I am not clear what the correct line is on quirky and architecture. This is not a blog about architecture, and I know that when I start talking about architecture I am an interloper on thin ice. That said, I do find architecture intrinsically interesting and I believe that architecture contributes to the overall quirky fabric of our city. With that equivocation, here are postings that touch on architecture.
These are called “Provincial Realism” or “Mother Goose Houses” or “Storybook Houses” or my favorite, Hansel and Gretel houses. They charm. They are quirky.
Googie is shorthand for coffee shop moderne, the rage of the 1950s. We don’t have a lot, and what I call Googie might be nothing more than debased modernism, but it is here and quirky..
I expected to find a fair number of domes in Berkeley. I didn’t. So I settled for buildings not reliant on right angles. Just not right!
Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger designed a masterpiece of quirk at Dwight and King Way. Their home on McGree is also a testament to whimsy.
In actuality it is not a fish house, it is a tardigrade, a small, water-dwelling, segmented animal. Fish or not, the quirk gun is set on stun here.
It was built in the 1920s, evoking the character of European villages as experienced by Americans fighting in the Great War. Construction continued until the 1950s. It is magical.
After a discussion of Coleridge’s willful suspension of disbelief, I present three castles from our Berkeley, as well as two from other Berkeleys. With disbelief suspended, these are splendid, quirky Berkeley castles.
For the first post of 2016, I ignore the cardinal rule of Quirky Berkeley and go inside houses. Inspirational bathrooms for the DIY crowd.
After an explanation of the calculations that go into the total quirk rating, an exploration of the use of shipping containers in Berkeley’s yards – thanks to a tip about one on 5th street that made enough to post.
Raymond Loew – a great industrial designer – created the tower design for Lucky’s. This two-square Loew tower is at the Shattuck and Rose CVS, a former Lucky’s. Squares to the sky!
An orange, mud hut, bale, shipping container, caboose, yurt, tree house, trailer, tiny house, Aistream, bunkie. And more. DIY!
I find bungalow courts to be inherently quirky. I realize that not all would agree. Here are some – not all – some of Berkeley’s fine class of bungalow courts.
A second look at some of Berkeley’s bungalow courts. Courtyard living! Simpler life! Night-scented brugmansia!
The early 1970s indoor mall at Telegraph and Blake is a magical time capsule, encapsulating a Berkeley that is slipping away. It’s facing the wrecking ball. Can’t we do better?
A sampling of Berkeley’s tree houses, markers of childhood and innocence. They evoke. They make me smile.