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Monday, April 26th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: MacKay Lyons Sweetapple Architects

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Portnoy, an architect featured on the A.I.A.S.F. House Tour in Marin County. When I asked her about her inspirations, she mentioned MacKay Lyons Sweetapple Architects so I immediately searched for their work on the internet. Ah yes, I spent another hour away from working and browsed their entire portfolio. In addition to designing beautiful buildings and showing them via spectacular photography, they include models and sketches as simple as this one, sketches that portray just how much they have thought about site planning and space:

I’ll tempt you with a few images here (it’s really hard to choose just one; at last count I had swiped twelve), but I’ll highly recommend you check out their website. Also, if you just feel like “I want to go to there!”, they have designed some cottages in Nova Scotia that you can rent. I am not sure I’ve seen a more sublime spot than the one they are situated upon. For more information about staying there, visit The Shobac Cottage and Studio Rentals site. Here’s a peek at their setting:


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Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Underground Alps House

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Whoa.

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Underground home in Switzerland.

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In Twitter withdrawal & m havg trbl using <140 characters lately. Luckily, this house speaks for itself. Check out a full tour at Trendir.The interior shots are really striking as well.

By the way, I must warn you about Trendir. You will get sucked in for HOURS! They are great online curators. Each house made me gasp; gasps that alternated from awe gasps to envy gasps. So don’t head over there if you are trying to get work done. However, if you have time to indulge in some architectural fantasies, go for it.

photos originally from Christian Muller Architects.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Beautiful Coastal Architecture: Van Dam Architecture and Design

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I was perusing Maine Home and Design the other day and fell upon an ad for an architecture firm I just love. Van Dam Architecture and Design does absolutely beautiful and thoughtful work, with careful consideration of site, context, and materials in each project. You can check out more images here, and here are a few of my favorites:

 

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