Concrete Brutalism and Blue Skies. City Hall neighbourhood.
One of my favourite podcasts, 99% Invisible, focused on City Hall and the concrete furniture designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell. Have a listen if you haven’t already done so:
Detailed. Guelph, ON.
It’s not modern, I know, but I really attracted by the details of this building.
Last summer, I went to a great outdoor festival called Harvest Picnic. It was part farmer’s market, part rock show that included performances by great musicians I admire: Sarah Hammer, Daniel Lanois, Gord Downie, Emmylou Harris (love!) and Ray LaMontagne (LOVE!!!).
The next day, my friends and I drove to the Aberfoyle Antiques Market for a bit of shopping (I found so many great items) and on our way home to Toronto, we passed through Guelph. After grabbing lunch we saw this building which stood out from the row of buildings on the street.
I don’t know which style it is: it was built in 1882 but I was struck by the darkened stone work, the green-tinted windows, the abandoned look of the building… At street level there’s a restaurant called Apollo Eleven but the three floors above it looked abandoned. Hopefully one day it will be restored and used as an event space or office, similar to the Burroughs Building and not become a rockpile of bricks.
Some of you might have seen this video the other day, but if you haven’t, it’s worth looking into it. Rapper and actor Ice Cube takes us on a journey throughout the city of Los Angeles, showing us the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful of the city he knows best.
Shot in black and white, we see images of the city’s famous architecture landmarks that we’ve seen in movies, television shows and in the news. But the main focus of the video is his visit to the Eames house, a beautiful structure built in the late 40s.
The two-minute video clip is Ice Cube’s appreciation to style and design. The video is one of a few organized by the Getty Institute as part of the exhibition, Pacific Standard Time.
I’ve passed by this house a few times, never having the right opportunity to photograph it without a car parked in front of it. On a rainy afternoon I had my chance.
On one of my walks, I saw that the front window opens up like a door. From what I can see there was no screen and the owners had put a big comfy chair in front of it.