Extraordinary Onion House in Hawaii lets you vacation in a work of art

March 18, 2017 by  
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If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a work of art, now is your chance. The Onion House in Kona, Hawaii is a prime example of renowned architect Kendrick Kellogg’s visionary style. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Kellogg was one of the early innovators of organic architecture , which can be seen throughout the vacation home’s striking aesthetic. Although the home is clearly a work of artful design, Kellogg’s original plans were so eccentric that local contractors refused to build it, forcing the architect to construct the “multi-layered” home himself using locally-sourced materials . Located on a remote hill overlooking Kona’s beautiful shoreline, Kellogg built the home for the McCormick Spice Family in the early 1960s. The hilly location was a practical step to keep the structure safe from tsunamis and storms . The home’s design, however, entailed complete whimsy. Related: 5 exotic, eco-friendly Homestay locations to satisfy your wanderlust Kellogg’s drawings were so extraordinary, he had a hard time finding a contractor to build the complicated structure. Instead of adjusting his designs to meet the standards of the industry, however, a determined Kellogg moved his family to the site to build the structure himself – with Frank Lloyd Wright’s metal worker and glass artist James Hubbell . Many of the materials for the home, including Italian tile, plumbing fixtures, and sheets of colored glass, had to be specially ordered from the mainland and beyond, delaying the building process. Soon, the architect began to see the advantages of using local Koa wood and lava rock, and incorporated the locally-sourced materials wherever he could. The home is set on a massive base of lava rock , which was carefully carved to create the large terrace that overlooks the ocean. The odd roof “tunnels” comprise a creative defense against harsh sunlight during the day, while walls of stained glass and the translucent roof panels provide pleasantly diffused natural light. Outside, a covered outdoor walkway runs the length of the compound, connecting the separate master bedroom to the main structure, which houses two smaller bedrooms, a bath, and the kitchen and dining space. A 70-foot turquoise pool surrounded by tropical gardens is at the heart of the design. And then there are a few private areas in the compound, including a walled meditation garden. + Kendrick Kellogg + Onion House Hawaii Photos via Onion House Hawaii

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Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

December 18, 2015 by  
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A Bay Area commuter approaching Terra Linda from US 101 will notice something strange just east of the freeway in San Rafael. A futuristic, robin egg blue spaceship emerges majestically from the expansive landscape, then transforms into a massive structure that is dwarfed only by the two valleys it spans. This unusual and eyecatching building, the Marin County Civic Center , was nominated in early 2015 for the UNESCO World Heritage List and is best known as Frank Lloyd Wright ’s final and largest public project. But to science-fiction fans the striking structure carries a different meaning, as it was an inspiration to both George Lucas in Star Wars , as well as science fiction director Andrew Niccol. Read the rest of Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

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Singapore’s solar-powered Sky Terrace residential towers combine all the best of green living

December 18, 2015 by  
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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

March 4, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Calotopos , Calotopos settlement , Calujac , cities of the future , future architecture , future city , futuristic city , holistic cities , holistic living , humanist architecture , Maxim Calujac , Moldovan architect , organic agriculture , organic architecture , organic design , public spaces , shared public spaces , subterranean transport , transport reduction , utopian architecture

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Doolittle Home that Looks Like a Bond Villain Lair On Sale in Joshua Tree

February 4, 2014 by  
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‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

February 4, 2014 by  
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CA Modern Home Tour: The Hidden Details of John Lautner’s Incredible Elrod House

March 19, 2013 by  
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Marco Casagrande’s Gorgeous Bamboo “Cicada” Pavilion Snakes its Way Through Urban Taipei

January 16, 2012 by  
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