Friday Fun: Hunting Pavilions

I don’t approve of hunting, but I could easily find another purpose in life for these charming pavillons de chasses (hunting pavilions). The Book Club Pavilion maybe?

The unusually shaped pavilion in the Forêt de Dreux. From Wikimedia.
A breakfast pavilion for those hazy summer days in Kassel – maybe to read Enrique Vila-Matas? From
More of a gatehouse than a hunting lodge at Brockenhurst, although I expect they might still do the odd spot of hunting around here.
Sadly neglected, this charming little outhouse of Chateau Blossac. From fundraising page.
The oversized luxury, now a tourist centre from Chassons.
Another renovation project in St Germain-en-Laye, Pavillon de la Muette, from
Another crumbling French beauty from Pinterest.
More of an orangery than a hunting pavilion, in Plas Brondanw in Wales, from
Last but not least, one of the most famous of them all, the Pavillon de Galon in Luberon, France. Renowned not so much for its architecture, as for its gardens. From Regions de France.



Friday Fun: Villa, Villa, Villa

No, not Aston Villa (the only thing I know about that football club is that the first boy I ever went out on a date with was an Aston Villa supporter, and I imagined they played somewhere in front of a white plantation house with a portico – perhaps I was confusing it with cricket!). It’s villas that could be dreams for some and nightmares for others, the future for some and the death of architecture for others. Controversial ones, in other words!

Futuristic villa in Rhodes, from
And they do have an outhouse for the books! From
Flights of Birds villa in Portugal, from Home Design Lover.
Highly exposed design again, from Zachary Horne architects. Luckily, the owners have a dog to warn them.
Sci fi style desert house in California, from Weburbanist
Another Spaceship inspired house, this time in Denver, from Weburbanist.
The blend of greenery and view make the Today House in Hiroshima, designed by Kimihiko Okada (a woman architect) rather special. From Inhabitat,
Rolling holiday homes in Lithuania, from Do Architects.



Friday Fun: Contemporary and Futuristic Homes

Glass seems to be the building element of choice for futuristic homes. Let’s just hope there’s no one waiting to cast any stones!

The mountain chalet updated in Colorado, from
It’s all about the views in this Brazilian home, from Casa Claudia.
High ceilings seem to be compulsory in modern houses, as in this Spanish house. From Casa Luxo.
Inverted clifftop house (bedrooms downstairs, living room upstairs) from
Another American extravaganza, from
Now we move onto futurism, from
More modest and sustainable: a container home. From

Friday Fun: The Windows Have It

You can’t get enough daylight in winter, especially if you are stuck in a basement office, so here are some houses that use windows in a creative way, to give you the illusion of more space.

Scandinavian, of course! From
Townhouse in Ghent, from
The mastery of Japanese narrowness. From
House in Rock Creek, US, from ArchDaily.
A Japanese house that gives me vertigo just looking at it, from The
The heaviest glass doors you can imagine, from


Friday Fun: My Favourite Kind of Houses

Just in time for Christmas, it’s only right to show my true colours and admit that, although I like bold architecture in public buildings, I actually dream of living in a Georgian or Queen Anne house. I love the symmetry and uncluttered look of that period. See if you agree with me…

Georgian house in Wiltshire, from Tripadvisor.
Highgrove House, also known as Prince Charles’ residence. From The Fuller View.
A modernised mews cottage, most probably, from House & Garden Magazine UK.
The French are pretty good at this kind of architecture too. From Periwinkleliving on Tumblr.
The Americans have adopted it, of course, in the Colonial Style. From Williamslove.blogspot
Another French version of it from further south in Provence. From

And finally, this is what a (wealthy) Georgian Christmas would have looked like:

From the Jane Austen Centre.

Friday Fun: Country Cottages

When it gets snowy outside, these cosy country cottages with fireplaces seem like a dream come true. As long as you have food and drink, plenty of books and toilet paper to be snowed in. You might notice that most of these pictures were taken in summer… Still, it reminds me of what I love about the British countryside (although not all of them are British).

Holiday cottage in Bideford, Devon, from
French country cottage looks quite different, from
That’s the cottage we think of when we hear the word… at least in England. From Country Living.
You call it cottage, I call it mansion… From
More modern brickwork and no thatched roof, from
And the Welsh incarnation of a cottage, from Visit Wales website.
The quintessential American cottage, from a Maryland real estate agent website.
Weekend cottage in America, from

Friday Fun: The Architecture of Hundertwasser

Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (literally ‘Kingdom of Peace Hundred-Waters’ – a pseudonym, his birth name was Friedrich Stowasser) is famous for his colourful paintings and architectural designs which seem to defy gravity and bring nature indoors. His humanistic approach to building (for instance: ‘everyone should be entitled to a window to lean out of and contemplate the world’, ‘corridors should be like paths through a forest’ and his distaste for the straight-edged ruler and ‘chicken or rabbits in a cage’ approach of functional architecture) is very inspiring. He was a provocateur and a rebel all his life. My parents used to huff and puff with disdain when they saw him being interviewed on TV in my childhood, but I was entranced. You can read more about his achievements on this excellent website. Here are some of my favourite examples of his work.

Block of flats in Darmstadt, from
The Hundertwasser House in Vienna.
Die Gruene Zitadelle housing estate in Magdeburg, from
School in Wittenberg, from


Kuchlbauer Tower at a brewery, from Touropia.
Incineration plant in Japan, from
Ronald McDonald House in Essen, from Touropia.
Spa resort Bad Blumau in Styria, Austria, picture by Anja Fahrig, 2010.
Another aspect of Bad Blumau, from