Saturday, February 28, 2009

Some more Palm Springs

While in PS, Jim took us on a architectural tour of whats great. Here a glimpse of the Kaufmann Housev by Richard Neutra, one of the architectural treasures which recently was renovated (for a rumored 15 mil...
this white walled-in stunner Craig Ellwood
the Albert Frey city hall
and some neighboring Wexler
Though I must admit I was equally, if not more drawn to the weirdness of lesser gems
like this Bank of America styled after Le Corbusier's famous church
which we could not help nicknaming Wrongchamp
or these bizarre rocks that were apparently too natural looking , so they got painted taupe, to fit better in the landscape (it was a wash, not opaque paint so some of the naturalness shows through...)or this cute white-rock facade
and this style that we didn't know how to describe (pizza-hut classic?)

as we hit the freeway, we knew things would get weirder, when we saw ourselves reflected in a truck
we passed cowboy skyscrapers
and stucco pueblo geodomes

snakes to light your wayand dinosaurs with security exits
and welcoming tails

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Chez Mr Isermann

Been having the pleasure of staying
at my good friend Jim Isermann's house in Palm Springs
a prefabricated steel house designed by Donald Wexler
Sunshine swimming pool
Hello sky, hello mountains

and an unbeatable rock post box

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oscar Sunday

It was Oscar Sunday and we decided to go museum hopping in downtown LA

we stumbled upon California Plaza next to MOCA

post modern belated delirium tremens

with reflected banality
in Chinatown we passed by Grandview gardens

and nylon covered rocks

and as the night drew, we saw weird plant-covered boutiques

and scared pumpkin cats that got no oscars

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Found Zenetos

For the longest time I thought I had list this out-of-print book on the great Takis Zenetos

suddenly it appeared behind some other random books at my parents' place
it features some nice shots of the Electronic Urbanism maquete
the legendary project which basically predicted everything from the internet to almost the iphone (1952- eat your heart out Archigram)
the very cute Medrano restaurant project
which I think was never built

and this great drawing of the villa in Glyfada, with the surrounding rock garden

which was of course built but unfortunately demolished a couple years ago

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sometimes when I look up

I see baskets of exotica
or mediterranean retro
with red and green leaves

and little flowersblue tape
and golden friends