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Updated: 2017-01-13T17:48:30-05:00


Charming midcentury time capsule with glorious views is up for auction in Australia


This 1960s house is on the market for the first time ever Another midcentury time capsule this way comes—by way of Brisbane, Australia. Built in the 1960s and impeccably preserved, the five-bedroom is on the market for the first time ever. Comprising two spacious floors of open-plan, indoor-outdoor living, the charming home was designed with an eye for entertaining and features multiple social areas including a bar and covered outdoor entertaining area, a large garden, mountain and city views, and plenty of original architectural details. These include a brick exterior, private verandah on the second level, architraves, cooper-and-stone fireplace, cornices, picture rails, wood paneling, terrazzo flooring, and extensive glazing. The mint-green kitchen is delightfully ’60s, as are the pink-tiled bathrooms and wallpapered-bedrooms, which all include built-ins. Other amenities are a two-car garage and basement workshop. It’s up for auction through Harcourts. What’s your price? Also, check out the adorable video tour below. src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" style="top: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;"> Via: WowHaus [...]

Traffic deaths increased for the second year in a row



Fatalities on U.S. streets last year were higher than previously estimated, and experts say they don’t know why

Safety experts issued a dire report in late 2016: After years of going down, traffic deaths in the U.S. were on track to dramatically increase from the year before—which was also a particularly deadly year. Now the final data is in, and the figure is even worse than the estimates.

During the first nine months of last year, 27,875 people died in crashes, compared to 25,808 fatalities during the same period of 2015—an increase of about 8 percent. And the experts say they can’t explain why.

Historically any kind of spike in traffic deaths correlates with an increase in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT). Over the last few years, VMT has been increasing in the U.S. But when the rate of deaths are compared to the VMT increase, the data doesn’t line up: vehicle-miles traveled only increased by 3 percent during the same period. And the increase in deaths was consistent across the country—not a single region had a safer year than the one before, regardless of VMT.

(image) NHTSA
The percentage change in traffic deaths from 2015 to 2016 for the first nine months of each year

Even the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind, can’t explain what's happening. "We still have to figure out what is underlying those lives lost," Rosekind told the Los Angeles Times. "If it was simple, we would already know that."

But it is actually pretty simple. Traffic deaths are most likely to occur on wide, straight roads where it’s easy for vehicles to speed—a fact that’s now been upheld by a state court ruling. When vehicles are moving 25 miles per hour or less, the people involved in a crash are 90 percent likely to survive. Therefore, the only way to ensure that people stop getting killed is to redesign streets so cars can’t speed—and protect other users of the street from vehicular traffic.

Like every safety report it issues, NHTSA will use this opportunity to push safety innovations like connected and automated vehicles. But as this data shows, until we have fully autonomous vehicles, all the onboard technology in the world isn’t helping to reduce deaths.

By making it all about the vehicles of the future, NHTSA is ignoring a more simple and feasible way to reduce traffic deaths today: Stop planning for cars. This data should be an alarming call-to-action for cities across the country to start making big changes now.

'Floating' timber modern house in the woods offers mod take on rustic



Yes please!

“Rustic” can mean log cabins and taxidermy, but it absolutely doesn’t have to. Case in point: This 3,600-square-foot, timber-glass-and-steel dwelling in St-Adolphe D’Howard, Quebec, Canada, courtesy of Montreal firm MU Architecture.

Designed for clients who insisted the house embrace its sloped site and feel at one with its surroundings (or, at least, as one as an architect-designed holiday home can be), the three-level Estrade Residence—as it’s called—is made of a series of stacked black-stained and unvarnished cedar volumes that appear to float on a hefty base.

Inside, light-filled open plan spaces flow from one to the other in the way we’ve come to expect from modern homes, but with a warmth we don’t always find. It helps that the floors and ceilings—as well as the backs of some built-in shelving, as in the living room—are made of light wood of varying widths. It’s no small thing, too, that broad windows and sliding doors let sunlight and air in.

Because what’s a vacation home without a jacuzzi and a pool, there’s one on the grounds. Take a full look around over at Designboom.


Via: Designboom

Incredible Frank Lloyd Wright house with 15 acres and waterfall asks $8M


The Tiranna house was built in 1955 and is located on 15 acres in New Canaan, CT 2016 saw a host of noteworthy Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes go up for sale—and the trend seems to be continuing into the new year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Tiranna, a 1955-built residence named after the aboriginal word for “running waters,” has just gone on the market in New Canaan, Connecticut. Purchased by memorabilia mogul and philanthropist Ted Stanley and his wife Vada about 20 years ago, the incredible 15-acre property, also known as the Rayward-Shepherd House and the John L. Rayward House, has been well-preserved after undergoing an extensive restoration that also added a few updates. The horseshoe-shaped house measures nearly 7,000 square feet and is arranged around a courtyard and includes seven bedrooms, eight baths, expansive open-plan living space, a rotating steel-and-glass observatory on the roof, wood paneling throughout, built-ins like storage, shelving, and furniture, multiple fireplaces—including one with a gold-leaf chimney, carved beams, floor-to-ceiling windows, a greenhouse, guest studio, and so much more. The hemicycle is situated beside the Noroton River and a waterfall and is surrounded by woods. Other amenities include a swimming pool, tennis court, a large barn, and original gardens and landscaping Frank Okamura and Charles Middeleer. Located at 432 Frogtown Road, this one-of-a-kind home is available for $8,000,000 through Houlihan Lawrence. Via: Archinect [...]

