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Three Buildings: Noah Walker

We published architect Noah Walker's first project—a handsome renovation of a Hollywood bugalow—this summer, but checked back in to see which three buidlings most inspired him. They range from the truly old—a Kyoto temple—to the rather more contemporary work of the great Portugese architect Álvaro Siza.
October 17, 2012
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Soren Rose

For our latest installment of Three Buildings, we turned to Danish designer Søren Rose. His picks for this trio of inspiring buildings mines the great modernist canon while also turning up a pair of rather unexpected buildings. Read on for a proper lesson in architectural history.
August 13, 2012
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Three Buildings: Andrew Maynard

One of our favorite architects Down Under is the Melbourne-based, but Tasmania-bred, Andrew Maynard. He showed us around Melbourne for our June 2011 Detour and now he's weighing in with the three buildings that have had the biggest impact on him.
June 6, 2012
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Mitchell Joachim's Foundational Buildings

In this installment of Three Buildings, we put our standard question—which three buildings have changed the way you think about design—to Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE. Known for his meathouses and soft cars, and this little story in our May 2012 issue, I had no idea what he'd come back with as foundational buildings. Read on to see what moves this fascinating architect and don't miss him in conversation with Dwell's editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron at Dwell on Design 2012 this June in Los Angeles.
May 30, 2012
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Schoenenberger's Favorite Buildings

Continuing our series where we ask our favorite architects and designers about the three buildings that most inspire and impress them, we turn to Erich Schoenenberger of su11 architecture + design. Schoenenberger most recently impressed us with his and his partner Ferda Kolatan's design for a 620-square-foot apartment in New York City for a family of four, which appeared in our March 2011 issue and featured a serpentine floor-to-ceiling wall of laminate cabinets.   Asked to pick his three favorite structures, he globe-hopped from Mexico to Spain to Italy—where he raved about a most popular structure, the Casa Malaparte, also selected by Page Goolrick for her "Three Buildings" list. Reflecting on what these three buildings have in common, he said: "Sagrada Familia and the Lautner house share a dynamic space experience; the Lautner house and Casa Malaparte both have a great interrelationship of building and landscape/views." See below for more about each...                                        Casa Marbrisa                                      Acapulco, Mexico, John Lautner, 1973
October 19, 2011
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Page Goolrick's Favorite Buildings

It's fun asking architects what their favorite buildings are; you discover all kinds of cool buildings you didn't know existed, and also gain insight into that architect's design influences. We've recently heard from industrial designer Gustavo Fricke; architect Jeff Sherman; and architect Gerald Parsonson. This week's list comes courtesy of architect Page Goolrick, a longtime Dwell favorite. We've featured her own apartment in New York in a 2006 issue, and I wrote about her renovation of a beach bungalow on Long Island last June. Here are her picks for the three most inspiring buildings she's encountered.
October 4, 2011
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Science Fiction Architecture

For this week's "Three Buildings" column I turned to industrial designer Gustavo Fricke. We featured him and his Oaxaca shop Blackbox in our July/August issue's Design Finder ("Hecho in Oaxaca," online here). He currently lives in San Francisco and has traveled a fair bit, so I was curious to hear which three buildings inspire him most. Sure enough, his picks span the globe, from Mexico City to San Francisco to Paris.   When asked what unites the three buildings he selected, Fricke replies: "Since I was a kid I've been fascinated by science fiction. Science fiction explores future scenarios that push the boundaries of our imagination. These three buildings, too, allow for the projection of the imaginary—for the representation in our present time of a future world to come. They are props of a future possibility, frozen in time."
September 2, 2011
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Gerald Parsonson's Favorite Buildings

I've admired Kiwi architect Gerald Parsonson's work for some time. There are so many strong projects on his firm's website, including the one we featured in our June issue—his own beach house, inspired by New Zealand's traditional "bach" architecture. So I was curious to hear what three buildings most inspire him and influence his own work.   "I have a very broad appetite for architecture so it was quite hard to choose 'favorites,'" Parsonson wrote in response to my query. Pressed to identify a link between his eclectic choices—detailed below—he said: "I enjoy architecture that explores and expands the resonance of place, that can frame things in ways that are unexpected or beautiful. There is so much generic modernism produced these days that I find it exciting to discover architecture that transforms normal situations into something unique and special and in doing so becomes unique itself. I think these three buildings, even though they are quite different, do this for me."
August 29, 2011
Right: Grand Central Station shot by David Iliff (via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>)

Jeff Sherman's Favorite Buildings

For this week's "Three Buildings" column I turned to Jeff Sherman of the New York architecture firm Delson or Sherman. We're featuring his painstakingly hand-renovated home (a formerly decrepit illegal kennel!) in our September issue ("New Prospects," online here) as well as in an online behind-the-scenes video here.   "If I had to choose just three favorite buildings, I’d say Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, and the Mill Owners' Association Building in Ahmedabad—they all make my heart jump," says Sherman. "These buildings have a couple big things in common:  in all three, form transcends program, and all are subversively occupiable. By that, I mean that the shapes of the buildings dramatically exceed their humble practical requirements, and they all offer access to spaces that feel off-limits. These buildings showed me what architecture could be."
August 23, 2011