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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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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This sexy faucet saves water while you get your swirl on

March 4, 2015 by  
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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous California Glass Domed Greenhouse in 1976!

February 12, 2013 by  
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Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, for example, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig , who designed this gorgeous glass domed “Greenhouse” in California in 1976. One year older than this writer, the tiny home features a round floor plan favored by our ancestors , a simple, rustic material palette, and a view of Partington Ridge and the Pacific ocean that we would die for. Read the rest of Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous California Glass Domed Greenhouse in 1976! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , big sur , California , eco design , glass roof , green design , greenhouse , mickey muennig , Nature , organic design , pacific ocean , round houses , sustainable design , Sustainable Materials

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