Architectural homes

Colorado’s famous Spaceship House

image from: www.forbes.com

image from: www.forbes.com

Beam me up! When I think of Colorado (my adopted home state), I think of mountains, skiing, and the infamous Spaceship House. I have been in love with this beauty since I first laid eyes on her back in 2001.

image from: www.onlycolorado.com

image from: www.onlycolorado.com

While some claim the private residence to be downright ugly (Forbes magazine!) I think the house is absolutely captivating. And its mountain perch is the perfect setting for this UFO-esque thing.

image from: urban-review.com

image from: urban-review.com

Located just west of Denver in Genesee Colorado, The Sculptured House – its official name – is visible to passing motorists heading west on Interstate 70.

image from: www.forbes.com

image from: www.forbes.com

If you live in Colorado, you know this house. If you are a Woody Allen movie buff, you will also know this house from its appearance in the quirky 1973 sci-fi comedy Sleeper.

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Sleeper movie still from: www.thesun.co.uk

Indeed, science fiction and comedy collide in this one-of-a-kind Colorado landmark built in 1963 by architect Charles Deaton. Locals have long referred to the structure as the “Flying Saucer House”.

Here’s a rare photo of the shell being constructed in the early ’60’s:

image from: www.vebidoo.com

image from: www.vebidoo.com

Interestingly, Charles Deaton also designed several sports stadiums in the US including Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.

image from: www.imfromdenver.com

image from: www.imfromdenver.com

The architect described his inspiration for the home in this way:

On Genesee Mountain I found a high point of land where I could stand and feel the great reaches of the Earth. I wanted the shape of it to sing an unencumbered song.

– Chalres Deaton

image from: www.kontaktmag.com

image from: www.kontaktmag.com

While Deaton was the imagination behind the design, a company called Delzell Inc. was the ambitious builder of the home. Unfortunately, the company’s owners ran out of money before the project was complete. The interior of The Sculptured House was left unfinished for almost 3 decades until a Denver based developer bought the house in 1999. He had Charles Deaton design a large addition and hired Deaton’s daughter Charlee to finish the interior design. It was completed in 2003.

image from: www.moderndesign.org

image from: www.moderndesign.org

The home was sold again in 2006, but by 2010, the new owner had become delinquent on the mortgage and the property went into foreclosure. It sold at auction in November 2010 for $1.5 million

image from: www.denverpost.com

image from: www.denverpost.com

The entire home has five levels – 7,700 square feet – with 5 bedrooms and 5 baths.

image from: www.moderndesign.org

image from: www.moderndesign.org

image from: analiseindiscreta.wordpress.com

image from: analiseindiscreta.wordpress.com

image from: www.ncmodernist.org

image from: www.ncmodernist.org

On the top level is an awe-inspiring master suite.

image from: www.coloradohomesmag.com

image from: www.coloradohomesmag.com

The windows! The VIEWS!

image from: www.vebidoo.com

image from: www.vebidoo.com

It is probably the most iconic architectural landmark in Colorado, and certainly one of the most beautiful homes in a sea of atrociously expensive ski McMansions.

Personally, I’ve always thought it looked like a giant smiling clam…. the Cheshire Cat smile of architecture.

image from: been-seen.com

image from: been-seen.com

The big flip of the finger, wink and a nod.

 

Sources:

ImFromDenver.com

Wikipedia Sculptured House

Roadside America

DenverPost.com article

 

 

Check out another odd movie house in a spectacular setting that I profiled a while ago: Casa Malaparte

Casa Malaparte

 

 

Top 5 Unique Celebrity Vacation Homes

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*** Today’s post is written and compiled by guest writer Kurt Jacobson. House Crazy Sarah is on vacation. Just kidding. She’s still here, working hard at her day job.

1. Oprah’s Hawaiian farmhouse

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey first began buying property in Hawaii on the advice of her personal trainer Bob Greene. Today, she is the proud owner of a former ranch-turned 21st century farmhouse on a moss-covered hillside on the east side of Maui in addition to several other parcels of land. In a blog for the Huffington Post last year, she said that the first morning she woke up in the house after working on its renovation for three years, her heart swelled with gratitude as she looked out of the window at the green meadow and the ocean just beyond it. For Oprah, the Maui farmhouse is her ‘sacred space’ and the one place she can always go to when she wants ‘stillness’. The US First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly celebrated her 50th birthday here this year.

Oprah

Photos: Seen on Oprah.com

2. Armani’s Caribbean retreat

Famous Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is the proud owner of two gorgeous linked villas – Villa Flower and Villa Serene – on the scenic islands of Antigua. Entirely furnished with pieces from the Armani fashion line, this dramatic cliffside vacation home offers stunning views of the ocean from all the rooms and has several living and relaxation areas.

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The Netherlands Cube houses

image from: all-that-is-interesting.com

image from: all-that-is-interesting.com

Would you, could you, live in a box? A significantly tilted box – suspended above the street?

Well some hip urban folks in Rotterdam in the Netherlands have been embracing the concept for several decades now. This cluster of cube homes was designed by architect Piet Blom in 1984 to address high density housing issues while allowing for sufficient space on ground level for pedestrian activities.

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by:  Arroww)

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Arroww)

Each cube house is tilted at a 45 degree angle and perched upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. The entire cluster of cube homes is meant to represent a village within a city where “each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.” [source]

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Hanselpedia)

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Hanselpedia)

A forest………. interesting.

Known officially as Kubuswoningen, there are 40 cube houses that make up the development.

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Isle of Capri’s strange and seductive Casa Malaparte

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image from: travelmodus.com

On the eastern side of Italy’s Isle of Capri is an unusual house known as Casa Malaparte.

The design was conceived around the year 1937 by famed Italian architect Adalberto Libera. The client he prepared the plans for, however, rejected Libera’s drawings and fired him.  The client – writer Curzio Malaparte - went on to build the house himself with the assistance of a local stonemason.

image from: brunomaxwel.wordpress.com

image from: brunomaxwel.wordpress.com

It would not be overly dramatic to say that this home was born of conflict. Architects can be cantankerous creatures. When they are paired with artistic clients who have a strong vision of their own, conflicts are inevitable.

Nonetheless, Casa Malaparte came into being and has been enchanting the waters of Gulf of Salerno for over 70 years now.

image from: proiektuak1-nuriasacristan.blogspot.com

image from: proiektuak1-nuriasacristan.blogspot.com

The structure is basically a masonry box with reverse pyramidal stairs leading up to the wide roof-top patio. The design alone is daring, but add in the fact that Casa Malaparte is perched precariously 32 meters above sea level on a drastic cliff, and you have one spectacular home.

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The largest (bank owned) house in Canada

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image from: whispersfromtheedgeoftherainforest.blogspot.com

Since I am up in Canada for the summer, I thought I’d take a closer look at the largest house in Canada. No Queen of Versailles bling-bling here – this sleek thing is way out in the Canadian wilderness.

image from: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

image from: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

The setting is pristine and remote but the house clocks in at more square feet that the American White House!

65,000 square feet to be exact – that’s the same size as Bill Gates’ house!

image from: priceypads.com

image from: priceypads.com

It is located near the town of Haileybury in north-eastern Ontario, along the shores of Lake Temiskaming.

(See map below)

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