Nuevo Andino / Freddy Mamani

Whether you love it or hate it, the divisive architectural style taking over the Bolivian city of El Alto is certainly a departure from the norm, injecting bold shapes and colours into an otherwise average cityscape. Local architect Freddy Mamani, who has spent the last 18 years developing the signature style he calls Nuevo Andino (New Andean), felt that El Alto was too monochrome. Each of his buildings is like a unique sculptural work of art aiming to enliven the city and pay homage to ancient indigenous motifs of the area — via Web Urbanist


California Modernist / Waikanae, New Zealand

Tara Morton stumbled upon an a listing for a circa-1965 house with a California modernist sensibility and Japanese influence. It had an elegant façade of native Hinuera stone and the interiors got plenty of natural light through broad windows and sliding glass doors. Much of the interior was lined with native Rimu wood, which lent the spaces warmth. Its small pond, tennis court, and pool were surrounded by lush gardens dotted with Japanese maples, cherry trees, and magnolia trees — via Curbed


Peace River Treehouse / Anderson Anderson Architects

Built on stilts, this treehouse-like home was designed by San Francisco-based Anderson Anderson Architects. It’s located in lush pine and oak forests with views to the surrounding trees and canopy. An elevator helps to navigate the 266 square metres, and the main living area features high ceilings, 2.4m windows, and a modern kitchen and dining room. 4327 NW North Road is on the market now for $1,295,000 — via Curbed


Boulter House / Frank Lloyd Wright

The Boulter House is one of only three Frank Lloyd Wright homes built in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the two-storey home is asking $695,000.

Designed for two Classics scholars, Cedric G and Patricia Neils Boulter, the home was designed in 1954 and completed in 1956. Mrs Boulter was the daughter of Henry J Neils, whose Minneapolis residence Wright also designed in 1949.

Built to resemble a ship, the home is constructed of African and Philippine mahogany, Douglas fir, concrete block and glass. The Usonian design features four bedrooms plus a study, and is packed with plenty of trademark Wright features — think radiant heated floors, large glass windows and walkouts, and a cantilevered balcony — via Curbed


Arcata Theatre / William David

Not just a cultural hub, this lot also offers up two smaller businesses and living space as part of the package, all of which is part of the historic 1938 art deco cinema in Arcata, California. At first glance, you might think you would be walking through a time capsule as you push open those cinema doors. Sadly not. The cinema was renovated/restored back in 2009, although the work was in keeping with the original 1930s building. The asking price is quite hefty at $1,500,000 — via WowHaus


Northstar Residence / Charles Haertling

This house in Boulder, Colorado is the work of noted modernist architect Charles Haertling. The agent describes it as being in original condition, which means those amazing fireplaces are very much intact and the focal point of the build. It needs work and a couple of modern-day updates might need correcting. But overall, this is a blank canvas with most of the architect’s creativity intact. The house is up for $1,395,000 — via WowHaus


Massaro House / Frank Lloyd Wright

heart-shaped private island 80km north of New York City is back on the market, this time for $12.9M. Called Petra Island (also called Petre Island), the property boasts two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but the 10-acre listing has been mired in controversy.

In 1949, the engineer Ahmed Chahroudi purchased the island and commissioned Wright to design a residence. Wright originally designed a sprawling 465 square metre structure for the island, but when the owner realised he couldn’t afford the project, Wright was forced to build a smaller 110 square metre cottage instead.

Many years later, Petra’s new owner, John Massaro, decided to bring Wright’s original plans to life based on a handful of drawings, floor plans, and other documents that came with the property. He enlisted an architect and Wright scholar to complete the massive home around 2007, but the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has refused to recognise it as an authentic Wright design — via Curbed


Groot / Diamond Atelier

The sleek creations of Diamond Atelier’s Munich workshop look better than most factory-built show bikes — and they’re perfectly usable too. But Tom Konecny and Pablo Steigleder don’t just design one-offs. Their Mark II BMW café racers are in limited production, offering a faster and more affordable way to obtain that Diamond Atelier magic. And they’ve now just launched another family of limited production BMWs, a series of stylish scramblers based on the R65 — via Bike EXIF

Design, History

Chrysler Building / William Van Alen

New York City’s famed Chrysler Building is up for sale for the first time in over 20 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the art deco office tower’s current owners officially placed it on the market, though the building’s value has yet to be released. Designed by William Van Alen, the building was bought by Tishman Speyer in 1997. As an iconic part of the New York skyline, the building is admired for its distinctive ornamentation based on Chrysler automobiles — via ArchDaily


Submersible Carbotech / Panerai

The models are classic Submersibles in profile, but they’re rendered in Carbotech, a proprietary material based on carbon fibre that Panerai has been using since 2015. There are two models, one 47mm version and one 42mm version, and while the two have different dimensions and different movements inside (the larger model features an in-house calibre while the smaller features a ValFleurier-based movement), the two share the same sleek looks. The matte black Carbotech case is complemented by bright blue accents found in the dial markers, dial printing, and bezel markers, and a blacked-out titanium caseback completes the package. Despite looking all blue in daylight, when seen in the dark the bezel pearl and minute hand actually glow green to make timing dives even easier. Price: $17,400 (42mm), $17,900 (47mm) — via HODINKEE


Long Gable Residence / William Krisel

The home was designed by William Krisel of Palmer & Krisel, a prolific architect known for bringing high design to the masses in architecturally appealing mid century homes. This 1957 version boasts many of the trademark features of a Palmer & Krisel house, including high clerestory windows, post-and-beam construction, stone fireplaces, and angular roof lines. If this looks like your post-and-beam dream, 1042 East Apache Road is on the market now for $1,245,000 — via Curbed


Mahallat Residential Building No3 / CAAT Studio

A local stone seller tapped CAAT Studios to design a house that made use of the area’s abundant travertine supply. Instead of building a flat facade, CAAT decided to treat the travertine like bricks, creating a stepped pattern that gives the exterior a wavering, geometric appearance. The house has a simple box layout, but CAAT was able to add some playfulness to the design with the exterior pattern. Four windows are framed by a curving wall of bricks that appear to almost peel away from the the glass. That same curve can be seen on the interior wall of the home, too — via Curbed


Maze + Dream / Studio 10

Studio 10 designed two rooms — Maze and Dream — for The Other Place hotel, and they’re a fantastical reimagining of MC Escher’s trippy work. Maze is a 60 square metre suite painted forest green and white. The space is designed around a series of angular floating staircases that when viewed from straight-on look like 2-D drawings. Dream is designed in a similar style, only with a soft pink and white palette. Both guest houses feature a Monument Valley-esque series of doors and shuttered windows that look like they might open onto an endless maze of rooms. In truth, both suites have only two bedrooms, but that probably won’t stop guests from getting lost — via Curbed