SPACES: Masculine Design Inspiration

There hasn’t been much focus for designing masculine spaces on the site thus far.  So I thought I would do a continuation of the last Bachelor Talk since the feedback was very appreciative.  With less talk and more show, here are some inspirational spaces with masculine design appeal.


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ARCHITECTURE: Hawaii Home by Olson Kundig Architects

Jealousy is an ugly human trait, the word itself insinuates negativity where as envy seems to be a more positive word with a similar connotation. That may seem a little out of the blue but the point is I am continuously envious of the beautiful designs out there and the creative geniuses behind them all… in a good way! My finds continuously inspire me to push myself, experiment and ultimately exceed expectations. So instead of being jealous of what others may have, be envious and let them inspire you.

On the same note one of my girlfriends was just vacationing in Hawaii, looking for a summer home.  I found myself to be quite envious, so I decided to research designs in Hawaii and I came across a home designed by one of my faves, Kundig. Olson Kundig Architects were given the challenge of constructing a highly functional and durable home that will weather the tropical storms and strong ocean winds.  Located close to a well-known surfing spot, Slaughterhouse Beach House expands the concept of a traditional surfing hut with three connected huts – general living quarters, guest suites, and a main sleeping area. The structure’s walls are constructed from rammed earth. In this process, different local earth-based mixtures are packed together, and the resulting striated layers are visible both inside and outside the building. The walls blend in with the surroundings, are low maintenance, virtually fireproof, and a strong barrier to sound. The roofs share a resemblance to sails and are designed in such a way to follow the patterns of the wind. The house design highlights the incredible view with ribbon windows extending along the vertical facades.  The windows are designed on a hydraulics system and when lifted the house forms more of an open concept pavilion exposed to the natural elements.

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ARCHITECTURE: The Rolling Bridge

Heatherwick Studio has been producing incredibly innovative projects for over a decade now and among their inspiring creations is this organically modeled bridge. The rolling bridge design functions is such a way to allow both worker’s access as well as the boat moored in the inlet. The bridge spans across the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, in London.  ”The aim of the project was to make the movement the extraordinary aspect of the bridge,” and I would have to say they most certainly achieved that.  This is by far the most innovative bridge I have seen to date.

For specifics on the construction of The Rolling Bridge visit their website by clicking on the link

Architecture: Montreal Home Awarded for Excellence in Architecture

Winner of the 1st prize, “single-family residential buildings” category, 2011 for Excellence in Architecture, Ordre des architectes du Québec. , La Cornette located in Cleveland, Montreal is a residences with a soaring roof resembling a nun’s cornet wimple and under this unique roof is a roomy dwelling modelled on traditional Quebec houses of past that lodged large families and their relatives. Designed byYiacouvakis Hamelin, Architectes (YH2architecture), the interior is mainly wood, painted or natural, in planks or panels. Since this home is specially designed for celebrations and holidays, it must provide a large resting place for two families and it does so in a series of bedrooms and unusual sleeping areas.

The interior furnitures is composed almost exclusively of custom made furniture like the refectory table for meals, the day table with hideaway television set and the stainless-steel kitchen island.

A balustrade bookshelf along the stairway.

Night-lights made of aluminum panels with cut-outs of fireflies, fish, and frogs

Wall-to-wall beds where people sleep foot-to-foot to overhanging bunk beds floating in the landscape.

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Tom Kundig

A look into just a few of the projects produced by the Seattle-based architect whose work has been called both raw and refined, as well as super-crafted and warm. Kundig’s projects, especially his houses, uniquely combine these two seemingly disparate sets of characteristics to produce some of the most inventive structures found in the architecture world today. Kundig’s internationally acclaimed work is inspired by both the industrial structures with which he grew up in the Pacific Northwest and the vibrant craft cultures that are fostered there. His buildings uniquely meld industrial sensibilities and materials such as Cor-ten steel and concrete with an intuitive understanding of scale. As Kundig states, “The idea is insaperable from the fabrication, inseparable from the materials used.”


The idea for the cabin is that of a lakeside shelter in the woods—a little box with a big window that opens to the surrounding landscape. The cabin’s big window-wall (30 feet by 20 feet) opens the entire living space to the forest and lake. Materials are low maintenance—concrete block, steel, concrete floors and plywood—in keeping with the notion of a cabin, and left unfinished to naturally age and acquire a patina that fits in with the natural setting. The cabin sleeps ten.


Situated in a semi-arid conifer forest in eastern Washington, the house is essentially a collection of attached wood boxes springing from three stone piers that bridge the natural undulations of a hill. Designed for a family, the house is purposefully informal in its layout and in its use of interior finishes. Inside, the spaces are open and interconnected. The kitchen, dining and living rooms are essentially one big space with floor-to-ceiling windows; bedrooms are clustered in a less-open portion of the house. A small, detached wood-clad box serves as a home office and is the one concession to privacy.

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