So, yeah, second post is again from Dezine. Which I think stands to their general ability to have a engaging website with a unique format to present ridiculously interesting material (at least, to the designer in me). But anyways, I get the impression that I’ll be using this to write critiques of the material presented more than anything, because they do provide spaces and designs that really stimulate conversation.
So, for this post, the Casa de La Flora.
I’d first like to say that, I love the general shape of this piece. And yes, I am referring to architecture as “piece”. Get over it. Maybe it’s the beach, or the modern interpretation that invokes a bunker, but something about this piece makes me think that in a year or three we’d be seeing James Bond (played by younger Sean Connery) relaxing here with Ursula Andress, until out of nowhere a sniper takes her out and a long and involved chase scene ensues.
The point being, I think it does a great job of making itself a distinguishing location.
The next point being, I love retro design. If you know me even a little bit, you will know this. And to me, I could totally see this form being built back in the 60’s and 70’s. Which I love. But at the same time, it pulls a great deal from the modern vernacular. The mixing of wood and concrete, and the design of the pools (oh gawd, those pools! More on that later.) all seem to pull inspiration from modern times, but encase it in a retro bunker. And to me, it’s generally awesome.
But those pools! Ugh! Are they not just awesome? I love everything about them. I love that they have the shallow area with the chairs. I think that is one of mankind’s greatest ideas and is completely under utilized. Even if it’s less than an inch of water, it cools the ground so you don’t have to walk around on ridiculously hot concrete. That alone is inspired design.
So anyways, in conclusion: to both of my followers (at the moment there are two of you, not the vast multitudes I’m expecting next week) feel free to remember that my birthday is in a year so you have plenty of time to save up for our beach trip. Thanks!