Links we love include Menagerie, a new book of photographer Sharon Montrose's animal portraits (above), Chez Panisse menus, a tour of a green home in San Francisco, DIY chalkboard lamps made from old plastic planters, and an Art Nouveau poster of...Natalie Portman!
Each year, London's Serpentine Gallery has a temporary pavilion designed by a well-known architect. This year's version is by Pritzker prize winner Peter Zumthor, with a garden by Piet Oudolf—the first time horticulture has joined architecture in the 11 years of the pavilion's history.
At the University of Stuttgart, Germany, a new architectural discipline is evolving, with leaves, branches, and roots. The research group is called Baubotanik (Botanic Architecture), and it is where the architects are gardeners, and the plants are architects.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House with a stylized motif of the flower, which grow alongside the Los Angeles landmark building. The effect is a beautiful symmetry of architecture and nature, with a surprising unity of character: somehow, the concrete hollyhocks look no less elegant than the living flowers reflected beneath them.
The Miller House, designed by Eero Saarinen, has a landmark Modernist garden designed by Dan Kiley. This month, May 2011, the house and garden are opening to the public for tours for the first time in 50 years, allowing visitors to walk through this triumph of mid-century Modern design.
True Life: Steven Harris Architects, from Princeton Architectual Press, is a retrospective that covers Steven Harris Architects' first twenty-five years. The firm has long made landscape design an integral part of its work, with its in-house landscape unit spun off four years ago as Rees Roberts + Partners. Our review of the book, with a look at three inside spreads.
Artist Lawrence Weiner's house in New York's West Village has windows and a penthouse (which overlooks a rooftop garden) built with truck containers. The penthouse is part of a beautiful renovation by architects LOT-EK.
Afternoon inspiration: This summer house in Mar Azul, Buenos Aires, Argentina, was built by BAK architects. The house wraps around the trees that grow on the property, integrating nature into a very modern house structure.