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Will John Lautner’s Rehabilitation Center be Demolished?

We cringe at the thought of losing even the most obscure designs by modern masters like John Lautner. That’s why we were saddened to hear of the impending demolition of the Crippled Children’s Society Rehabilitation Center, which was designed by Lautner in 1979 and is now called the Paul Weston Work Center.

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Recently, new owners submitted a proposal to demolish the place, with plans to replace it with an eldercare facility. The Los Angeles Conservancy was quick to act, testifying at a hearing on May 20th with concerns that the structure still has architectural significance. Now it’s just a waiting game to find out the final decision. Do you think it’s worth saving?

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Photos courtesy of LA Conservancy and the San Fernando Valley Blog.

By |July 17th, 2014|1 Comment

Architecture Spotlight: The Color Orange

Our recent release of the Slice Shell Chair has us channeling all things orange. As it turns out, there exists a great deal of stunning architecture is varying shades of the deliciously bright color.

The Orange Cube in Lyons, Franc, designed by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects

This new commercial and cultural complex in Lyon, France was designed as part of an urban planning project to replenish the docks of Lyon. The five-story orthogonal cube plays off the fluid movement of the river Saône, exploring the effects of subtraction
and voids on the quality and generation of space.

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Moderna Museet Malmö in Sweden, by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Moderna Museet Malmö is a branch of the main Moderna Museet museum in Stockholm. The extension provides a new entrance and reception space, as well as a cafeteria and a new upper gallery. Its perforated orange facade both connects to the existing brick architecture and introduces a contemporary element.

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La Ville Intelligente in Paris, France by Jakob + MacFarlane Architects

‘La Ville Intelligente’ is a temporary feature within the Parc de la Villette of Paris. Conceived for the Hellodemain Exposition, the continuous form is an interpretation of the orange brand ‘DNA’ gesturing towards the established intelligent city theme.

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My Green World in Venlo, Netherlands by 2D3D Design

My Green World is an impressive seed-shaped pavilion encased in sustainably-harvested Finnish hardwood. The project from 2D3D was originally commissioned for the Floriade 2012 Expo in the Netherlands by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.

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Zenith Europe in Strasbourg, France by Massimiliano Fuksas

By its playful form and character, the Zenith music hall contributes to the great Varietee Theaters which were built since the Zenith building in Paris was erected in 1984. It will be the new attraction which will give impulses to the future development of the city’s infrastructure.

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By |July 16th, 2014| Comment

Books to Read: Artists’ Handmade Houses

If you haven’t read Michael Gotkin’s book that uncovers the homes of prominent American artists and craftsmen, you’re missing out on a real gem. With the help of photographer Don Freeman, Gotkin illustrates the beauty and distinction that sets apart the homes of artists. See more in Artists’ Handmade Houses.

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Photography by Don Freeman

By |July 15th, 2014| Comment

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