I have an intense jealousy for California. The weather, landscape, people (two of my best friends do reside there), and, of course, the architecture and design. I’ve already stated my love for Palm Springs and it’s warm-weather designed houses, but throughout the state mid-century gems scatter the neighborhoods. We have this on the East Coast as well, but somehow have not harnessed that same mystique and cool-factor and put that back into restoring our mid-century remnants. But, while driving, I love to peer out the window and glimpse those gems, clad in concrete block screens.
The Surf Rider Apartments in Virginia Beach
One of my favorite buildings on L Street in NW DC
Capital Park Plaza near the Navy Yard
We were trying to take a short cut and miss some traffic when we drove past the Surf Rider. I immediately made hubs pull over so I could take a few pictures. Imagine restoring those mirrored buildings into a chic boutique hotel! Create a great landscaped procession leading you between the two buildings and into a fun hotel lobby, complete with a Manhattan waiting for you upon arrival. Take down the ugly little signs, find amazing Danish Modern furniture and some fun and funky light fixtures, vibrant bed linens and full mini-bar in each room. It could be amazing. I’m throwing out gold, here!
So many awesome buildings in DC need to be renovated and embraced for their gorgeous concrete block screens, too. But, it seems the West Coast knows what’s up…
The glorious Parker Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA. I know yo’ve seen a bunch of weddings here!
Image via Jaimee Rose
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Some architects are embracing the concrete screen in a modern context. I’m trying to gauge a good client that would accept a gorgeous courtyard space utilizing the screen!
Image via Plastolux by Studio MK27
Images via Dezeen by Khosla Associates
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Have a client, or have a bunch of money to renovate or buy a gorgeous mid-century house? Check out some of these concrete block designs! I’m so stoked they still make them!
A-1 Block Corp has all your basics. I’m sure many masonry companies have lines as well. It will just take a little asking around. Best case scenario, I design my own! One can dream.