Contemporary Architecture – Living ‘Alfresco’ in California
Timber house designed by architect Rodney Walker
This stunning Contemporary Architecture house located in sunny California epitomises a lifestyle that is free from constraints – somewhere to escape the pressures of modern living. The architect, Rodney Walker, appears to have to have incorporated associations with the ‘free thinking’ attitudes of 1960’s and 70’s Californians into his ‘offbeat’ design. Their ideals included breaking away from mainstream society and getting back to nature. Walker’s remarkably clever structure is a fusion of ‘getting back to basics’ and cutting edge modernity. These extremes are cleverly combined to providing a home that allows the occupants a sense of comfort, ease and natural living, without sacrificing any of the luxuries of contemporary life.
Living Alfresco in California
Since ancient times, domestic architecture’s primary function has been to address fundamental needs. Providing shelter and warmth to the inhabitants, the very first dwellings were simple structures arising from, or out of the landscape. People lived in caves, in tree houses, built huts etc, etc. Alternative forms of shelter evolved to suit different climates and environments, each type of dwelling blending naturally with the surroundings from which it arose.