Yes, that’s right. Sanikiluaq. Nunavut. Wikipedia claims this fantastic title belongs to “a small Inuit hamlet located in Hudson Bay, on the Belcher Islands, in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada.”
That’s right. Inuit. Hamlet. The words just keep piling on. Qikiqtaaluk.
It even looks like another planet:
For those of you that think that we Americans own the frontier, think again. There is no location in the continental U.S. that looks as desolate and remote as this place in the center of Canada:
The entire Wiki entry for the Belcher Islands themselves concerns a)Geology and b)Multiple religious Eskimo murder in the 1940’s.
For those of you that wonder what I do, here’s a great chance for me to make it seem like things are much more exciting than they really are. We’ve had a frenzied week at the office, as a house was delivered and set on Tuesday and today. What is so special about this time is that it happened less than a mile from my house! Oh so exciting. The Palms residence is 14 mods, 2800 interior sf with 700 sf of deck space, on a typical Venice lot, around 40’x120′ with a back alley. It’s a two story house with some nice use of negative space (entry courtyard, stair atrium with skylight). It’s also a reasonably green home(we weren’t able to get it certified due to paperwork/inspection issues but we’re pretty sure it would have rated silver). It was set over the last two days but in reality the craning only took about 5 hours total! The neighbors all came out to watch and it made a merry little scene. Tons of dogs and kids, and a guy in his bathrobe that looked pretty damn confused. It made me want to move to Venice– I’ve never seen people this non-NIMBYish about modern houses. It’s gotten some (friendly) coverage on Curbed, and the KTLA morning news came out and gave it the better part of an hour. That’s right, MRP was on the CW. Holla. There was also a film crew and even some helicopters getting aerial shots(!?!) No, it’s not usually this way.
Katy was also hired by the office to get some action shots-I posted a few of them below. Some of the factory guys seemed a little nervous to see a pregnant lady in a hard hat running around a construction site. Go fig. But at least she got awesome pictures– there are more than 500 total but she’s got a smaller selection on her Picasa site.
350 tons of craney goodness.
The guys at the factory made some stencils on the CNC mill and went to town on the shrinkwrap.
That’s the kitchen, 25 feet in the air.
Every mod had to be lifted over the house next door. The owner was joking that he was praying for some free demo.
Work it, Mike.
10 am this morning: complete!
Still a lot of work to do… notice how nicely that siding lines up.
And then there was house.
Next up: the Dwell conference this weekend! I’ll keep you posted. Things are crazy around here.
Just spent a half hour exploring Fantastic Journal, which I hadn’t realized was written by one of the minds behind FAT until the very end. For a great post check out this bit dissecting the “Ladybird Story of Houses,” a 1960’s era children’s book that does a wonderfully subtle job of reshaping children into secret modernists. Not to offend you, Mr. Holland, but might not the first wave of postmodernism in the 80’s be nothing more than rebellion against childhood indoctrination? In any case, this blog is another brick in the wall of argument that, despite one’s taste in architectural production, it is undeniably true that the more references you find on or in a building, the better the architect must be able to write. As you can tell from this blog, I must work at an architecture firm that used to make everyone type “neutra” daily to log on to their computers.