Posts filed under ‘Architecture’


I have a vision! You know how much I like the juxtaposition of  ancient and organic architecture with modern and clean lined furnishings; like the 12th century oil mill recently featured in Freshome magazine—–love  it!

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to build a modern glass house into an ancient Roman temple ruin? Inspired by a trip to Tunisia, where spectacular Roman ruins are plentiful, I created in the side yard of my Cocoa Beach home, a meditation garden using a Corinthian column that I chipped up with a hammer and faux painted to look like an ancient ruined Roman column. I added a classic  three-tier water fountain, an iron Mediterranean style garden gate, large old olive urns, lots of Bougainvillea and comfortable garden seating. It was my favorite place to sit with a martini and unwind after a hard day’s work!

Expanding on that idea, I had planned to build a moat around the front of the house with  more “ruined columns and a bridge to the entry.

These ideas have evolved to the concept of  the modern glass house integrated into a “ruin”. Of course you could never build on a historic ruin, but you could construct a “ruin” with crumbling stone walls, “ancient” columns and “ruined”Mosaic floors topped with a modern glass house like architect Phillip Johnson’s famous glass house in Connecticut.

Can you see my vision? Wouldn’t it be spectacular to live in?Can we start construction right now?

I would love to hear your ideas on this concept. I look forward to your comments!

Thanks, Clay

June 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm 1 comment

Wow!Fuchsia and Orange; Exotic and earthy colors in Mexico

Wow! This combination of fuchsia and orange is so exotic and lush! You know how I love exotic architecture and interiors. As featured in an edition of Object International magazine,Casa Torre, in Mexico, was designed by architect Diego Villasignor in the “palapa” style using chromatic earth tones with touches of Luis Barragan styling and colors. A palapa is a thatched-roof, open sided building or “tiki hut” like structure that offers sanctuary from the hot tropical sun.

Luis Barragan is considered one of the most important Mexican architects of the 20th century and designed some of the most spectacular modernist homes and buildings in Mexico. His use of earth and spectacular sunset colors is fabulous and awe-inspiring. I want to study more about this exceptional, self-taught architect and his use of exotic and earthy colors.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief story on modern architecture in Mexico.


May 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

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