Monday, January 30, 2012

Sleek Home Fortress Design

I've been working on about a dozen articles that are in various stages of development and will try to get back to a regular posting schedule very soon, but for now I thought I would post this interesting clip of a monolithic residential construction project outside of Warsaw, Poland.



I'm not sure that the stark, bunker-like architectural features of the main house will have aesthetic appeal to many outside of devoted modernists and survivalists, but the visual lines could always be spruced up with some titanium curves(a la Gehry/Bilbao Guggenheim) or perhaps a copper ziggurat-style tower (a la Said Business School at Oxford). In any case, I think this type of structure would be particularly striking as a beach house; the sliding fortress walls and drawbridges take the concept of "storm shutters" to the next level, and they would certainly come in handy here in Florida during a severe hurricane season.

One would think that the interior of the house probably should reflect a crypto-capitalist loft sensibility---hardwood floors, granite tiles, white walls, large and multifunction living spaces, a minimalist approach to furniture, the garage with the Rover and the Aston, the inevitable high-security armory with a brace of tricked-out M4s... Perhaps our old friend Mark Evans could even contribute one of his extraordinary knife-etched leather art pieces to adorn a wall:



(Welsh artist Mark Evans made this dramatic samurai scene by slicing and shaving leather with a handful of knives and scalpels)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Temptation and Milking Machines

Important life lessons are captured in this musical from the 90s: