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XANTHORIA ELEGANS (elegant sunburst lichen)
There are many fascinating elements of this North Shore site, from the dense, delicate treescape to the bold geology of the shoreline basalt. But one of the most stunning surprises is the colorful, elegant blankets of lichen and mosses that cover the gray rocks, ground and trees throughout the site. The biology of lichen is fascinating as it is the symbioses of two organisms—a fungus and an algae—creating a completely unique structure. They thrive in the most inhospitable climates and create the most painterly patterns and colors as they spread. In the harsh climate of the North Shore, these beautiful layers, textures and compositions look very much like protective quilts, buffering the site.
Following this concept, the diagram of the house is a simple gray mass that hovers above the ground and rock outcroppings. To preserve the site and minimize excavation, the slope to the lake is unobstructed by utilizing pier footings. On the exterior, there is a simple layering of brightly colored accent materials in key locations. A wrapping, protective canopy at the entrance; a low layer at the kitchen to allow for storage on a predominantly glass wall; a privacy screen at the master bedroom.
On the interior, rooms are also created by the wrapping of material. This plan concept allows for a pavillion-like space within the house. This permeability of spaces along with extensive glass walls maintains a strong indoor-outdoor connection.
The carport I built in the spring of 2011 has been dismantled and the pieces from the carport have been turned into furniture to help fund the next Parasol Modular experiment. Pictured are some of the different types of furniture pieces that will be for sale on www.kickstarter.com. beginning November 1, 2011.
Parasol Modular Coffee Table
12″ tall x 23 1/2″ wide
Parasol Modular Bedside Table
23 1/2″ tall x 12″ wide
Parasol Modular Desk
25 1/2″ tall x 23 1/2″ wide
Parasol Modular High Shelf
45″ tall x 23 1/2″ wide
Stoleson Residence completed
Fall photos of garden, deck and yard
The first Parasol Modular carport.
These photos were taken at the Living Green Expo Spring of 2011.
New photos of the finished remodel.
For those chicken lovers out there, here is our new chicken coop just in time for the Chicken Coop Fall Tour 2011.
Other facts: the name of our coop is the henHAUS.
Our chickens are Tallulah (Silver-laced Wyandotte) and Good Time Sally (Black Australorp). Esmeralda (Barred Rock) was unfortunately devoured by a hawk.
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Who would have thought that playing with a child’s toy would inspire an idea for a solar carport for electric vehicles? This is what happens when architect Kerrik Wessel plays with his children. Conceived with a child’s imagination and detailed with an architect’s expertise, Parasol Modular is an artful approach to modular building systems.
This house renovation was drawn up for a couple and their child who fortunately survived a rain and wind storm during the summer of 2010. Their house and yard didn’t survive as well as their family. A large tree crashed through the roof and as a result of a perfectly flat mid-century roof, the rain which had pooled on the roof, came pouring into their house. Most of the interior walls, floors and kitchen had to be ripped out immediately. The couple were thinking of putting a new kitchen in and adding a third bedroom before the storm hit. With the insurance money and some of their own, they decided that they should go ahead with their plans while they lived in a hotel room for 6 months. The hotel had a pool too.
Completed Images Coming!