Posts Tagged ‘Modern Architecture’

Mountain Architecture Year in Review

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Mountain Architecture Year in Review: An Art Form of Compromise

Trends come and go, but for longtime Steamboat architect Joe Patrick Robbins, the client’s tastes are always the bottom line.

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It doesn’t take much to see where Steamboat architecture is headed. There are enough construction sites around town to know that more modern features like single-pitched rooves and clean lines with a lot of metal and glass have arrived in Steamboat, along with the kind of high-end, high-dollar homes that were once associated with upscale resorts like Telluride, Vail, and Aspen.

But one thing remains the same, according to Joe Patrick Robbins, an architect who has been designing houses in Steamboat for 45 years: Regardless of the trends, good design is always going to be timeless. “It’s really important that an architectural design isn’t so tied to a trend or a fad that it then becomes easily identified as a house that’s built in certain time period. A really thoughtful design is going to have a certain timeless element.”

Outside the Box – William Krisel

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

There is no creativity without vulnerability. And in the 1950′s William Krisel saw a need and filled it with thousands of happy home owners. William Krisel, a pioneering architect who brought his vision of modernism to Southern California tract housing, died Monday at age 92.

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Krisel was a pioneer in what we call today, MCM Mid-Century Modern architecture. Krisel’s timeless, modernist approach to design, reproduced in more than 30,000 tract homes, condos and custom residences throughout Southern California and 10,000 living units elsewhere, progressed the style of low-profile dwellings that relied on nature’s landscape as much as walls and glass to set an aesthetic.

This type of building worked well in warmer climates back in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s. Ton of glass and open spaces. Today, you can build this way in colder areas like Steamboat Springs but you need to be keenly aware of insulation values and superior heating. But the end result is fabulous.

A Video of a Home in Tuscany

Monday, July 15th, 2013

A Video of a Home in Tuscany

I’m into video and real estate. So when I saw this video I really liked the tone, architecture and message. So enjoy.

“When building a Tuscan retreat for himself and his family, Piero Lissoni decided that simplicity was key. Visited by filmmaker Matthew Donaldson for today’s edition of In Residence, the Italian designer and architect created an elementary form that was neither part of the vernacular, nor classic Italian pastiche. Keeping faithful to the size and scale of the surrounding houses, he used a concrete that is mixed with the local earth, giving it a characteristic pinkish hue. The stunning landscape envelops the building, its cool, hard lines playing off against the undulating hills.”

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I hope you enjoy the video,


Modern Architecture: Cool Homes are the “Hotcakes” in Real Estate

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Cool Homes – Architectural Freedom is how we express ourselves and how we choose to live in our real estate. “A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.” Frank Lloyd Wright.As a youth, I dreamed of being an architect. But since that never came true, being a realtor just might be the second best option for I get to see a lot of inspiring homes.

Cool Home in Old Town Steamboat

Living in the ski resort community of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where affluent second home owners just might out number local jobs, you don’t have to look far to see some amazing homes.  But I would not consider these “cool homes.” It’s not that often that a particular home catches my eye. Yet every once in a while, I’ll pull up to a home and something really stands out. Maybe it’s the look of the home. Or maybe the architectural style has pushed the boundaries a bit: a unique roof line, the alignment of the windows,  the material used to create the home. Something about the home just resonates as being different. Either way, I love discovering these cool homes and taking note of them.