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TWISTED FARMHOUSE IN PENNSYLVANIA
Self-taught designer Tom Givone has extended a white house in rural America with a warped metal-clad addition that starkly contrasts the traditional architecture.Originally built in the 1850s in the Pennsylvania countryside, Twisted Farmhouse now includes a two-storey extension wrapped in a silvery exterior.Givone teamed up with JRA Architects in nearby Scranton to design the five curving columns that make the structure’s undulating walls possible.The addition is clad in strips of anodised aluminium, laid horizontally, which both echoes and contrasts the farmhouse’s original white clapboard siding.The owner grew up in an old farmhouse across the street with seven siblings, and one of her brothers still lives there today. The extension’s unusual shape is intended to sculpturally express this dynamic.I imagined this family bond as a physical force, like a gravitational field between the two homes, acting on the addition and ‘pulling’ it towards the original farmhouse across the street,” said Givone.Steel used in the construction was sourced from a company in Chicago, which specialises in designing rollercoaster tracks.A porch was enlarged, with new railings made from thin stainless steel cables. The airy, metallic material helps visually link to the silvery addition, while opening up views a large backyard to interior spaces.Upon entering the house is an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen. A small bedroom and bathroom complete the ground-floor layout.The entire home has white, light-filled interiors, with original wide-plank floors that were restored by the architect himself, after discovering them beneath layers of linoleum and plywood.The curvy addition houses the dining area, with angular windows and a double-height wall to define space.In the nearby kitchen, countertops and a custom apron sink are made from the same slab of white Carrara marble.A staircase leads up to the open-air sitting room, with glazed half walls that look down on the eating area below. Original wall planks were re-used to construct the steps on the stairs.On the second level are three bedrooms and one bathroom, which features a turquoise locker found in a barn in upstate New York, and a refurbished 1920s schoolhouse sink.Hand-hewn beams were salvaged and left exposed on the ceilings above, with structural elements also incorporated into the white-walled renovation of the original interior.
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FUTURE EXPANSION INSTALLS “CHOIR-LIKE” MIRRORED TUBES OUTSIDE NEW YORK’S FLATIRON BUILDING
A cluster of hollow reflective pipes forms this installation by Brooklyn architecture and design firm Future Expansion, which is on display in front of the Flatiron Building in New York City.Titled Flatiron Reflection, the design comprises a set of vertical metal tubes that together create a horseshoe shape in plan and a fluted perimeter.Around the outer edge, their bottoms are cut away at an angle and the lower half is painted white. Overall, the sculpture is evocative of grand organ pipes.At night, the shiny tubes are illuminated from within and their outer surfaces reflect the surroundings.”The glistening materials and choir-like sculptural formation prompt passersby to engage with the art,” said Wendy Feuer, assistant commissioner of design, art and wayfinding at the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT).The horseshoe layout creates a more secluded space at the centre, which then opens out towards a public space adjacent to Madison Square Park.The piece is located in front of the Flatiron Building – the iconic beaux-arts building completed by architects Daniel Burnham and Frederick P Dinkelberg in 1902. The building became famous – and gained its name – for its unusual triangular shape, created by the site at intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street.Flatiron Reflection is designed to interact with the area’s heavy foot and car traffic, and reflect and refract light from the sun during the day, and passing vehicles and street lights at night.”The installation is designed for three scales of experience: the deeply creased exterior makes spaces for individuals; the interior room offers an intimate panorama for small groups; and the north-facing wedge presents a platform toward the plaza,” said Deirdre and Nicholas McDermott, the principals of Future Expansion.The design was installed as the winner of the Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition, organised for the fourth year running by Van Alen Institute and Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, in tandem with the New York City DOT Art.
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SPY GLASS
The idea for the ‘Spy Glass’ was to build a structure that has all the nostalgia of an original beach hut with a new physical form that would pay homage to the classic beach hut – an iconic symbol of the British seaside.The Spy Glass is built on a recessed turntable allowing the transparent ‘picture window’ of the hut to be turned like traditional slot binoculars – this can be rotated in a 180-degree direction, via remote control, to face the sun, seascape or the bright lights of Eastbourne Pier, ‘reacting’ to daily life around it.At the promenade end of the hut, there is a timber clad entrance door with an overhang formed by the cantilevered daybed inside. This cantilever has 2 porthole windows and an external shower head. The adaptability of the Spy Glass allows the hut can be used as a private beach hut.JaK Studio set about designing the beach hut using a combination of robust nautical materials. The hut sits on a heavy-duty vehicle turntable which enables it to rotate from east to west. The Spy Glass measurements are based on a traditional beach hut, with typical dimensions of 2 meters wide x 3 meters long x 3 meters high.
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