Good Architecture in Berkeley

I really like this. The curved roofs, the corrugated siding (never needs paint), the nifty balconies, the alternating symmetries…

Kudos to the good architects, of whom there are unfortunately few these days.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

8 Responses to Good Architecture in Berkeley

  1. The corrugated siding: anyone have any idea what it is, what it's called, where you can get some? especially get some on the east coast (Florida)?

  2. Can you tell if the architects are good without seeing the inside of the building, and/or seeing if it functions as intended?

  3. I'm seeing a bit more of the galvanized corrugated siding being used here on the wet coast (BC). I quite like the look when it is used in conjunction with wood. Plus the zinc in the galvanizing keeps moss/mold etc. from growing on the wood (like the zinc strip I use on my roof). Beautiful and functional!

  4. I notice that some of the windows have louvered shades on them and some don't. Is this a retrofit solution to a sun glare problem? Also, where does the rain that falls on the roof go? There do not seem to be any downspouts and there are what appear to be roof extensions to prevent water from pouring down the walls or soaking into the ends of the roof beams. Maybe it doesn't rain much in Berkeley?

    Sorry to be so critical, but I too work on the wet coast and have become accustomed to thinking like a drop of water!

  5. Excellent as stand along single units on a wild coast or mountainside. Otherwise way too dense. Make love quietly on a summer night!!! Like marina tenement living. As one giant house for one family? Groovy….. with walkways all between the units!

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