These cool midcentury home and design ads are everything you'd expect



You’ll love this

Here’s a Fun Friday Thing that also seems like a worthy way to procrastinate: There is a stellar digital database, called AdSausage, with over 40,000 vintage advertisements just waiting for your perusal.

The searchable database has it all: from hilarious 1950s and ‘60s advertisements for dishwashers, irons, and ovens, to ‘70s magazine ads for the latest in telephone technology, which stood a far cry from, say, today’s smartphone.

We are, natch, particularly enamored of the “Design” category, which includes a groovy, full-page midcentury Herman Miller Furniture ad for Charles Eames’s Aluminum Group, and the most amazing set of ads for architectural and residential lighting. The spots aren’t just from U.S. magazines, either: In our dive into the archives, we spotted clippings from European journals, too.

The documents were digitized under the supervision of a scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, who, according to AdSausage, oversees the scanning of each page on the site with a “multidetector positron scanner.” This minimizes the dirt and other grime on the originals when scanned and, thus, maximizes our ability to lose hours at a time wading through glorious commercial kitsch of yore.

Take a look over at AdSausage.


Tadao Ando-designed theater in Shanghai features large circular cutouts



The Shanghai Poly Grand Theater is located in Jiading

The Shanghai Poly Grand Theater is a massive glass-and-concrete rectilinear building that features circular cutouts and recesses—like holes on a block of Swiss cheese—that are open to the public and exposed to the air.

Located in Jiading, a suburban district in northwestern Shanghai, and situated right by Yuanxiang Lake, the structure was designed by Pritzker-winning architect Tadao Ando and comprises a concrete block enclosed within a glass and aluminum facade, which, with the “holes,” adds a touch of lightness to the edifice.

The tunnel-like openings, of which there are five, take on the outlines of semi-circles or two overlapping ones and are paneled with aluminum painted in the natural hues of wood. Amphitheater-like with steps leading into the building or onto the rooftop, the cutouts provide an element of dynamism and playfulness to the otherwise minimalist building. Take a look below at photographs by New York-based Yueqi Jazzy Li, then head to Dezeen for more.


Via: Dezeen

The best buildings to see in the Times's places to go in 2017, part 2


More exceptional architecture to augment your annual list of wanderlust bFew things lead to impulsive searches for plane trips faster than the New York Times’s annual 52 Places to Go feature, a roundup of up-and-coming and unexpected travel destinations that, taken together, offer even a seasoned globetrotter something to get excited about. One of the best parts of the feature, the exquisite layout, offers full-bleed photos and videos that transport you to each amazing destination. We went through the list and added our own suggestions for architectural marvels and historic buildings worth adding to the itinerary (here the first half of this year’s list). Consider our list of sights as an addition, or another background on which to project your travel fantasies. FATmaison Gabon Mostly known outside of Africa for its equatorial rain forests and natural wonders, Gabon and its capital, Libreville, also contain plenty of other attractions. While a pair of David Adjaye projects in the works, including a sleek new headquarters for the Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation, are worth keeping an eye on, a great stop on any current itinerary is the Revival Sunset Chapel, a postmodern house of worship built with Carrara marble and Corten steel. Situated in a forest, the chapel was first assembled in Italy, then shipped in containers to Africa. Wikimedia Commons Athens, Greece It’s a capital of classical architecture, to be sure, and there’s nothing quite like taking in the Acropolis at sunset. But the Greek city also has its share of modernist wonders as well, such as Renzo Piano’s recent Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. A prime example is the Walter Gropius-designed U.S. Embassy, featuring a Grecian-style columns, local marble, and an exquisite interior wooden staircase carved by local artisans. Luis Carranza: Flickr/ Creative Commons Northwest Puerto Rico The Times’ highlights a new surf scene taking root on Puerto Rico’s northwest shores. Another highlight of the country’s landscape is the prevalence of Caribbean-inspired modern architecture, a contemporary take on regional styles. In the nearby city of Mayaguez, the ivory-colored Biblioteca General-RUM exemplifies the tropical modernism of Henry Klumb, a German-born architect who spent decades creating striking buildings, such as the University of Puerto Rico campus, and became one of the island’s most famous designers. Beam Borwonputtikun: Flickr/Creative Commons Chiang Mai, Thailand Thailand’s northern capital boasts a mirror-clad modern art museum worth exploring, but no visit is complete without a trip to the city’s impressive ancient temples. The sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, ensconced on a hilltop accessible by a stairway lined with serpent mosaics, is worth the hike, a paragon of Thai architecture in glittering, gilded detail. Odette Estate Winery Napa Valley, California Wine country abounds with architecture for the moneyed set, whether it’s rustic farmhouses or chic bed & breakfasts. The recently opened tasting room for Odette Winery, located in the Stags Leap District, looks like it was airlifted out of Rio, with its perforated white facade. The minimal form of the new building, which is LEED-certified, reflects the winery’s sustainable practices. Eduardo Robles Pacheco: Flickr/Creative Commons Puerto Escondido, Mexico After relaxing on this Pacific beachfront, bohemian tourists can take a trip back in time with the ancient architecture of nearby Monte Alban, near the state capital. Once a center of the Zapotec civilization, this former hilltop city features architectural ruins that date back to 500 BC. Dyniss Rainer: Flickr/Creative Commons Sedona, Arizona Talk about site-specific: built into the red [...]

