The House On Fire Island
They waited for the sun to be at just the right height to take this photo. The sky looks amazing.
Coates Design / Ellis Residence

I only post architecture when I absolutely fall in love with it, and mostly, I love Shelby from Wanken fame’s take on architecture. I never disagree with the guy…really on anything. So when I open up ISO50’s site today I’m greeted with a great house designed by the cool people of Coates Design posted by Shelby.

Here’s an excerpt from the post to show you that it’s eco-friendly and that I care about that kind of stuff…

"The architects of the project, Coates Design, built this 2,560 sq. ft. contemporary home from materials of the pre-existing structure. They then implemented geothermal, photo-voltaic and solar technology solutions in an effort to reduce energy consumption.”

One of the things that I personally love about this, besides the awesome shag carpet, is the location. I love Seattle…definitely one of my favorite places that I’ve lived. So this house fits perfect in my mind. I also think the pictures of the inside feel very open, very comfortable - they did a really good job connecting it as a whole. I’m not a huge fan of the kitchen and how its kind of stuck in a corner. I feel as if the kitchen should be just as open, because that’s one of the places that I like to hang out and fellowship with other people and eat…stuff.

But really…its an amazing house. I call dibs.

[via ISO50]



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The TriBeCa Loft

I have an extensive bucket list - I imagine everybody does, but one of my items is to live in a loft in a well populated city. A lot of people have questioned my love for lofts because of the openness of the apartment, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I’d rather have it open - it makes the room seem bigger. This loft designed by Office of Architecture and Push is a great way to show you how openness can be a good thing and a great thing. They’ve designed a loft that has lots of nooks and crannys for storage of books and miscellaneous. Check out more of it here.


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Lake Forest Renovation

The open space of this house would either scare me or comfort me. I love the look of it, but depending on where the house is located - it would be interesting to live in a house where the walls are 80% windows. Either way…I love the design of the remodeling job. The openness of it almost has a remote bungalow feel. I would not mind that - at all.

[via Architizer]


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One could argue that there is little romance to be found in Edward Burtynsky’s portrayals of decay, but we happen to find photographs of steel machinery ever-so-slightly sexy. 
Norman Mailer’s Brooklyn Heights Home

Norman Mailer's former home in Brooklyn Heights is for sale. Mr. Mailer is seen here, in that home, in 1998. Mr. Mailer died in 2007. Following the death last year of the author’s sixth and last wife, Norris Church, Mr. Mailer's son Michael Mailer returned to the apartment and is now preparing to put it on the market, with the proceeds to be split among his father’s nine children.

The apartment is a top-floor walk-up in a 25-foot-wide townhouse at 134 Columbia Heights; the asking price is $2.5 million, and furniture and furnishings are negotiable.

Time jump ahead for more pictures of the apartment…

When the author remodeled the apartment more than four decades ago, he set himself a challenge by designing a space that resembled a jungle gym at sea. “He had a vertigo problem,” said his son. “So this was designed partially to conquer that fear.”

The roof was raised and modeled after a crow’s nest on a ship, with a series of slender ladders leading up two flights, with landings and small rooms, resembling tiny galleys, on each floor.

In the author’s raucous younger years there was a hammock strung up between the rafters, a trapeze swing dangling from the ceiling and a rope ladder, providing a more adventurous way to scale the apartment.

It’s interesting how seeing his house makes me want to buy one his books…like I just got a glimpse into his world and I like it…and I want more.

[via NY Times]


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Big Tree House

14 years of building a glorified tree house, Horace Burgess has completed the making of his dream.

"It rises 97 feet into the sky, the support provided by a live, 80-foot-tall white oak 12 feet in diameter at its base. Six other trees brace the tower-like fortress, but Burgess says its foundation is in God. The treehouse has 10 floors, averaging nine to 11 feet in height by Burgess’s reckoning. He has never measured its size but estimates it to be about 8,000 to 10,000 square feet. He did count the nails that he has hammered into the wood — 258,000, give or take a few hundred. And he guesses he has sunk about $12,000 into the project."

"The treehouse is topped by a chime tower weighing 5,700 pounds; the chimes were fashioned from 10 oxygen acetylene bottles."

[via Fubiz & USAToday]

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