Article: Laurie Virr's House 'Rivendell' - Canberra, AU

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Article: Laurie Virr's House 'Rivendell' - Canberra, AU

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A great article on a great house.
The photo noted Rivendell4, which looks toward the dining and workspace appears to show a retractable window wall?

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DRN wrote:A great article on a great house.
The photo noted Rivendell4, which looks toward the dining and workspace appears to show a retractable window wall?
Text accompanying the photos states the north (sun) elevation is composed of French doors and stationary glass.

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The juxtaposition and integration of diamond and hemicycle feels so natural and flowing in the hands of a sensitive architect. I would love to see even more photos!

(And Mr. Virr... I miss your insightful posts!)

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Rood: My question was rooted in what I saw as a conflict between the appearance of the curved window wall, the plan, and some of the photos of Rivendell that appear to indicate immovable mullions and hinged sashes, whereas the photo I referenced at the dining area appears to be without regular mullions and sashes.
It was brought to my attention offline that the article was written with no direct consultation with Mr. Virr, and that the photo to which I referred was of another solar hemicycle that Mr. Virr designed...one that has mullionless windows.

I too miss Laurie's keen eye, deep thought, and dry wit on Chat.

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Me too. I deeply regret having chased Laurie away -- after having encouraged him to post here in the first place. Never trust a Scorpio . . .

There's some vintage Virr here. http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewt ... sc&start=0 In re his disdain for some of his fellow Australian practitioners, something in that thread led me to this: http://www.petermuller.org Check out the Audette house, for instance . . .

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"Most people buy houses to keep their televisions dry" Laurie Virr

"Straight and True [teaser]" on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/71970299?ref=em-v-share

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Straight and true teaser excellent! What house is it at minute 7:43???

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Virr has a site. Just enter "Laurie Virr, Architect" and it pops up. It's a slow-loading site with more text than photos or drawings.

One of his houses, a very small rotated square in plan, "was" perfection. Unfortunately a buyer hired someone else to enlarge and, essentially, ruin it.

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From the teaser trailer at minute 7:43 does anyone recognise that house and who the architect is? It looks familiar... definate wright influence. well done."Straight and True [teaser]" on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/71970299?ref=em-v-share

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Not Wright, but certainly by someone familiar with the Usonian. I take it all work is found in Australia. No sound to the trailer ?

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Really? I had sound. That's where I found the great tv quote (toward the end of the trailer).

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I had sound. The inforamtion in the film is great. Very intriguing.
Its a pretty good Usonian!

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What I found to be interesting is the connection between Australian and Southern Californian architecture. I could have sworn that I was looking at LA Case Study houses.

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