Author Scott M B Gustafson


Louis Kahn understood the power of it.

Louis Kahn understood the power of it.

“Silence is the mystery of the world to come. Speech is the organ of this present world. More than all things love silence: it brings you a fruit that the tongue cannot describe. In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then from our very silence is born something that draws us into deeper silence. May God give you an experience of this ‘something’ that is born of silence. If you practice this, inexpressible light will dawn upon you.”

Issac of Ninivev

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Windsor Square

Raising families since 1922

Built in 1922

MAISON ORION’S latest project is a renovation and addition to an existing home in central Los Angeles. Located in historic Windsor Square, this neighborhood was subdivided in 1911 from Rancho La Brea. The homes in the neighborhood represent several architectural styles including Craftsman, Spanish Colonial, Tudor, English and American Colonial. The area was home to J. Paul Getty and Raymond Chandler. Nearby Larchmont Boulevard was used in several films dating back to 1924 including Harold Lloyd’s Hot Water and For Heaven’s Sake, Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. and Eight on the Lam with Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller.

This home is nearly 100 years old. The plan is to expand the house in a manner that is sensitive to its architectural heritage while updating it for the needs of a contemporary family, hopefully leading it into another 100 years of service. Check back for periodic updates.

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Recently I came across the Tumblr blog Poetry & Concrete. A set of images that are quite poetic but thankfully devoid of concrete are from the an exhibition of indigenous architecture at the Brazilian Pavilion of 2014 Biennale di Venezia. Unfortunaely I have not found much more information about the photographers or the tribes who created this architecture except for this little post on Designboom.