Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
My gripe with this book, In House by Derry Moore, is not with the contents per se (though I do have reservations about those) nor with the quality of the graphic design. Let me explain.
A few years ago I bought another much anticipated book, Dawn Jacobson's Chinoiserie, and was thoroughly irritated by the way the designers of the book seemed to concentrate more on the design of the page than its content. Simply put, many of the images were too small for legibility and floated in a sea of negative space – resulting in pages that looked like a poor imitation of a Swiss grid layout current in graphic design thirty years before.
In the case of Mr Moore's In House, the size of the photos is not in question – in most cases they fill the pages. Without exception they are of rooms that feel hermetic, so it could be argued that the photographer achieved an appropriate sense of intense privacy, underscored by the designer's use of black as a framing device for the photos.
The printing is the problem. The photos are printed on a relatively matte paper. Those of you who have ever printed a color photo on regular bond paper will know what I am complaining about. Matte paper does not reflect the light back through the layers of transparent printing ink - what is needed is a good quality art paper of high sheen. The publishers of In House chose to use a matte paper so to my eyes much of what I am seeking is lost in sunken ink.
A disappointment to the point that I am sending the book back to Amazon. Some might argue that if the photos are interesting enough, the book is worth keeping. Interesting they are, but I have seen so many of them over the years and did not expect to see them again with 1980s-quality design and printing.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The home tour is over - what began as a conversation over drinks two years ago has been accomplished and a real sense of anti-climax has set in. I met some very interesting and interested people, including Terry of Architectural Tourist which was a great pleasure if a brief one; saw some beautiful and chic homes and wondered at the amount of talent and culture displayed in these two towers. I'm tired, sleepy and yet remain on the sofa in the library listening to the sounds of sleep from the bedroom and writing this post - as if I'm loath to let the day go. My house is finished, as far as it ever will be and I am proud of what we have achieved, he and I, in our battles, our misgivings and our loving moments - a house I hope is chic, comfortable and welcoming.
To end the day, Purcell's An Evening Hymn
Now, now that the sun hath veil’d his light
And bid the world goodnight;
To the soft bed my body I dispose,
But where shall my soul repose?
Dear, dear God, even in Thy arms,
And can there be any so sweet security!
Then to thy rest, O my soul!
And singing, praise the mercy
That prolongs thy days.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
The architectural style, known as Brutalist Modernism, was as striking then as it is now. It makes creative use of concrete, minimal surface decoration, open floor plans and floor-to-ceiling windows. Great attention was also paid to interior details and finishes, such as the ribbed walnut paneling in the double-height lobbies.
The Plaza Towers was built as a condominium, but this approach was ahead of its time for the Atlanta market, so the building was leased as apartments for about 10 years before going condo. Since then, Plaza Towers has been home to hundreds of Atlantans who appreciate its spacious design, excellent amenities and superb location.
The restaurant closed when the buildings went condo, and its location became the Plaza Room, which is used today for the residents’ Spring Fling and Holiday parties, and by individual residents for their own entertaining.
The two towers are each 250 feet tall and originally contained a total of 176 units. Over the years, several have been combined into larger homes, so today, Plaza Towers has 160 units, along with 11 offices and 3 guest suites (which residents can rent for out-of-town visitors). Three lower decks provide 333 parking spaces.
Other amenities include the Plaza Room (with its catering kitchen), conference room with wireless internet, library, a well-equipped fitness center, men’s and women’s saunas, and an enclosed dog run. Concierges are on duty 24/7 in both towers, and security is provided by keyless access control and closed-circuit TV systems.
Plaza Towers floor plans are an exercise in the maximization of both space and comfort. Each tower is served by three elevators, shared by at most four homes per floor. The towers have a square footprint, and each home occupies a corner of that square – so everyone enjoys views in two directions. On floors 6 and above, all units feature balconies in both directions. They don’t build ’em like this any more!