Hastings Parade House

Architecture and the process by which a building is designed, from start to finish, is really a symphony of processes that, when properly orchestrated, is a magical journey to experience at some point in your lifetime.

When dealing with a renovation, however, there are so many more variables to consider, such as existing contextual language, history, structure, etc.  The home featured here is an interesting example of juxtaposing traditional and contemporary architectural design.

The Hastings Parade House, named for it’s location, in an area of Bondi, New South Wales, began it’s journey to this point in time as an inter-war Portuguese rendered Bondi house.  In the beginning, perched atop a headland, the home captured expansive views of the beach on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other.  Over the years, however, as the neighborhood developed (or enveloped) around the house, taking away the views.
 
The objective for  Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architect’s was to restore these views that had been lost while giving the house an update.  To do this, the decision was made to add a second floor and completely reconfigure the interior spaces. Beach and ocean views are now seen from every room, and natural sunlight filters in thoughout the interior, via sawtoothed roof forms w/ clerestories and angles walls orienting views.  I’m not sure if the street facade is the original, but if so, this is a clever answer to keeping the historical language of the house in tact.
Here are some other views of the house…

The Green Box Project

This is a novel concept.  Beck’s is promoting it’s Beck’s Green Box Project for creative individuals working in art, design, music & fashion.  From July – September 2011, green boxes will be dispersed to 30 selected artist’s, and over the next 3 years, the Beck’s Green Box Project fund will finance each of the 30 individual visions.

If you happen to be one of these 30 creative minds selected, first off, THANK YOU for reading, and secondly, kudos!

In a time when global budget slashing is seeing art funding as one of the first areas getting the ax, this project is a small salute by Beck’s to those of us in the art community, saying, “We see you, and you are appreciated for adding flavor to our world.”  To Beck’s Green Box Project, I say, “We see you, too!”

BMW Art Cars

Alexander Calder’s art work, on a BMW 3.0 CSL E9, premiered at the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans.

An auctioneer and race car driver by the name of Herve’ Poulain had been in search of the perfect synthesis between art and the automobile. In 1975, he had an epiphany. Use the race car as a sort of rolling canvas to display painted masterworks of graphic art.

He commissioned his friend and artist, Alexander Calder, to paint a BMW 3.0 CSL E9, which Poulain would premier at the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Calder attended the race to watch the premier of his work as it raced around the track. Now that’s an art opening!
BMW caught wind of Herve’ Poulain’s idea, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Below are a couple of links to view all of these priceless masterpieces.

BMW Art Cars – CNBC

Braun Watch

Braun watches, apparently, are something to be desired. Their timeless, simple styling, combined with an conservative price tag, offers an attractive option for those looking for an affordable, designer-styled timepiece.

The watch featured here, designed by Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs, is a re-release run of these watches, which date back to the 1970’s. Get ’em while you can, though. This production run just may be limited, as well, which may afford the opportunity to snag a collectable! Sign me up for 2!