Design

Assen water tower / W ter Braake

This 1960s modernist water tower in Assen, Holland is an ideal Grand Designs project. The Assen water tower was designed in 1960 by architect W ter Braake, replacing an older water tower nearby. It stands around 34m high and consists of a hexagonal shaft and a cylindrical reservoir with a flat roof extending out above. The good news for potential buyers is that the tower and its water reservoir (which has a capacity of 550,000 litres) was renovated back in 2007.

This is being offered to the right person for a symbolic value of just €1, who has the most feasible and realistic plan for responsible re-use within three years.. If you want it, the subsurface and adjacent plots of the water tower must be purchased as well, which seem to be owned by the local authority. The extra outlay will mean you will need to find a further €14,280 before you begin your Grand Design — via WowHaus

Design

Stalker / Tamarit Motorcycles

This fantastic cafe-stroke-bobber is the 50th motorcycle to roll out of the Tamarit Motorcycles workshop just outside Alicante, Spain. Called Stalker, this semi-centennial celebration is based on a 2006 carb-model Triumph Thruxton 900. It was built for a client in Mallorca who had recently spent time in Thailand, and discovered its blossoming cafe racer scene — via Bike EXIF

Design

Toufic Kalil House / Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Toufic Kalil House in Manchester, New Hampshire is now up for sale. One of only seven Usonian Automatic houses designed and constructed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

What is Usonian Automatic? Well, Usonian from the United States of America to denote a national style and Automatic because this was intended to be a new and easy way of building modular houses moderate in cost for the streamlined lifestyle of post-war Americans. Those houses used a concrete masonry building system, allowing materials to be manufactured and sent to the owners in a kit form for self-construction. The problem was that these large-scale puzzles were difficult to assemble, hence why so few actually made it from the drawing board into reality. This one required a total of 4,800 of the Usonian Automatic blocks. The people responsible for putting it together were Dr Toufic Kalil and his wife Mildred, who oversaw its construction back in 1955 — via WowHaus

Science

Scientists have trained rats to drive tiny cars to collect food

Rats have mastered the art of driving a tiny car, suggesting that their brains are more flexible than we thought. The finding could be used to understand how learning new skills relieves stress and how neurological and psychiatric conditions affect mental capabilities.

They constructed a tiny car out of a clear plastic food container on wheels, with an aluminium floor and three copper bars functioning as a steering wheel. When a rat stood on the aluminium floor and gripped the copper bars with their paws, they completed an electrical circuit that propelled the car forward. Touching the left, centre or right bar steered the car in different directions.

Six female and 11 male rats were trained to drive the car in rectangular arenas up to 4 square metres in size. They were rewarded with Froot Loop cereal pieces when they touched the steering bars and drove the car forward — via New Scientist

Design

Clover Hill Foundry Renovation / Ravi Raj

The Clover Hill Foundry is a house with history. Originally built in the late 19th century, the interconnected brick buildings in Somers, New York, were first used as the hub for an ore mining operation. Later in the 1940s, three artists bought the dilapidated buildings, renovating them into standalone homes for their families. Today it’s home to Claire Benoist and Derek Kilner, a couple living in Brooklyn who were looking for a weekend escape outside the city.

When they purchased the foundry building in 2017, they brought on Ravi Raj, formerly an architect at Adjaye Associates, to transform the place into a rustic but modern retreat. Raj retained the best parts of the building’s original character—the thick brick walls, soaring ceilings, and wooden support trusses—and accentuated them with a coat of clean white paint that pops against the blackened wood floors — via Curbed

Design

Ringoes Farmhouse Refurbishment / Bob Hillier

Nestled into the gently rolling hills of a 30-acre farm in Ringoes, New Jersey, this four-bed, three-bath farmhouse, now on the market for just over $1 million, seamlessly blends rustic and modern.

The stone bones of the house were originally built in the 1820s, but the residence got an upgrade from architect Bob Hillier in the 1970s that has it an unexpectedly contemporary feel. Hillier expanded the home’s footprint by building a new timber shell. The glass roof comes to a point over the stone-clad great room, allowing unobstructed sunlight to shine onto a freestanding stone wall retained from the original house — via Curbed

Design

Riverwoods Residence / Edward Humrich

Located about an hour north of downtown Chicago, the suburb of Riverwoods, Illinois, was envisioned—according to Chicago Magazine—as a model town with an unusual goal: for homes to disappear into their natural surroundings. With thick forests next to the Des Plaines River, Riverwoods was an ideal spot for integrating buildings into the landscape, a tenet of the Prairie style of architecture.

