My answer to the question on Quora:
On the assumption that ‘best’ infers design excellence, then I’d suggest some buildings featuring Corten by fellow Aussie architects – Wood Marsh and Nonda Katsalidis.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (1998) by Wood Marsh
MONA Museum, Hobart (2011) by Fender Katsalidis
and a (relative) oldie but a goodie:
Beach House at St. Andrews (1992) by Nonda Katsalidis
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For architectural sticky-beaks Architecture for Sale lists residences (primarily in the US) designed by architects just waiting for you to put down a lazy million… or four. There are some notable houses featured including (at the time of writing) the masterful Esherick House by Louis Kahn, the Desert Nomad House by Rick Joy (a steal at US$875,000) and Craig Ellwood’s Broughton House built in 1949.
My pick: The Millard House (aka La Miniatura, 1923) by FLLW. A sublime residence and gardens for only US$4.4 million! If you really are interested, delve into the real estate details, including the previous sale prices.
A game developer turns to architects and a landscape architect to make virtual worlds more believable. Read more about the design process. For another take on it, try Metropolis.
Sit back and let Ice Cube (apparently a former architectural drafter) be your somewhat unorthodox architectural guide of the legendary Eames House completed in 1949 as Case Study House #8. Slick video, tough delivery.
The house is located at 203 N Chautauqua Boulevard, Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. View a map of the idyllic location. With all the surrounding Eucalypts (gum trees), it always decieves me into thinking the Eames House is located in Australia. No such luck, as California is dotted with Eucalypt groves since we shipped some seeds over to the States in the 1850s.
For more details on the house – particularly those not presented by a rapper – browse the following sources:
[via my good friend Nick from Roller... credit goes to him for suggesting the title too, so no complaints to me!]
Recent miscellanea that has caught my attention…
The £547 million Concourse | A good critical review (unfortunately not that common these days…) from Hugh Pearman about John McAslan and Partners‘ recently opened Western Concourse at Kings Cross Station in London.
From outside the new concourse has a clamshell look: surprisingly – maybe, given all the heritage attention, deliberately – unspectacular to the point of banality. The drama is all inside.
For another opinion of the project, head over to The Guardian for Rowan Moore’s take. For some more information about the project, browse to McAslan + Parners’ download page and click “Rebuilding King’s Cross: All Change!”.
Old Maps Online | Using Google Maps as a base, Old Maps Online enables you, via an overlay technique, to compare existing places with those in the past for historical maps dating back to 1551. Instant search results appear related to your location and a date slider bar allows you to fine tune the time period. Another handy site for your online research toolbox. [via The Verge]
Boardwalk Empire VFX | Continuing a loose interest of mine (have a look here) in digital creation of imagined places or reconstruction of historic places, comes a tidy little before/after showreel from Brainstorm Digital who created Atlantic City in the 1920s for the show “Boardwalk Empire“. I always wonder how many ex-architects – some may argue you are never an ex-architect – work in VFX creating/reconstructing these environments. Enjoy! [via The Loop]