Phillip Johnson: Beyond the Glass House

We all know (and adore) his magnificent Glass House, but Phillip Johnson doesn’t always receive credit for his many other notable works. The architect’s prolific career lasted almost 70 years, and during that time he designed residences, skyscrapers, churches, conventions centers, and much more – all over the world. Below we take a look at just a few of the amazing structures that were born out of the magnificent mind of Phillip Johnson.


Pennzoil Place in Houston, 1975. Photo by Richard Payne.


PPG Place in Pittsburgh, 1984. Photo by Derek Jensen.


David H. Koch Theater in New York City, 1964. Photo courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts.


Reactor Building in Soreq Israel, 1960. Photo courtesy of Archdaily.


Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, 1981. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.


Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1974. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Examiner.


Kunsthalle in Bielefeld Germany, 1968. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.


The Rockefeller Guest House, 1950. Photo courtesy of Artnet.


New York State Pavilion for the World’s Fair 1964. Photo courtesy of Matthew Silva.


Interfaith Peace Chapel in Dallas, 2005. Photo courtesy of Archpaper.


Plaza de Castilla in Madrid, 2004. Photo by Lucia Uccellatore.


Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas – Houston, 1956. Photo by Jim Parsons.


National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai India, 1985. Photo courtesy of the NCPA.

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Berlin Architects Bring Back a Mid-Century Home in a Big Way

A UNESCO world heritage site is serious business, so when architects Stefan Flachsbarth and Michael Schultz of bfs-design were hired to renovate this potential UNESCO site, they took incredible pains to restore the home to its original minimalist glory.


The house was designed by Eduard Ludwig in 1957 and was featured in the Berlin International Building Exhibition of 1957. Time and multiple owners had transformed the house drastically with unfortunate changes in flooring, landscaping, and color palates. Thanks to Flachsbarth and Schultz, however, today the design remains as close as possible to Ludwig’s original intention.

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All photos courtesy of Gardenista and taken by Annette Kisling.

June 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Inspire Me Monday: Otherwordly Rock House in Joshua Tree


Although not as renowned as some of his mid-century contemporaries, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg was and still is an innovator in organic modern design. His extraordinary work is often breathtaking and awe-inspiring, pushing the limits of structural engineering. The 1986 “Rock House” in the Joshua Tree desert is a prime example. Have you ever seen anything like it?


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Photos courtesy of the New York Times.

June 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Historic Los Angeles Residences, Part 5: Ray Kappe House


The house that Ray Kappe built for his own family is considered his masterwork, as well as one of Southern California’s crown jewels of mid-century architecture. Over 4,000 square feet of wood and glass, the home was built into and on top of a forest hillside, seeming to meld into the landscape around it.

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The home is made up of seven levels, with cantilevered wooden decks, trellises and platforms reaching out into the environment. From inside, views run in every direction, yet at the same time the landscaping provides a natural seclusion. Inside, the four bedrooms have doors, but the rest of the home is pure openness, individual spaces defined and quietly segregated by subtle changes in elevation.

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The Kappe House was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1996 and is still home to Ray and his wife Shelly to this day.

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Source: Los Angeles Times. Photos courtesy of Los Angeles Times and Curbed LA.

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June 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Inspire Me Monday: Eco-Friendly Cabins That Make the Wilderness Look Easy

There’s nothing like the great outdoors to remind us of the importance of sustainable living. Here are four wilderness-adjacent “eco-cabins” that are both lovely and energy-efficient.

“Trek-In” Cabin in The Netherlands by MoodWorks Architecture

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Photos courtesy of Inhabitat.

The Porter Cottage in Maine by Alex Scott Porter Design

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Photos courtesy of Archdaily.

Green Retreat in the Gulf Islands by Olson Kundig

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Eco-Cabin in Washington by Les Eerkes

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 Photos courtesy of Inhabitat.

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June 20th, 2015|0 Comments