Architect Greg Walke sent us this meme circulating on the web. 'Nuff said.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
|Casa Fernandini by Walter Weberhofer (1957).|
I don't know why I have never heard of Walter Weberhofer (1923-2002) at some time during my architectural education. Weberhofer was a prolific modernist architect working in Peru. I recently stumbled across images of his Casa Fernandini (1957) built on the beach at Santa Maria del Mar, Peru. I am embarrassed to admit this design eluded my awareness for so long. It is a dramatic and romantic architectural work of art — worthy of inclusion in any history of Mid Century Modern design.
Casa Fernandini, with its cantilevered decks and horizontal emphasis, is obviously influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater (1939) at Bear Run, Pennsylvania. However, it is not just a knock-off of Wright's work. Casa Fernandini hints at the New Brutalism movement about to emerge as well as being extremely vigorous with angular tension and structural panache. The house also reminds me of sets for the film version of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead (Warner Brothers, 1949.) The set designs by Edward Carrere were panned at the time by the architectural press as a perversion of modern architectural principles. Admittedly they were cartoonish and hyperbolic, but also viscerally enjoyable. Weberhofer's work is like that. Over the top, but fun.
|Set design for The Fountainhead.|
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
|House by the Rock, Grand Lake, Colorado. |
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Sunday, May 10, 2020
As readers of this blog may remember, Siegfried and Roy provided my office with one of our most interesting architectural opportunities: designing a compound on forty acres they owned on the north side of Las Vegas. We had already been working on a large addition to their Jungle Palace complex for fund raising events and entertainment. In 2003 that project was suddenly brought to a halt when Roy was seriously injured during a performance at the Mirage resort. Roy experienced a stroke on stage; one of their white tigers, Montecore, rescued him and dragged him to safety. According to Roy, the tiger saved his life.
|Cabana and pool.|
|Roy's pavilion with chapel in background.|
|West water feature.|
|Chapel bell tower.|
|Complex connected with vine-covered trellises and surrounded by water.|
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
|Albert Speer's "Cathedral of Light".|