Wednesday, March 28, 2007

busy as a bee...or a bird

as you've no doubt noticed, the keen eyes went on hiatus last week. it's that time of year when things start exploding - work, chores, blossoms - and we just couldn't keep up.

but today, in honor of the spring-like temperatures and the urge for the outdoors, i wanted to share these wonderful modern birdhouses i've come across in the past few days.

a collaboration between Dale Dixon, practicing architect and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and Nathan Wieler, developer of architect-designed modern prefab homes, modern birdhouse is a series of birdhouses designed to honor the architectural pioneers who participated in the Case Study Houses Program.

there are three distinct birdhouses, named JR, Richard, and Ralph. each are made of sustainably harvested teak and finished with an oil that protects against water, mildew, and uv rays.

the jr [below] was inspired by Case Study House #1, designed by J. R. Davidson and built in 1946.

the richard [below] was inspired by the houses designed by Richard Neutra, and recalls the floating, sloped roofs of three of his unbuilt homes.

and finally, the ralph [below] was inspired by Ralph Rapson's iconic Greenbelt House design (#4), which features an enclosed garden and angled rooflines.
absolutely gorgeous. they are for sale over at velocity design or you can get them straight from the source.

look for a post in the near future about the Case Study Houses.

happy spring.

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