no newbie to international real estate so know that prices tend to be, well, insane there, but this surprised me. The 1,486 square feet apartment is listed for $2,950.000….

Don’t get me wrong.. it’s a nice place, but $2.950.000? really??

Granted; the views are amazing, and having windows in both the bathroom and kitchen are rare in this city, but still…. $2,950.000???????

Let’s stop and have a closer look. First, let’s get this in metrics; $2,950.000 equals about €2.225.000 and 1486 square feet is about 138 square meters. I am actually wondering if, based on the floor plan, that figure is not a bit of a fib, but let’s say that square footage is a hard fact. Now come join me and find out what that price tag gets you in my home town Amsterdam, shall we?

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I give you, the floor plan of just one floor of our soon to be revealed mystery home

I wish I could get a sharper image, but I am confident that you can see that this home (yes home, not apartment) is a tad bit bigger than the NYC listing. It is situated on one of Amsterdam’s famous canals; Leliegracht. It’s listed for exactly €2.225.000 and for that you get 13 rooms spread over a total of 500 square meters (5382 square feet). But the real treat is the garden! The back of the house is double width so the garden is huge with a lot of privacy. It borders the neighbouring gardens so the city seems far, far away.

The House is situated on a lovely, treelined canal

The House is situated on a lovely, treelined canal

The home would not be fully available for use though. The second floor consists of two self-contained studio apartments that are rented out. But this, in turn, gives you a bit of cash each month, lowering the monthly payments. And the current tenant is willing t discuss a move. That’ll cost you a so called ‘oprotpremie’ (severance pay). Mind you, there is still more than enough private space, and the studio’s make use of their own separate entrance. The one downfall really is parking, or rather, the lack there-off. No private parking means you are subjected to the bureaucratic hell that is parking laws in Amsterdam. If you did not leave behind a house in the same area, you might be looking at a waiting list for one spot. But then again, the building fees of the apartment in NYC are a staggering $2668 a MONTH, which is more than enough to rent two parking spots somewhere nearby.

The main floor boasts a wonderful formal living room and eat-in kitchen with doors leading to the garden

The main floor boasts a wonderful formal living room and eat-in kitchen with doors leading to the garden

Lush gardens, with several spots to follow the course of the sun

Lush gardens, with several spots to follow the course of the sun

The house is old, built in 1900. Which is actually relatively young for its location as most homes on Amsterdam canals are from the 18th, sometimes even 17th Centuries. It’s a monument, which does mean that you are limited in what you can change or do with the home. But anything you do, you can do subsidised! Ahhh, the joy of living in a socialist state 😉

The house actually looks older than it's 114 years.

The house actually looks older than it’s 114 years.

So, I guess it’s safe to assume living in NYC comes with a price. A high price. And here we are, Dutch ‘disgruntleds’, complaining about the price of real estate in our capitol…… I dare not compare the other way around; checking to see what a private residence with garden on Manhattan would cost. I guess it’s more though.

Check out the website of Todd Selby… now!


You are going to hate me for this because for the next couple of hours, you’ll be staring at your screen. Photographer, illustrator and journalist Todd Selby’s website The Selby is extremely addictive. His photographic portraits of homes and the people who live there are very inspiring.

PACO PINTÓN AND CHIQUINHO AT HOME IN MADRID. photo: The Selby

OTTO SANDER & MONIKA HANSEN photo: The Selby

ANDY SPADE AND KATE SPADE Photo: The Selby

 

HERVE PIERRE Photo: The Selby

 

If online is not enough for you, you might want to consider Todd Selby’s book, available here at Homevoyeurs. 

The Selby Is in Your Place was conceived when fashion and interiors photographer Todd Selby began taking portraits of dynamic and creative people—authors, musicians, artists, and designers—in their home environments and posting them on his web site. Nosy by nature, he wanted to see how personal style was reflected in private spaces. Lucky for us, he found his answer in the color-rich and eclectic quarters of a diverse group of subjects, including Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, Faris Rotter, Andre Walker, and Olivier Zahm, in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, and London. Each profile is accompanied by Selby’s watercolor portraits of the subjects and objects from their homes, and illustrated questionnaires, which Selby asks each sitter to fill out. This book consists of over thirty profiles, many of which have never-before-seen, selected exclusively for the book. The result is a collection of unique spaces bursting with energy and personality that together create a colorful hodgepodge of inspirational interiors.

The Selby Is In Your Place by Todd Selby

 

Skycraper designers forgot to design elevators


It was designed as a beacon of prosperity – the Intempo Skyscraper in Benidorm. A proud building to show that the popular beach town was not affected by the crunch. In a rush of greed and over-excitedness, the design was changed from an original 20 storey building, to a 47 storey one. Too bad they didn’t redesign the elevator shafts and room for technical equipment, as the space needed for elevators serving 47 floors is now simply not available. The building however, as the images shows, is near completion.

Photo: Gizmodo / Economia – The designers of this building forgot to design elevators

Mosaic tile floors


Not just for in the bathroom or kitchen!

Mosaic floor in Barcelona apartment (photo: Dezeen.com)

Photo Corbis/ivillage.com

photo: cococozy.com

photo: cocozy.com