April 24, 2009

Video: Moshe Safdie: What makes a building unique?

Freelance work and some short traveling has kept me from writing and updating this site as often as I would like. Until I have some more time to write another article I'll try to keep posting videos and other interesting architecture related content. Here is another TED talk by a fantastic architect: Moshe Safdie.

5 comments:

  1. http://www.contemporist.com/2009/06/16/the-hilltop-house-by-safdie-rabines/

    The above link is to photos of a residence designed by Moshe's daughter, Taal Safdie, of Safdie Rabines Architects. The last photo of the home shows Taal's interpretation of uniqueness for this project as the structure arises from the hilltop.

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  2. Thanks for commenting!

    I love the exposure of the wood structure on the ceilings. In general its just a giant mansion right? There isn't anything all that innovative or remarkable about it.

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  3. There is a vast difference between this property and the big box homes or Tuscan homes typical of Rancho Santa Fe in terms of design and structural quality. It is hard, though, for flat photos to capture how the public spaces of this house work. If you look at this link http://www.rsfarchitecturalestate.com./ and open the virtual tour and specifically the 360 degree tour, you will get a better idea of the complexity of the stacked roofs. Each of four levels has symmetrical banks of operable clerestories on the western and northern exposures. The experience of the upper living room is as if you are connected to the sky with a sensation of floating on the top of the hill. This wouldn't be the same feeling if it were a flat property. It is unique to the site. Also, in this part of the world, the prevailing wind is out of the west and the clerestories open to provide a cross breeze so the warm air rises and drains off nicely minimizing the need for A/C. This property was built for a large family, but the architect used multiple levels to delineate spaces in a way that create intimacy. It is a dramatic home, but not overwhelmingly cavernous.

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  4. Thanks for the link and description. I have to admit I wasn't very familiar with the project when I made my initial comment. I agree it is a very nice house with some fantastic details and material use with some amazing interconnection of spaces, building, and landscape.

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