This book of pictures of modernist New Zealand homes is by Mary Gaudin, a New Zealand photographer living in Montpellier, France. She explains: ‘The idea for the project wasn’t so much to document the houses in purely architectural terms, but to give an idea of the way these houses were and are lived in, as well as showing details of the designs and the materials used in their construction. The use of native timbers throughout these houses has given a unique feel to the interiors. In the Martin house, for example, John Scott used rimu for cupboard doors and matai, a wood which darkens with age, for the handles.
‘I also wanted to look at the way these houses fitted into their surroundings. All of the Wellington homes are connected to native bush, attracting tuis, fantails and bellbirds amongst other native birds. The owners of the Einhorn house, which backs onto the Karori bird sanctuary, sometimes see rare hihi feeding in their garden. The front of the Manning house is surrounded by an enormous pohutakawa tree which, from inside the house, filters views out towards Auckland’s harbour bridge.
‘The title of the book comes from a phrase in an email from Bruce Martin giving directions to his home at Bridge Pā. Filled with a lifetime of pottery both from Bruce and Estelle’s work, together with gifts from potter friends, the Martin’s home highlights the particular mix of craftsmanship and design which is reminiscent of all the homes shown in this book.’
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Summerhouse Inside Out by Reiulf Ramstad Architects in Papper, Hvaler Islands, Norway, completed in 2008. It is situated on a small peninsula on the top of a hill overlooking the ocean.
Jan Kaplický Drawings
Front Members Room, AA School of Architecture
Until 27th March 2015
Jan Kaplický Drawings presents work by the Czech architect Jan Kaplický (1937-2009) – a visionary designer with a passion for drawing as a means of discovering, describing and constructing. Through drawing he presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order.
The earliest projects date from the early 1970s when, for Kaplický, drawing was essentially a speculative pursuit. Whilst his days were spent working for other architects, during evenings and weekends he designed and drew at home. His architecture at this time was the plan and the finely detailed cross-section. Never satisfied, he constantly developed and honed his graphic language, perfecting the technique of the cutaway isometric which became his trademark.
In 1979 Kaplický founded Future Systems with David Nixon. Clients included NASA, for whom they produced design studies for the International Space Station. Ten years later a new partnership with Amanda Levete prompted Future Systems to build – and with building came a new creative discipline. The Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, winner of the 1999 Stirling Prize, was the last project that Kaplický drew entirely by hand. From then on, formal drawings were done with computers by others and he took delight in sketching.
Kaplický was one of the world’s last great architectural and artistic draughtsmen, upholding a heritage that has its roots in the early Renaissance. If this remarkable body of work has one central message, it is that drawing as an art and a discipline must not be forgotten.
Curated by David Jenkins
Exhibition design by AL_A
Text: AA School of Architecture
Deck House by Assadi + Pulido in Alto Rungue, Chile, includes a platform from which to admire the surrounding mountain ranges. Photography: Cristóbal Palma
House in Chihuahua by Productora in Mexico completed in 2008. The house is partly built into the mountain slope to take advantage of the soil’s thermal mass. Photography: Iwan Baan
Hof Residence by Studio Granda in Skagafjörður Fjord, Iceland, completed in 2007. The house has a series of sheer cedar and concrete walls and a turf roof. Photography: Studio Granda
House in Dublin
Penthouse in central London
House in west London
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