217 White Pine Canyon / Upwall Design Architects

The 1,143 square metre house in Park City, Utah looks worthy of a James Bond movie, with a curving, not-quite-circular shape designed by Salt Lake City-based Upwall Design Architects. The living spaces are housed in the main section, with soaring ceilings and a modern, expansive kitchen. Light wood floors contrast with a darker wood on the ceiling, and throughout the home there are huge windows looking out to forest views. 217 White Pine Canyon Road is on the market now for $14,000,000 — via Curbed


Blade House / Takt Studio

This modern house on the southern coast of Australia is layered with concrete. The project, from Australian firm Takt Studio, puts the material to smart use with an interior outfitted in cool gray and an exterior wall made from massive blocks of recycled concrete that climb upward into a tiered landscaping wall.

The property has two structures—the main house, which sits on a slope and has a large veranda that looks toward the ocean; and a smaller guest house called the Jenga House for its stacked timber façade — via Curbed


Paxson Residence / Buff & Hensman

This Buff & Hensman house in Eagle Rock, California, has never been on the market since it was constructed back in 1968. Omar Paxson, a playwright, director and professor in the Occidental College theatre arts department, commissioned it, had it built and loved it for a long, long time. It is now in need of a new owner and perhaps a bit of work too — via WowHaus

Craft, History

Antikythera Fragment 08 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #8 – Layout Line Visibility

Wine, wax, woad and yes, There Will Be Blood… all in an effort to discover the best ancient marking fluid. And Clickspring’ll let you decide how the blood supply issue might have been dealt with in the ancient shop – he’s guessing it might not have been much fun being the apprentice on the day the large dial was marked out — via Youtube


Estancia del Rio / Curtis & Windham Architects

Designed by the Houston, Texas, architectural firm of Curtis & Windham Architects, the compound consists of three distinct buildings: a main living lodge; an owner’s casita with a large library, two bedrooms, and two baths; and a guest building with two bedrooms and two baths. The home sits on a bluff on 1,500 acres overlooking the Chama River, Abiquiu Lake, and Ghost Ranch — landscapes frequently captured by painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Instead of building a multi-story mansion in this desert environment, the architects sought to integrate the home into the surrounding plateaus. Estancia del Rio is on the market for $12,000,000 — via Curbed

History, Wildlife

Meet the cat that guards the Hagia Sophia

Gli is a cross-eyed adorable cat that has been living in Hagia Sophia for the past 15 years. The Hagia Sophia is more than 2,000 years old and is one of the most extraordinary structures ever built. It has been a temple, church, mosque and museum through its long history.

See the Hagia Sophia through the eyes of Gli, the cat who guides — via Youtube

Art, Wildlife

Mural + Flowers / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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