Brookview Apartments, Raleigh - I live around the corner from this small rental community. I’ve always loved the purity of their simple saltbox forms. Because they are barely 800sf, it’s a slight tweaking of the typical proportions. But then they had to go ahead and rotate one unit and join it to another with a small porch/breezeway. What an remarkably modest and simple move! Fantastic! Complimented with open corners, they are a great example of the post-war Modernist vision…that nobody gets anymore. When development pressures come, I hope they subdivide and give options to the public to purchase rather than sell the whole kit and kaboodle to a developer. It would be a shame to see many of these go.
East Series :: a quick trip out to Gatesville yielded this handful of images of the drive. There’s a particular power in this landscape generally reserved for the Midwest: feral vs. domestic, horizon & sky…apparently vacant, but clearly shaped by european-descended occupation. And this was all just what can be observed along the state highway! I really enjoyed this quick survey. I need to go back and spend some meaningful time with it.
"…once an artist had come to a pragmatic conclusion, based on honest practice, to give a piece a definite shape and colour, that definition was not a whim of style. It was a fact that, by its very existence, became as objective as any piece of knowledge that is added to all we know in the world. That is what real means."
Rudi Fuchs on Donald Judd
Stunning restoration of Judd Home and Studio by Architecture Research Office (ARO). “’Judd saw history as something to be engaged, not treated as an artifact,’ says Yarinsky.” It is clear ARO respected this belief and are successful in surgically reviving the 1870 cast-iron building meant to celebrate the life of minimalist Donald Judd.
motivation to pare down…