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by / on November 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm / in 1950-1954

Snyder House by Bertrand Goldberg [1952]

Built as a personal residence for John Snyder, the Chief Executive of the Pressed Steel Car Company which manufactured Goldberg’s Unicel freightcars and Unishelter homes, the Snyder House was designed utilizing prefabricated components from the Unishelter program. The prefabricated units, complete with bathroom, kitchen, plumbing and HVAC, were fabricated in Chicago, shipped by rail, then by boat, and finally assembled […]

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by / on March 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm / in 1970-1974

Douglas House by Richard Meier [1971]

Introduction The Douglas home is the culminating work of the first period of Meier, where all the ideas developed in the experiments in single-family homes resulted in a more balanced and imaginative structure. Built in the 1970’s, it became a symbol of that period of rationalism. Situation The Douglas House is located in Harbor Springs, Michigan. It sits on a […]

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by / on March 16, 2012 at 8:44 am / in 1960-1964

JFK Airport NY by Eero Saarinen [1962]

Saarinen’s original futuristic design featured a prominent wing-shaped thin shell roof over the main terminal (head house), unusual tube-shaped departure-arrival corridors originally wrapped in red carpet — and critical to the spirit of the design — expansive windows that highlighted departing and arriving jets. The concrete shell’s evocative shape — which inspired Saarinen to develop special, curved edge ceramic tile […]

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by / on March 16, 2012 at 12:04 am / in 1955-1959

The Seagram by Mies Van de Rohe [1957]

This structure, and the International style in which it was built, had enormous influences on American architecture. One of the style’s characteristic traits was to express or articulate the structure of buildings externally. It was a style that argued that the functional utility of the building’s structural elements when made visible, could supplant a formal decorative articulation; and more honestly […]

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by / on March 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm / in 1960-1964

The Chemosphere by John Lautner [1960]

The building stands on the San Fernando Valley side of the Hollywood Hills, just off of Mulholland Drive. It is a one story octagon with around 2200 square feet (200m2) of living space. Most distinctively, the house is perched atop a concrete pole nearly thirty feet high. This innovative design was Lautner’s solution to a site that, with a slope […]

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