modernist building

Part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, Cité Radieuse in Marseille, France. Designed in the 1950s, now the home to the rooftop art space MAMO - featuring a trio of graphic murals by Swiss artist Felice Varini -  photography by André Morin for AD October 2016

Homes: Pedro Reyes House
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Pedro Reyes House

The Mexico City home and studio of Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes and his fashion-designer wife Carla Fernandez features crazy paving floors, as well as a staircase and double-height library rendered in coarse concrete.

The building, named Pedro Reyes House, is made primarily from concrete, applied in varying degrees of coarseness. It provides a workplace and home for the couple and their two young children.

The design takes its cues from Mexico City’s modernist and brutalist building.  

The bookcase spans one wall of the lounge and its uppermost shelves are accessed by a board-marked concrete staircase. It features cantilevering steps and leads up to a narrow gallery overlooking the lounge.

The house is furnished with pieces made by the couple, including a pair of Reyes’ Mano-Sillas chairs and a geodesic light fitting, as well as a mid-century classic – a black Eames Lounge chair.

Source: Denzeen

Adriana en la Slovenský Rozhlas (Radio Eslovaca) Bratislava, Eslovaquia.
(Arq. Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič & Barnabáš Kissling, 1967-83)

Mayo, 2016

Fotografía de Carlos Traspaderne. Hasselblad 500 C/M

Building for the Military Houses Patronage, Madrid, Spain.

(Arch. Fernando Higueras & Antonio Miró, 1967-75)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.


A modernist apartment in Paris, near Eiffel Tour.

The apartment that was once the home of Auguste Perret, the pioneer of concrete and master of Le Corbusier,  is now owned by architect Felix Claus. As all the original listed building, the 1930s apartment was entirely built of concrete by Auguste Perret; the interiors featured oak-wood floors and walls, concrete columns and circular plaster ceilings encased in wood fiber panels. And now nothing has changed: the space still looks like it was then, the new owner only furnished it with design icons and contemporary pieces, such as the red armchairs and Zig Zag chairs by Gerrit Rietveld, the black ones by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini, the Tulip table and side table by Eero Saarinen, produced by Knoll.


i was in toronto this weekend, and looking out the window of my hotel, and i saw this perfect modernist apartment building gem. 

per usual, i know nothing about it.
when it was built?
by whom was it built?
i have no idea?
i have no idea.

but it’s a gem, sort of looking as if it walked from brasilia to toronto and sat down in an otherwise leafy little suburb. 

maybe it’s a space port.but i think that pretty much anything interesting looks like a space port. so we’ve decided, it’s a space port.

Fakulta chemickej a potravinárskej technológie STU (Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology Slovak Technical University), Bratislava, Slovakia.

(Art. Jarmila Dicová-Ondrejková, 1984)

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Kodak film.

Ministry of Culture, Madrid, Spain.

Photo by Carlos Traspaderne with Hasselblad 500 C/M & Ilford film.