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The Sea Library in Awashima by ETAT arkitekter: The new library is housed in a heritage-classified building from the 1920’s overlooking the harbor. ETAT’s refurbishment is designed to highlight the material and spatial qualities of the existing wooden building and to enhance its relationship to the sea. A rectangular brass table and brass screens with gently rippled surfaces create wavy reflections of the interior that are reminiscent of water.

Curved concrete art warehouse/studio by A31 Architecture (via)

Casa Butantã, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, 1964-66 (renovated by the architect in 2011)

Finnish textile designer Vuokko Nurmesniemi’s home (designed by husband Antti Nurmesniemi) photographed by Kaarle Hurtig for Apartemento #7

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Yohji’s Tokyo home,

Harper’s Bazaar, June 1999

Freunde von Freunden: Judy Millar, Artist home & studio

Your friend and architect, Richard Priest, designed the house for you inspired by the Werner Herzog film Fitzcarraldo and imagery from the scene of the boat being dragged through the bush. What was the process like and when was is completed?
The time of designing and building the house was an absolute adventure from beginning to end. I had always loved the image of the boat being dragged through the bush in Fitzcarraldo and thought the house should be the boatshed on the top of the hill. Richard and I began with the thought of just putting a small simple structure on a jetty cantilevered off the cliff. The house has changed over-time but the essential idea is still there.

When I built the house in 1986 a huge number of old buildings, warehouses and small industrial structures, were being demolished in Auckland to make way for mirror-glass towers. Many of the materials, windows, floorboards, wooden panelling and beams all came from demolition sites, often in exchange for a crate of beer and a smile. As I found things, Richard would alter the design and incorporate the materials into the building.

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