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From Houses of Maine, a monograph of Elliott + Elliott Architecture.
A studio barn from Houses of Maine—the book is available here.
“House on the Barrens,” from Houses of Maine, a monograph of Elliott + Elliott Architecture. The book is available here from PAPress.
The Frank House by Andrew Geller (1958, Fire Island). It’s pet name was ‘The Cube’ - a beach house fit for man and beast. From Beach Houses (2003) by Alastair Gordon, paperback edition coming soon from PAPress.
Subnature (2009), is the first book to explore a history and theory of nature within and through architecture’s complex and troubled relation with the industrial city. It offers a theory of pollution within architecture outside scientific or solely environmentalist concerns.
Subnature author David Gissen delves into the complex interchange between our built environment and the natural world in ‘CITY OF DUST: ARCHITECTURE AND SUBNATURE IN LOS ANGELES’ in the Summer issue of Artforum.
Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Rio, Emmanuel Ramirez, and Diego Ricalde of MMX Studio (Mexico City)
Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular (Chicago)
Sean Lally of WEATHERS (Chicago)
Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim of STPMJ (Brooklyn)
Michael Szivos of SOFTlab (New York)
Koji Tsutsui of Koji Tsutsui & Associates (San Francisco and Tokyo)
Young Architects 14: No Precedent is available now.
Video by SpiritofSpace.
The Dovecote Studio by Haworth Tompkins Architects
This project is detailed in Old Buildings, New Designs: Architectural Transformations by Charles Bloszies, published in 2012 by PAPress.
I would really rather feel bad in Maine
than feel good anywhere else.
—E. B. White
Maine is a special place. It possesses unique topography and weather, and it commands its inhabitants to adapt to a certain way of living. Residents of this state must be strong, resilient, and have an appreciation for nature. Matthew and Elizabeth Elliott of Elliott + Elliott Architecture built their practice in the spectacularly beautiful, if temperamental, coastal town of Blue Hill, and continually produce high-caliber work that reflects the personality and history of their surroundings.
Elliott + Elliott are inspired by local culture. Sprinkled throughout the book are photographs of natural scenes outside their window: rock walls, tree bark, moss and grass—all to create a sense of “place.” The projects are all heavy with narrative: of place, materials, and Maine itself. How one might experience each residence is important to the designers; they call this “procession,” movement through the space.
Each project is a collection, or cluster, which is indigenous to Maine’s architectural history. The mass of buildings helps to minimize exposure to the elements during the winter months. Continuing with the Maine vernacular is the tendency of Elliott + Elliott to use local materials whenever possible and construct in ways that are quintessentially “Maine” in style, in particular, using methods of shipbuilding as a source of inspiration.
The work is all very traditional, borrowing from time-honored techniques and a “rich, cultural heritage,” yet looks completely modern. The book doesn’t show any photos of the houses during the unforgiving winter months, but the images inherently capture the preparedness of each structure during the milder summers. And each project is displayed so marvelously in the summer’s natural light. The architects designed the residences for maximum exposure, putting walls of windows facing south for communal spaces like the kitchen and living rooms, reserving the north face of the home for areas that require more privacy.
Megan Carey, Senior Editor/Gifts Editor here at PAP, has a particular affinity for Maine. She brought her background—growing up among the lasting winters, “mud season,” and the onslaught of blackflies in the summer—to the process of creating Houses of Maine. Megan very kindly spoke about her experience working with Elliott + Elliott to produce the book. “They were completely collaborative, great to work with,” she says. Both Megan and Benjamin English, the book’s designer, crafted a stunning volume of contemporary Maine residential architecture.
Houses of Maine: Elliott + Elliott Architecture is available now from PAPress
THE GREENEST HOME BOOK PARTY!
Wednesday, June 5
Panel Discussion, 6–7 pm
in Kellen Auditorium
Laura Briggs, Jared Della Valle, Karin Klingenberg, Tim McDonald, and David White; moderated by Julie Torres Moskovitz
Signing and reception, 7–8 pm
in the lobby
Sheila Johnson Design Center
Parsons New School for Design
2 West 13th Street, New York
Julie Torres Moskovitz is the founding principal of the collaborative design firm Fabrica 718 in Brooklyn. She retrofitted New York City’s first certified Passive House in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Only a few days left to catch the Lebbeus Woods exhibit at SFMoMA!
Summer is almost here, get your weekend (A-frame) house ready! Leisure House, Mill Valley, California, 1953, from the book A-frame by Chad Randl.
Artist Eero Saarinen’s list of his wife’s good qualities, ca. 1954, from the Lists, to-dos and illustrated inventories of great artists.
First he recognized that she was very clever. Makes you wonder what first impression you make.
This video vignette by Kontent Partners is a trailer for the Tom Kundig hardware line produced in partnership between 12th Avenue Iron and Olson Kundig Architects. Warning: It may whet your appetite for some Kundig houses. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
This facade treatment on the Brandhorst Museum, comprised of thousands of colorful ceramic rods, will be featured in the upcoming Materials for Design 2. The newly expanded and revised edition adds Masonry to the original five chapters: Glass, Concrete, Wood, Metals, and Plastics. Featuring all new case studies, MFD2 will make a beautiful and useful companion to your Materials for Design (2006).