Old meets new in gorgeous revamp of this 1900s museum



The early-20th century museum has a brand-new wing, too

Renovations and additions of historic museums can go oh so many ways.

This restoration of the Latvian National Museum of Art, in the country’s capital, Riga, shows it can go well. Masterminded by two local firms, Processoffice and Andrius Skiezgelas Architecture, the monumental revamp of the nearly 90,000-square-foot site tackled both the early 20th-century main building’s facade and a reimagining of its interior spaces, as well as the addition of a new, underground wing, illuminated by skylight. It opened last May.

The old-meets-new vibe is very much present, right down to the building materials: Board-formed concrete and steel in the new wing meet the herringbone wood floors and neoclassical, Art Deco, and Vienna Secessionist flourishes in the original structure—from ceiling molding, to door frames, and stained-glass transom windows.

Take a look around and see more over on Designboom.

The early 1900s Latvian National Museum of Art now has a new underground extension, which is illuminated by a skylight, at center.
Here, herringbone-wood floors and a monumental neoclassical door frame (also wood) meet the clean lines of a new staircase.
The museum’s new wing, built underground, is illuminated by a skylight.

Via: Designboom

Lloyd Wright home with killer Hollywood views asks $2.5M


The 1949 home was designed for an actor Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Location: Los Angeles, California Price: $2,495,000 A home by Lloyd Wright—Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr., that is—has gone on the market in Los Angeles, and it’s quite the looker. Built in 1949 for actor Daniel De Jonghe and enhanced by John Powell, the 2,100-square-foot two-bedroom perches on a ridge top in the Hollywood Hills with panoramic views of downtown and features a long, low profile and is constructed out of glass, stone, concrete, and wood. The interior spaces flow both inward and outward, enhancing the connection to the outdoors by way of decking and expansive windows, while geometric shapes figure throughout the home, as in the triangular island in the kitchen and an overhang lining the perimeter of the sitting room. The property includes two large stone fireplaces and a private office. Located at 9028 Crescent Drive, it’s asking $2,495,000. Via: The Spaces [...]

New urban park in Dallas will be one of America’s biggest


The $600 million park will be 11 times bigger than Central Park Dallas, Texas, is prepped to become one of the “greenest” cities in the United States. The city is building a 10,000-acre nature district along the Trinity River, and the $600 million park will be more than 11 times the size of New York City’s Central Park. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the Trinity River Park hopes to transform a Dallas floodplain into a lush recreation space. The project is focused on two goals: cultivating civic spaces and improving the natural landscape. The civic spaces—playgrounds, fountains, plazas, and lawns for picnicking—aim to connect the city with the river. Organizers also hope that the park will bridge the gap between the city’s poorer southern sector and the wealthier north. The landscape design, on the other hand, wants to protect the city from extreme flooding by using riparian vegetation to restore the river’s ecological function and natural beauty. According to Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the park will be accessible even during 10-year storms. All sports fields and paved trails will be elevated and located farthest from the river. Five bridges will connect the park to the city center. Voters first approved a Trinity River Park in a 1998 bond referndum, but the project has been tied up in red tape ever since. According to the Dallas News, the project received a recent boost in October 2016 when Annette Simmons—the widow of billionaire Harold Simmons—donated $50 million to help fund 285 acres. This particular section of the park will be called the Harold Simmons Park and is set to be complete by 2021. Taken together, the larger nature district has been ongoing since the early 2000s, with over $609 million being spent on trails, a bridge, a horse park, golf course, and community center. Some question whether the new park will in fact be flood-proof. Before the new sections of the park break ground, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will need to approve the plans. [...]