Created by the late, great swindler James Whitaker Wright (9 February 1846 – 26 January 1904), this underwater ballroom was part of his estate at Lea Park, Surrey, England. One of the great Victorian magnates, he tragically died swallowing cyanide, whisky and a last cigar at his trial for fraudulently floating stocks and bonds. AnContinue reading “Echoes from the Past: James Wright’s Estate”
From the Netherlands, Leigh, Kappelhof, Seckel, van den Dobbelsteen Architects (or http://www.lksvdd.nl for short) have renovated a little 1928 church in Haarlo with a whimsical and clean approach that is quintessentially Dutch. Gutting the structure, they have placed a tub on the mezzanine, a staircase using the original flooring and a host of other charmingContinue reading “Lofty Ideals: Church Redesign”
This Jules Verne fantasy is to be found in Fiji and contains 25 amazing suites. One enters from a lift. This along with a bar, gym, spa, meeting room, chapel, lounge and more…a lot more for a very hefty, 30,000$ for a week for 2! There are, naturally, home versions. Well, if you have toContinue reading “The Poseidon Adventure: Underwater Resort”
Set in the lovely city of London, this micro space is used for a video artist containing an interior and exterior projection screens and darkroom. It has a mezzanine floor with triangular skylights for a very lofty ambience. All photos by Michael Franke.
Although I am an advocate for starkly modern, never-done-before architecture, I still have a soft spot for the comfort and cosiness of stone houses as a place to get away from the world. Here is a sample of such dream house of Bob and Kate Horgan of Maine. The commissioned the Knickerbocker Group who didContinue reading “Cozy Retreat: Maine Coast”