miércoles, 9 de julio de 2014

Gwen & Gawie Fagan

Depending on where you stand, the Fagan’s self-built home ‘Die Es’ has a mountain or seaside backdrop. ‘Die Es’ – meaning ‘the hearth’ – is situated on the Atlantic Seaboard in Camps Bay, but it feels more like it’s on a little farm with its own private nature reserve. The house itself and most things in it are handmade by couple Gwen and Gawie Fagan, their son and three daughters. Today it’s just the two of them living here. It’s a magical place with magical people who have lived long and full lives.
Sitting around a table with Gwen and Gawie drinking a hot cup of Rooibos tea, we listen to a collection of stories experienced over almost a century. They speak about a career spanning almost 70 years, hard work and successes, and 65 years of marriage and family life.
As one of South Africa’s most celebrated architects, Gawie’s ideas concerning connecting architecture with the natural landscape were revolutionary. Over the years, Gwen played an instrumental role as a historical researcher and landscape planner in Gawie’s practice. Together they share a love of designing new buildings just as much as restoring old ones. via freundevonfreunden

viernes, 4 de julio de 2014

Summer, New England by Brian Ferry

Brian Ferry is NY-based photographer we don't need to present much because he is a splendid story-teller himself and presents his way of seeing life through his images. Mastermind of light and simple details, Brian is a poet of things we look at but don't see. His homeland project is a pure feast.

"I grew up in Connecticut and I really enjoy summertime in New England. There are many cliches about New England summers - the ocean, Cape Cod, lobster rolls, etc. All of these are probably true, but for me, there is something more subtle and expansive about summertime in New England. I think about colors and sounds and smells - a particular shade of green, a lonely fog, an open window, sticky and humid nights, a rum hangover, sitting on the porch in a thunderstorm. The necessity of changing your routine to deal with the heat & humidity, fleeing the sweltering city for the countryside, the sound of cicadas. I hate to romanticize things, and this is more about personal memory. This series of photos is my attempt to translate the feeling of my summers into images."

Words: Brian Ferry, Thisispaper
Photography: Brian Ferry

Studio Job / Antwerp

miércoles, 2 de julio de 2014

Leth & Gori / Brick house

LETH & GORI is a young Danish architecture office founded by Uffe Leth and Karsten Gori.Their identity and philosophy that speaks through extremely rafined works calls: "Design is about making the right decisions. Sometimes design is doing everything. Sometimes design is doing nothing." In this amazing project they pose a question: What if a house can last at least five generations instead of two? By revisiting materials and solutions from historic houses which have proven to be robust and have a long life span a new type of contemporary sustainable house is created. Danish design wins today.

"Brick House has two main objectives; to create a house which is maintenance free for 50 years; and to create a house with a life span of minimum 150 years. Brick House is based on a vision of a house that is alive and can breathe. This vision is realised by reducing the wall construction of the house to one material; clay. By using clay blocks and bricks a solid and homogeneous and first of all simple outer wall is created. This outer wall is diffusion-open thus allowing the building to breathe just like the traditional solid brick houses that have proven to last. In addition the reduction to one wall material reduces the number of joints between different materials and the potential building mistakes that these joints traditionally causes. The solid brick walls result in a robust and healthy house with a long lifespan, good indoor climate and low maintenance. Brick House rediscovers knowledge and techniques from traditional brick houses in Denmark. 
Especially the houses from the era of the National Association for Better Building Traditions [Bedre Byggeskik] from the beginning of the 20’est century has served as examples. As the name suggests these houses have a strong focus on creating buildings that are built well with good technical solutions, craftsmanship and materials.”

Words: Leth & Gori, Thisispaper
Photography: Laura Stamer/Stamers Kontor