I sometimes wonder if I should have become an architect, even though my spacial abilities are not much (in spite of getting an “A” in geometry). One of my favorite waste of times secret joys is to surf the ‘net looking for cool houses. I am especially fond of Spanish style homes (which are typical of California) and Bauhaus cubes. (Whadyamean they have nothing in common? They have me in common!) One architect I admire is Frank Lloyd Wright. I am also fascinated by earthships, because I love the idea of environment-friendly architecture. Treehugger often has buildings (and furniture and interiors) that turn me on. 😉
My fascination extends even to RVs – and just because it’s pr0n, I surf the luxury models. I am fascinated by the efficiency and creativity designed into a small space to make it a full-featured residence. Boats hold a similar fascination for the same reason. Not so much yachts, because they can deliberately build roomy. But efficient cabin design onboard a ship or in the cockpit of a small day-cruiser also impresses me. For that reason I am also tickled by multi-purpose or especially practical furniture.
Then there are the seemingly completely impractical designs. However, I love those, too, simply because I love that a building must not be a square. Today’s inspiration (via Arkitekturnytt.no) is Littlehampton’s East Beach Café, which reminds some locals of driftwood. Some architecture actually needs people to make it work, as exemplified by Oslo’s new opera house: It comes alive because its roof has become a new public mall.