“Instead of getting an apartment, I decided I would build something that I could have forever.”
— Joel Fleck via

"The Vigil" forest fire outlook | OH!SOM hat tip

- modular & prefab design
- sole anchorage via single central leg
- minimal impact on the natural terrain
- purposefully unobtrusive during the months when unoccupied


House in Miyake | Hidetaka Nakahara Architects | Yoshio Ohno Architects | Via


Abandoned Duck Blinds | Dave Jordano | Via

Along the banks of the Mississippi River on the solid ice, duck hunters set up blinds, a cover device designed to conceal, and at the same time, shelter hunters while they wait for ducks to fly overhead. Duck blinds can be as simple as a natural depression on the ground, but in Midwestern United States, they are often elaborate structures, approaching the size and function of a small cabin with amenities.

In the winter of 2008, when photographer Dave Jordano headed West from Chicago, his home base, to the frozen Mississippi he chanced upon these structures, frail from being exposed to the elements. At first glance, there’s not much to a duck blind - they’re humble, often small structures made of simple materials—wood, paint, nails, netting, and bits of brush or grass. But Dave Jordano could see the beauty in them.


Pobble House (2013) by Guy Hollaway Architects

Photographed by Charles Hosea

Location: Ashford, Kent, England

Owing to the site’s significance, local planning policy dictates that any new building must replace an existing one and is to be of similar scale and proportion to that of the original. The design response from GHA to the clent’s brief was to create an architecture that understands ‘place’. To this end a material palette was chosen that would enhance with age, inspired by Dungeness. Whilst being designed to an incredibly tight budget of under £250,000, the building has a very high quality and robust nature to withstand the harsh climate.

To reduce the building’s impact on the natural shingle, it sits on a series of pad foundations which elevates the house off the beach, suspended by half a metre (1.64 feet). The timber frame construction is sealed by a rubber waterproofing layer that acts as a whole house gutter, allowing the rain to fall through the batten over-cladding and down the building. The three modules of the building are each enveloped in separate materials, a Core-ten steel mesh, Larch, and robust cement fibre board that will each act as rain-shields. The building is extremely durable, an important aspect considering the harsh climate and exposed setting. The exposure will cause the larch and core ten to weather silver and red respectively, an echo to the natural landscape. The building has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible.


1970 Oldsmobile Toronado GT RV Motorhome

Just so fresh & so clean

Last week Violet and I saw that someone had put together a tiny house sleeping cabin / music practice studio. It is located just below Violet’s Kindergarten where the 2011 March Tsunami washed everything away. I felt happy seeing this little house equipped with such amenities as a single burner camp stove, keyboard, a font porch with pansies in bloom, all scrap or reclaimed materials including Japanese cedar lap-siding & external window boxes with sliding plexiglass widows. There was even a makeshift solar array out front too.