Previously occupied by Auguste Perett, one of France’s most celebrated 20th-century architects, this 1930s Paris penthouse now seves as the weekend home of Dutch architect Felix Claus. Claus paid three years worth of rent in advance to gain permission to restore the apartment. Photos: Hotze Eisma.
The Brain, Seattle WA by Olson Kundig Architects
The Brain is a 14,280 cubic-foot cinematic laboratory where the client, a filmmaker, can work out ideas. Physically, that neighborhood birthplace of invention, the garage, provides the conceptual model. The form is essentially a cast-in-place concrete box, intended to be a strong yet neutral background that provides complete flexibility to adapt the space at will. Inserted into the box along the north wall is a steel mezzanine. All interior structures are made using raw, hot-rolled steel sheets.