This may come as a surprise but I don’t talk about everything that goes on here at the office (just about) and that extends to projects. I suppose it should be obvious but we do more than 1 or 2 project I showcase here on the site. So exactly how do I choose which things to focus on or which projects to feature?
Well, it’s pretty easy actually. I don’t have an editorial calendar (the very idea of that is ludicrous because that infers that “planning” is involved.) I write about whatever presents itself … that and the work that I, Myself, and Me is working on.
That’s a little sad, isn’t it? Well, that ends today! We just got through shooting a project that wrapped up a month or so ago and I was looking through the proof images and I decided that even though I had very little to do with this project (other than some construction drawing and detailing support … maybe a raised eyebrow every now and then) that I would showcase the images because the first batch is looking pretty good.
This project is in Austin, Texas and has a magnificent site – it overlooks the mighty Colorado river and the vistas are everything you could possibly hope for. As a result, this house has a lot of floor to ceiling glass facing the view (and the Colorado River below) and if that weren’t enough, there is a wrap-a-round pool with an wall-to-wall infinity edge along the house between the house and the view.
Since I didn’t design this house, I am going to refrain from explaining it … imagine that you are simply flipping through the images of Dwell magazine while standing in line at the grocery store.
Mmmmmm … infinity pool edge AND magnificent view – which is really the best time to actually use an infinity edge on a pool.
The pool actually wraps around the dining room and in to the entry foyer. The entry to the home is recessed and slotted in between the dining room (on the left of the image above) and the family room (to the right).
You can almost use that artichoke pendant as an orienting device. Yes, that’s the pool that wraps around the dining room – giving it the impression that it’s “floating.”
This is the view that I keep going on and on about. Even as I’m typing this, I am mentally thinking about what it would be like to watch a thunderstorm from this room, or standing at the window, watching the sunset while sipping on a martini … AND I don’t even drink martini’s!!
I’m not normally a jealous person – normally. If you squint just a little bit, you can see Ryan Gosling over by the fire place.
For my money, you can never have enough pictures with artichoke pendants in them. It can’t be done.
You: “I have an artichoke pendant in every single picture“
Me: “That’s almost enough. Try harder.“
See what I mean?
Horizontal grain walnut veneer cabinetry and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. Exactly what I would want in my own kitchen.
I’ll take that light monitor as well.
I like how bright AND subdued this master bathroom is. I know you need them but I would have a hard time actually putting my towels on those towel bars. If I did actually have towels, they would have to be white … woven from immaculately conceived Ermine’s raised and hand-fed by Tibetan Monks.
Wait a minute … You don’t actually know what an “Ermine” is do you?
Click here but be prepared to *gasp* and be hypnotized by its cuteness and obvious softness.
(you’ve been warned)
This is our “Dwell” shot. Don’t lie to yourself, this looks like an image you would see in Dwell. You know why that is? Because there are people in it.
All of these pictures were taken by architectural photographer Dror Baldinger, AIA. If you haven’t noticed – and you should have noticed – architectural photography seems to be changing just a bit. The images seem to be trending towards more natural looking and realistic photos – which includes reflections and environmental imperfections. I’m not sure exactly why this is happening but I’m a fan of seeing images that more closely portray real-life conditions (removal of towels notwithstanding). I think seeing the occasional photo with people in it is a good thing.
Now if I can only convince my partners that we need more photos of bathrooms and utility rooms …