Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Architecture by Michal Vesely -- that's the name of a Facebook page that I stumbled on courtesy of another Facebooker.  Vesely may be an architect himself (the description of him is a little vague), but he is a first-rate architectural photographer of others' work.  There are slightly over 100 pictures in his photo album and these are just a smattering of things that caught my eye:

A fluid use of floor"boards" and stair treads that swoop up to become the continuation of the staircase.

This one terrified Fritz completely.

This one I really love; there's an elegance to it and a sensuous, almost "draped" feel to the room, set off by the simple geometrics of the furniture.

A time there was when architects proved their virility by putting up huge vertical buildings, one after another, but each one taller than the most recent competition.  That began to change with advances in engineering and materials that made cantilevering progressively longer and heavier structures out from the main building mass possible.  The condo building (above), "swing house" and the "tree house" (in order, below) are good examples of the ever-more common outward thrust architecture.

More interior design than architecture, but with a whimsical quality that I really liked: wallpaper becomes shelving.
A music school in Malaysia.  The undulating grass roof is the same concept as the new café in New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. 
As a man named William, I really liked this one!


Last Friday we received the last of the big deliveries of perennials and shrubs that are part of our landscape/garden plan.  We may add an ornamental tree or two next fall, but with this delivery and the big effort involved with planting it (steep terrain, rock-filled soil poor in organic matter and requiring a lot of peat moss and composted manure) the transformation of the barren landscape left after the house's construction is complete.

This new garden sits just downhill from the three raised vegetable garden terraces.  To the right, there's a precipitous ten foot or so drop to the swale behind the house.  Plants here include silver artemisia, hyssopus, achillea tormentosa, bee balm, lavender, nepeta, and a perennial version of dianthus.  The bark-covered paths above and below this garden are new, as is the retaining wall.  I left clumps of native fern at the top of the retaining wall and several wild sweet ferns (actually not a fern but a woody shrub) on the top of the cliff at the right to add some variety.  Four low-growing juniper are on the other side and downhill of this garden and not visible here.

I refer to this as the "paisley garden" because of its shape typical of paisley prints.  Plants here include low bush blueberry, germander, caryopterist, nepeta blue wonder, veronica and, in the lowest, thinnest section mostly concealed by the next section above it, waldstinia and grape hyacinths.

The pile of rocks at the bottom of the picture is typical of what had to be dug out of the soil everywhere on the property in order to get a plant in the ground.  The very big rock further down and to the right has a smaller rock on top of it, both of them coming out of the same hole.  The big one weighs somewhere between 55 and 65 pounds.

This section is down the hill in front of the house, a border on one side of the walk that leads up to the house.  Down right is a row of Clara Curtis chrysanthemum, behind which are two hydrangea and, behind them a calycanthus.  Then, going up the hill next to the walk are iberis purity, miscanthus, florentinium yellow archangel, white bomb chrysanthemum,  perennial dianthus and veronica.

I started today the job of picking up all the rocks and smaller stones that were dug out of the ground during the planting.  There enormous numbers of them, but I have another outdoor art project going on that will absorb most if not all of them.  I'm not sure when it will be finished but pictures will be posted once it's far enough along to be comprehensible and, of course, when it's finished.

Love the architecture/design photos! And, as a person named Walt, I like that last one the best!

The garden looks spectacular. It will be truly amazing as it matures over the years to come. :)
LOVE the architecture photographs. Especially the music school in Malaysia. Now, I must go find a Hundertwasser book! :)
how are the ticks?
Less frequent, Michael. As Peter Sellers used to say as Inspector Clouseau, I think we're over the hümp.
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