More than 40 of the town’s original homes were designed by the self-taught architect Edward Humrich, an admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright known for building low-slung, glass-walled structures out of redwood, cypress, and brick. One of Humrich’s most impressive residences in Riverwoods is this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath stunner built in 1969 — via Curbed

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Flora / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Craft, History

Antikythera Mechanism 09 / Clickspring

Antikythera Mechanism Episode 9 – Making The Epicyclic Pin and Slot Gearing

In this video Clickspring makes what is arguably the most impressive section of the mechanism — the small pin-and-slot module that models the Ancient Greek theory of the variable motion of the #dearMoon — via Youtube

Design

Cocoon House / nea studio

Nina Edwards Anker of nea studio, has completed the Cocoon House in Long Island, New York. The house received its name due to the walls that form a Cocoon shape towards the northern and western neighbours. The rounded enclosed half of the house provides shelter and privacy, while the cedar shingle cladding blends in with the architectural material palette of the historic neighbourhood — via Contemporist

Design

Coral Gables Residence / Touzet Studio

This five-bedroom, seven-bath waterfront home is located on Biscayne Bay in the posh neighbourhood of Sunrise Harbour, the sprawling home boasts an impressive footprint with over 975 square metres. The home was designed by Miami-based Touzet Studio to take advantage of water views on 31m of bay frontage. From the street the home has two imposing stone-clad volumes, but from the bay all you see is a glass-filled stunner with a striking overhanging roof — via Curbed

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Dark / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design

Heritage Skin Diver / Longines

While a bit larger, the modern Skin Diver is very true to the design established by Longines when the original was launched in 1959. The 42mm steel case features a distinctive black PVD bezel, and warm tan dial markings pop against the clean, black dial. With 300m of water resistance and a soft rubber strap, the modern Skin Diver is ready for any adventure, aquatic or otherwise. Offered without a date function, the Skin Diver’s dial is balanced, legible, and has a character all its own — via HODINKEE

Design

Tachevah Residence / Howard Lapham

Built in 1966 by modern architect Howard Lapham, the sprawling nine-bedroom, 11-bath home and its two-bedroom guest house is a fun and funky take on mid century living, located on a three-quarter-acre lot in the posh Movie Colony neighbourhood. Lapham’s trademark high ceilings, walls of glass, and spacious rooms all make an appearance, and the home’s cantilevered roofs and poured terrazzo floors will appeal to mid century purists. But it’s the over-the-top interior design and Arthur Elrod designed furnishings that catches your eye; some rooms feature bright yellows, pinks, and eggshell blues, while others are decorated with everything from patterned red-and-white wallpaper or gilded tile work — via Curbed

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Light / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design

Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown / Frederique Constant

The regatta timer may be one of the most specific, if not the most specific, of all complications. A regatta timer is used to count down the amount of time remaining before the competing yachts are allowed to cross the start line during a yacht race; the start line is defined by an imaginary line drawn between two buoys. Sailboats cannot, unlike race cars, simply wait at a starting line, as they are constantly in motion thanks to the wind. Instead, racing yachts manoeuvre behind the start line, seeking to correctly anticipate the moment that the starting signal is given (traditionally a gun or cannon shot) at which point they can legally cross the line without incurring a penalty for starting too early. There will be three versions of the Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown launched in the US market, which will be a gold PVD model with a blue dial, a steel model with grey dial, and a two-tone model on a two-tone bracelet, with a guilloché pattern — via Hodinkee

Craft, History

Antikythera Mechanism 08 / Clickspring

Antikythera Mechanism Episode 8 – Making The Mean Lunar Sidereal Train

In this video Clickspring makes the gearing that calculates the mean sidereal period of the #dearMoon, and has a closer look at some of the mechanical limitations of the device — via Youtube

Design

Granada Hills Residence / Joseph Eichler

Known for thousands of glass-filled, boxy homes from the 1950s and 60s, Joseph Eichler was the developer of this four-bedroom, two-bath home in Granada Hills, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Constructed in 1964, the slant-roof home is open and airy, with Eichler’s signature floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of light. Original features abound, including 1960s globe light fixtures, the original Saturn front-door hardware, and the home’s original white Helvetica address numbers on black squares — via Curbed

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Seasons / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design

Honda S90 Electric / Aaron Laniosz

The Deus contest is now a global event, and attracts a weird and wonderful selection of amateur builds. This year’s overall winner was a humble Honda S90 converted to electric power. It beat out over 200 other entries and was built for the princely sum of just $929. The man behind the moped is Aaron Laniosz, a designer who moved to California after finishing a Master of Architecture degree in Illinois — via Bike EXIF