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The prospect of owning a home designed by an iconic architect remains a fanciful dream for most of us — but in New Jersey, that dream could be about to come true for one lucky buyer. Those Louis Kahn-worthy Nikes are long sold out by now, but now you can do one better: The ‘Clever House,’ a 3-bedroom residential property designed by the legendary American architect, is up for sale for just $290,000, an extraordinary bargain considering its famous origins. Of course, the low pricetag is largely due to the fact that the house is “under threat” from a lack of upkeep and maintenance, and its deteriorating condition will not have been helped by last week’s blizzard bombardment…
A sympathetic renovation of this timeworn abode will undoubtedly prove challenging, but Americans have already shown a hearty appetite for rescuing works by one of their most celebrated architects, regardless of scale. As Brigette Brown reported last year, one of Kahn’s seminal projects — the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California — is now the object of an extensive restoration plan, spearheaded by the Getty Conservation Institute. But will the right private buyer come forward to help bring one of Kahn’s smaller buildings back to its former glory?
The Cherry Hill, NJ house was designed and built between 1957 and 1962 for namesakes Fred and Elaine Clever, combining conventional construction styles with a few typically unorthodox details courtesy of Kahn. Its defining space is the open plan living room, which features an extraordinary timber-clad pyramidal ceiling at a lofty 18 feet above the concrete floor. The gables have been folded and tweaked to form enormous triangular windows, allowing soft light to stream in from all angles. Fred and Elaine were Quakers and civil rights activists, and often hosted meetings and events in this cavernous mixed-use room.
The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing.
French architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux have been tackling an architectural issue each week for 29 weeks running at their site 1 Week 1 Project. Their stadium-focused solutions entitled Casa Futebol are extremely timely this week, especially after outcry surrounding Japan's Olympic stadium forced architect Zaha Hadid to redesign it to be more flexible—and more multipurpose—at a savings of $1.3 billion.
While the idea itself is completely unrealistic—these structures were not designed to support hundreds of additional housing units—it does raise an interesting question about exactly how the venues for these mega-events should be reused.
Images and info via: Gizmodo
Earlier this month, Foster & Partners revealed plans for a residential ‘community’ quarter at 250 City Road, Islington. The London site, situated mid-way between Angel and Old Street, has a typically turbulent development history: BUJ Architects won planning for previous owner Land Securitites in 2010, before the 1.9ha triangular site was bought by a consortium including Berkeley Homes who hired DSDHA.
Deborah Saunt and David Hills’ practice was later dropped - reportedly because it did not provide Berkeley’s required densities - and Foster & Partners brought in.
Of the two CGI images presented, the lower makes for encouraging viewing. Apartment blocks of copper and warm yellow brick surround a generously proportioned green space, peppered with perfectly manicured hedges and trees. There isn’t a cloud in the sky. This truly is a superbly inventive CGI artist’s impression of East London.
Let me present you with an alternative vision, a disturbing parallel universe… the REAL East London. Storm clouds gather over faceless, corporate office blocks that extend eternally upwards into the shroud of mist. But wait… is that really an office block? Or is it, in fact, an apartment block? Or simply a gigantic paperweight, dropped by a City trader on his way back home to Hampstead Heath?
These buildings are as distinctive as tombstones – all erected for unique individuals, but all sharing the same, stoney air of inevitable doom.
This glass obelisk of a skyscraper sees Foster reduced back to tedious convention by Berkley Homes’ ‘density requirements’. Density requirements are the territory of financial think tanks, of number crunchers, of blue-sky thinkers, of any other frivolous, capitalist metaphor you can think of. They place the importance of gross floor area and profit margins over that of proportions, individuality, invention, and – ultimately – the well-being of those inhabiting a place.
And so, even Foster is susceptible to the London Effect – where money becomes the boss of everyone, and everything – residential ‘community’ quarters included.
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