Flammer’s House

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This house has got so much going for it that I love; the steeply pitched roof and overhanging eaves, the black cladding, large round and rectangular windows and the visible criss-crossing timber braces that support the building. The house is located in northern Switzerland and was designed by local architect Pascal Flammer. Sitting between a wheat field and a thicket of woodland, the place has a definite physical connection with the world outside of its continuous windows. Once the building is softened with some well-loved furniture, rugs and the messiness of everyday life, I think it will look beautiful.
Talking of everyday life, we’ve been making a few changes around here lately. Obviously nothing on the scale of this house – in fact it’s quite ridiculous of me to even write of them in the same space. Still, I may post a few pictures soon, if I ever get around to taking any…

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Chimney Pots

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A nice clay chimney pot can be a beautiful thing so I was pleased to discover these new ones by Studio Wieki Somers. The pots are the crowning glory on a new housing development in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands and in keeping with the architect’s reinterpretation of English Tudor style, the designers have created a range of chimney pots, all enhancing the identity of the new neighbourhood.

The inspiration came from the tall, richly decorated chimney pots characteristic of traditional English Tudor architecture, echoed in the way that farmers stacked peat around the Haarlemmermeer lake in the sixteenth century. The studio developed a modular system by stacking several elements in various combinations to produce different compositions. It is a kind of Lego with infinite possibilities. The details of the chimneys are actually made from polyester concrete instead of clay and this contemporary and durable material allows sections to be ground open, revealing the underlying structure. At the housing development, each of the residents can choose their own chimney pot from a family of five different designs, offering them a unique way of personalising their home.

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House: Lake Cottage

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Reflecting the snow outside of its woodland setting, this house feels festive to me. The cabin is located in Ontario, Canada, and was designed by architects UUfie, to add a large living and dining room extension to an existing family house. The structure has a steeply pitched roof covered with black steel, while its two gabled ends are clad with charred cedar. The exterior of the entrance is mirrored, somehow giving the illusion that the building contains the forest, while timber panels line the interior and a wood-burning stove keeps the space warm during the winter months. “Lake Cottage is a reinterpretation of living in a tree house where nature is an integral part of the building,” say the architects. This is my kind of Christmas treehouse.

P.s. The winner of the Fulton & Co. giveaway is Janine Bowers Wild. Congratulations Janine!

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A Tinshed House

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I’m a big fan of corrugated sheet metal so thought I’d post about this new tin shed house, designed by Australian architect Raffaello Rosselli. Located on a corner in the suburb of Redfern, Sydney, Raffaello repurposed an existing tin shed to create this small office and studio flat.
“The humble tin shed is an iconic Australian structure,” he explains. “As the only remaining shed in the area it is a unique reminder of the industrial past.”
The original building was a windowless, narrow double-storey structure on a single-storey residential street. Now it has several Corten steel windows and a simple interior with plywood floors.
Personally, I’d like to see the interior furnished and looking a little more cosy in contrast to the tough exterior. But, if you’d like to experience the house for yourself, it is available to rent through airbnb.

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