Do I need to remind you of designer Tom Ford’s bio? Revitalized Gucci, did the same for Yves Saint Laurent, and now he’s his own man with his own fragrance – and some nearly obscene ads. This man of the world was born in Austin, Texas, and would often travel to New Mexico to visit his grandmother. Ford’s father moved to Santa Fe at one point, and the designer purchased a large tract of land south of town where he constructed this dreamland ranch, designed by master Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The equestrian facility sits amid 24,000 acres, and Ford spends roughly a quarter of each year there – thinking of creative ways to sell perfume, no doubt. (via Curbed; photos: Guido Mocafico/French Vogue)
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Starchitect, Zaha Hadid’s latest design for an 11-story condo at 520 West 28th Street, next to the Highline and also just a few doors down from landmark leather bar the Eagle at number 554. 520 shares a few attributes with the Eagle’s patrons as well: It’s muscular, sexy, wears black well, and likes to show off in public. The building site is now just a razor-wire-enclosed scrapyard, but Ms Hadid’s new plan, her first in New York City, promises to share the street well with all of the other burly buildings on the block. (via New York magazine)
A brilliant and cozy, mysterious and isolated little hideaway in a vast field. Like a fort for grownups. If only we knew where it is. Anyone?
When you’re bored with Beiber selfies and cute kitty pics, you might check out Dutch architecture photographer Iwan Baan’s Instagram feed. In 2010, he won the first Julius Shulman Photography Award for his professional pictures of the world’s greatest structures (top, London’s new Serpentine Gallery Pavillion by Sou Fujimoto) so you can imagine, his Instagram snaps (bottom row) are pretty extraordinary too. And his website is a trip in and around the world’s best buildings. (Instagram photo: Iwan Baan)
Built in 2012 by the design team of Thomas Bercy, Calvin Chen, Dan Loe, Ryan Michael, Brad Purrington, and Agustina Rodriguez from Percy Chen Studios, this brilliantly bisected 1,400 square foot home was commissioned by a science fiction writer enthralled with 21st century human habitation in the urban frontiers of abandoned industrial zones. According toArchDaily: ”The design is inspired by the vernacular of the ‘pit house,’ one of the oldest housing typology in North America used by Native Americans through the ages. This brownfield reclaim project minimized disturbance to the site, as the previous excavations to remove an old Chevron pipeline left a scar on the bluff, the two new green roofed wings sheltering each other from the sun is an attempt to heal the land by restoring the slope and bring wildlife back. This approach addresses the climate of central Texas and utilize thermal capacity of earth to regulate temperature, while the linear courtyard down the center allows fresh air to flow between the bluff and the river below. The courtyard is a theater for observing migrating humming birds, monarch butterflies, even ant colonies…etc, heightening one’s awareness of nature in an urban setting.”
Via LetsBuildAHome: “The Bunkie is a collaborative effort between industrial design firm 608 Design and architectural design firm BLDG Workshop. The two companies share an intense admiration for the other’s work and an affinity for seeking new answers to old problems and processes. In the case of the Bunkie, this involves reduced impact materials and adopting CNC detailing from furniture manufacturing for use in pre-fab construction.”
Spanish interior designer Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde meticulously lays out the fictional layouts of the homes of the Gilmore Girls, the Friends friends, Frasier, and more, bless him. Above are two: Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment and the surprisingly not-too-shabby residence of Lucy and Ricky. (More floorplans at happyplace)