Artists Handmade Houses

Kevin Brown

“Artists’ Handmade Houses”

Handcrafting your own house is an incredibly intriguing endeavor, especially when you are both the owner and an artist. Architect Michael Owen Gotkin has captured this concept in his book, showcasing examples of houses that were built by their owners during the late 19th to mid-20th century. One notable homeowner is architect Paolo Soleri, whose house embodies the essence of Arizona’s scorching heat.

Artists Handmade Houses

The stone table serves as a seamless transition from the kitchen to the outdoor dining room and workspace in the southern courtyard. The cave bathroom features a wall that connects to the back of the fireplace in the next room, providing heat during winter. Each element is a reinterpretation of the master’s organic architecture.

Another featured artist is the American furniture designer, George Nakashima.

Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses
Artists Handmade Houses

Construction is improvisation, details developed from the material on hand. Soleri’s kitchen is a display of Japanese aesthetics, while Nakashima blends Japanese sensibilities with American vernacular influences. Both artists demonstrate an interest in oriental design by harmoniously combining elements from both cultures. The houses exude originality and uniqueness beyond the surface.

The atmosphere is pleasant and comfortable, enticing exploration of every nook and cranny.

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