Posts Tagged ‘buildings on the water’

We took the train to Sacramento today to look around. In addition to nice trees, we saw some noteworthy buildings. Here are a few.

primary colors

I think this one was a bank

pyramid on the sacramento river

This pyramid of warm yellow stone – a great shape for a building in a place where land isn’t too expensive. Every room gets a roof deck!

The entry to the Great Pyramid

The entry to the Great Pyramid

Awesome new museum on the Sacrameto River

Awesome new museum on the Sacramento River

maritime museum copy

maritme museum feather

feather weathervane on the roof, sailboats along the entry bridge

golden bridge 1935

golden bridge 1935


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My friend Charles shared this photo he took from a boat tour near Stockholm. The house looks like its built right into the rocks.  Clean minimal lines, stone walls that blend with the cliffs, subtle earthtones, black painted wood, and a very tasteful waterslide.

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I started a new project today for Artemis Racing. I’m not sure how much work there will be for me, but it was fun to spend the day on Pier 80 today.

My friend Vincent, another architect, helped me take measurements and photos of the structure.

This reminded me of my friend Peter’s A Project

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John was fishing in the North Bay and took these pictures of a village accessible only from the water.  There are about 10 houses in total, but only a couple of them appear to be in use.   

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long dock and little house on Tomales Bay

water side of Tomales Bay house

door with porthole

view through porthole 1

view through porthole 2

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The oldest Boating Club in North America  is on Belle Isle in the Detroit River. It sits empty, needing 20 million dollars in repairs.

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: a  curtain  hung  in  a  doorway,  either  to  replace  the  door  or  for  decoration.

I visited my friend Duncan last week at his parent’s house in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island:

I learned this word from Duncan’s mother, Elizabeth Watson, an architectural historian.  She has a these good examples of simple, utilitarian portière in her own house:

This architectural term  comes from the French word for door, porte.  Common in wealthier households during the Victorian era (according to Wikipedia,)  curtains are still a great way to create privacy, mitigate drafts, hide a messy closet,  subdivide a space, or create a cozy nook.   Its much more affordable to put up a curtain than install any sort of door, and it is especially appropriate if you need a temporary or quick solution, or if you get excited about fabrics or a splash of color.

Here is a fancier example of Portière from the National Gallery in Washington DC:

I also found this drapery design blog with all sorts of examples of portière.

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