Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

You know how modernism can sometimes glide over the darker mysteries of life? Its pure volumes, white whites, and slick compositions could easily make one think we have evolved away from magic, rites, and rituals. Take Alvar Aalto‘s Maison Louis Carré. Designed for a Parisian mid-(last)century art lover, the house-museum has airy asymmetrical tall volumes, curving woody furniture and crisp grassy terraces bathed in such sophistication we might actually believe in evolution. Jain gets it. She knows this is just our one point perspective. She knows that folded in to the scene right in front of us is a whole wonkier paradigm.

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Loblolly House by Kieran and Timberlake

Ah, the joyfully sunny, environmentally ethicalLoblolly House… It’s perfect for a breezy, flower-filled getaway picnic for young hippie-sters (I can’t tell if they’re hippies or hipsters…). They can run barefoot, chasing their rose-colored dreams and each other. This house gives them not a care in the world, what with its woody wood and bright open vistas. Wake up, throw that shirt crumpled in the corner on, run your fingers through your adorably messy hair, and start singing. You’re always right there on the sparkling sea.

 

Ennis House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Given this house color, mass, and tectonic(!), it is not surprising that Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Textile Block” Ennis House has been used for so many lovelorn and melancholy music videos. (I know this is the opposite of what I stated in class… I think I figured it out!!) They are all longing for someone… something… and the bleakness of the empty, cold concrete block match the interior life of the character singing. Sigh. It’s hard (literally and figuratively) and a little weird… the Ennis House.

And just who is 3T you ask? It turns out that the reason the three young guys in the video look so much like MJ is because he is their uncle. The three members are Tariano, Taryll, and Tito Joe (hence, 3Ts) and they are the sons of Tito Jackson, MJ’s older brother and fellow Jackson Five member. In 1995, this song, “Why?” was a big hit in Europe along with several others, which established 3T as a pop group there. They continue to make music and release albums, but haven’t been quite as popular since their first album. (Thanks Wikipedia!)

architecture when you least expect it

Last week I wasn’t playing the preshow. Instead I was just showing a video of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” since it was a catch up day… Lo and behold, architecture! At 1:00 Randy’s Donut Shop (remember the first day?) a landmark building in Inglewood, California that’s been in dozens of films and TV shows. Then, at 1:35 the Caltrans District 7 Building by Morphosis!! Good job, Mr. Timberlake!

McKinley Residence by David Hertz

The last video preshow featured the McKinley Residence (aka the Californication House because it was featured prominently in that TV show). This house is in Venice, California and was designed and built in two phases from 1996 to 2003. The architect, David Hertz, FAIA designed the house in multiple free standing units that were connected by the inner courtyard on the ground floor and bridges on the upper levels. It’s modeled after a balinese residential type that he came across in his surf (!) travels. Fortunately, he lives in California where this kind of living is possible… sigh.

In the video we see Jay-Z having (what else?) a party. The house helps portray his character as an affable and affluent host. This image similar to the one from previous video that featured Mr. Dogg living it up. I must admit, though, it’s a less impressive house and site (and party)… The sixties was definitely a wilder, freer party decade.