From a totally personal point of view . . .

Can it get any better than this? I love modernism, and I love (the idea of) keeping chickens. Add one to the other and you get this:

"The minimalist pavilion was built in 2001. It may be the only art gallery in the world where one can see orchids growing in a room cantilevered over the main art gallery."

"The Eycks' gallery, Hedge House, shows the work of modern artists, like Erik Andriesse. A glass-walled chicken coop, with access to an outdoor run, is at one end."

Noted in today's New York Times story, "Harmonizing Art and Nature" about Jo and Marlies Eyck, owners of Wijlre Castle, a 17th-century Dutch castle near Maastricht in the Netherlands. – GF

Photos: Herman Wouters for The New York Times

Robert Damora – Photographer | Architect

If you don't know of him already, Robert Damora (1912 – 2009) was a Modernist architect in his own right, but he was also a photographic chronicler of Modern architecture whose precise eye and 8x10 view camera gave us so many terrific images – grand and intimate – over the course of his 70 year career.

Learn more here about this creative force who helped us see the buildings and the people behind them with elegance and honesty, and of whom Walter Gropius one commented, “I consider him the best photographer of architecture in this country.” – GF

In Ati's words

Here's a nice remembrance from Ati Gropius Johansen about the process of designing their 1938 family home in Lincoln, MA.

If you haven't already, do visit the house:

June 1 through October 15: Wednesday through Sunday
October 16 through May 31: Saturday and Sunday
Tours at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Admission: $10, Historic New England members and Lincoln residents free

68 Baker Bridge Road
Lincoln, Mass. 01773
(781) 259-8098

Heads Up!

Seen on a few sites like materialicious and Trendir a little while ago, I can't help myself and must post something about the Zufferey house by Nunatak Architectes here on Modern. The photo of the house with the backdrop of the mountain whose shape it mimics is staggering. And the green underside . . . Oh my! I love how it looks as if it dropped from the sky and just sort of stuck there in the vineyard and grew roots. – GF