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I don’t often focus on architecture (overtly) here, but seeing DOGBOX by Patch Work Architecture — a residence that has built by the architects in Whanganui, New Zealand — and loving the design and materials so much, I had to do a post that is nothing but this one structure. Both inside and out, the building uses space and materials to flow between intimate and expansive moments. There’s also a playfulness between what’s seen and what’s glimpsed and what’s only hinted at in silhouette that I find really appealing. I hope you like DOGBOX as much as I do.

A hero shot of the front elevation of DOGBOX by Patch Work Architecture. | japanesetrash.com

This terrific hero shot of the front elevation of the structure shows the elements and the interaction of outdoor/indoor so well.

Another nice view of the structure, aglow with interior light seen through translucent walls. | japanesetrash.com

Another nice view of the structure, aglow with interior light seen through translucent walls.

The open downstairs area, including functional niches that bring to mind Frank Lloyd Wright. | japanesetrash.com

The open downstairs area, including functional niches that bring to mind Frank Lloyd Wright. The entire back wall is poured concrete.

A playful silhouette shows through the twinwall polycarbonate panels that are used throughout. | japanesetrash.com

A playful silhouette shows through the twinwall polycarbonate panels that are used throughout the structure.

I've been a fan of the DOGBOX kitchen since the first time I saw it. | japanesetrash.com

I’ve been a fan of the DOGBOX kitchen since the first time I saw it. The simplicity and economy with which it’s fitted is very appealing.

A detail of the kitchen's main work counter. It's the simple, honest materials that appeal to me. | japanesetrash.com

A detail of the kitchen’s main work counter. Once again, it’s the simple, honest materials that appeal to me.

DOGBOX by Patch Work Architecture - work out space. | japanesetrash.com

I’m ready for a work out space like this.

A second-floor sleeping area. | japanesetrash.com

The open feeling extends to private spaces, like this second-floor sleeping area.

Even this simple wood storage cubby feels thoughtful. | japanesetrash.com

Even this simple wood storage cubby feels thoughtful.

I’ve just found this terrific weekend home in South Africa of a couple who have exquisite taste–hence, gentlemen’s quarters is how I’m thinking of this place. These are just a few glimpses–some of the highlights of the home, found here.

My idea of the perfect outdoor set up; gotta love an outdoor shower. | japanesetrash.com

Wooden deck, potted plants, groovy dining space, and outdoor shower–just about perfect.


Love the layout of this bathroom--plus the interesting drain being used. | japanesetrash.com

The layout of this bathroom is so surprising; love the choice of drain used here.


Can you say "gentlemen's quarters"? This refined living room is just right. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s the image that got me interested in this gentlemen’s quarters in the first place–this level of relaxed refinement is so appealing.

My Pinterest feed was full of great images this morning, and as I started scrolling through them I noticed that many of them featured wonderful windows. Take a look at these and let me know if you see something you like too:

This window makes a delightful secret spot. | japanesetrash.com

This window makes the perfect secret spot.


One of my favorite windows ever, from a project by Olson-Kundig. | japanesetrash.com

These are some of my favorite windows ever.


Double doors that double as windows. | japanesetrash.com

Double doors that double as windows.


Windows above and windows below in this Paris home. | japanesetrash.com

Windows above and windows below in this Paris home.


What's a house in the desert without windows? | japanesetrash.com

What’s a home in the desert without great windows?

The celebrity real estate world seems to be in hard-core spin mode this week because Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband have once again listed one of their NYC homes for sale. Apparently, they’ve never actually lived in the property, but purchased and overhauled the townhouse in 2011. I’m not one of those die-hard “Sex and the City” fans–in fact, I’ve only seen a handful of episodes (give me “AbFab” any day over SATC)–but I like SJP in one of my favorite films, “The Family Stone”. But I really like her husband, Matthew Broderick, as the title character in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

Nerd-y aside here to establish my fan-boy cred: In fact, I still have my Leisure Rules FBDO pin from when I saw the premiere of the movie back in the day:

Real fan cred: my "Leisure Rules" button from when I originally saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off. | japanesetrash.com


But on to the townhouse that’s causing such a stir. It’s a very nice home, as you might expect. I’ve chosen a few of the images to share with you.

Tasteful living room with just the kinds of art and objects you might expect for SJP & Matthew Broderick. | japanesetrash.com

The living room is contemporary and tasteful, with just the kinds of art and objects you might expect for SJP & Matthew Broderick.


The fancier of two dining spaces from the Parker/Broderick townhouse that went on the market (again) this week. | japanesetrash.com

This is the more formal of two dining spaces shown in the listing. The townhouse has seven fireplaces. That dining table is an art piece in and of itself–really more like something Cameron’s dad would have in FBDO, I think.


Less formal dining space--I assume it's in the kitchen--from SJP and Matthew Broderick's townhouse. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s the more relaxed eating space–I assume it’s part of the kitchen. I love a round dining table, so this space really appeals to me. Plus, those doors to the outside are very nice.


A bedroom from the Parker/Broderick townhouse. | japanesetrash.com

A spacious bathroom from the NYC townhouse being sold by Carrie Bradshaw and Ferris Bueller. | japanesetrash.com

Finishing up the post with this bedroom and bathroom. While there’s nothing I’ve found to confirm it, I’m assuming these are paired since they share the same design in fireplace surround.

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