Designed by architect Perry Janke as a home and a showroom for an art collection, this glass and steel beauty on Chicago's Lincoln Park was built in 1992. The home is extremely open and bright inside, with a 42-foot-high atrium. Exterior window glass appears to be opaque from the outside, but is transparent from inside so owners can see the park without passersby being able to see inside the residence. Gawk.
The Los Angeles Times takes us on a home tour with artist and designer Peter Shire. Shire describes his refurbished 1937 rainbow-palette home as "California bungalow gone wrong."
Shire also left a mark on his former Echo Park residence (above), which is now occupied by his brother, Peter. Shire built the porch from orange beams and a corrugated metal roof.
The Jackson Place Townhomes in Seattle are LEED certified as environmentally responsible residences. Green amenities include radiant floor heating, bamboo hardwood, counter tops made of recycled materials, natural day lighting and pre-wiring for solar power. A 2 bedroom unit has an asking price of $485,000. Gawk.
We're debuting a new feature where we point out questionable design that leaves homes one breakfast buffet away from being an interstate rest stop. Our first Ramada Sin award goes to this 30,000 square-foot Australian waterfront mansion that is only missing the slot machines that would qualify it as a Mississippi casino.
This Gold Strike knock-off was built in an affluent community about 530 miles north of Sydney and is being offered at auction by Christie's Great Estates. Amenities include three bars, a 10-seat movie theater, a pool and enough room by the front door for a registration desk. Gawk.
Construction is close to beginning on Cincinnati's One River Plaza. Twenty-eight condos have been pre-sold, according to developers.
The project will sit practically on the Ohio River at the foot of the Purple People Bridge. The first phase will include a 14-story tower and about 80 condominiums. A second 9- to 10-story tower is planned.
The Lake Forest, Ill., home of Ginevra King, the first love of F. Scott Fitzgerald, is being offered for $6 million. Ginevra, who was the model for Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, spent her youth at this home outside of Chicago. The house has not changed much since 1954. Baccarat crystal light fixtures and murals adorn the dining room. Gawk.
Built in 1918, this is only the second time this 32,000 square foot estate near Minneapolis has been on the market. The house, which sits on 13 acres on Lake Minnetonka and includes a 10,000-square-foot guest house, was originally owned by Eleanor Pillsbury of the baking-goods family and sold in the early 1990s. Amenities include an olympic-size pool, 12-car garage, greenhouse, a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, gardens, dock, indoor spa and a clay tennis court. Gawk.
• Tokyo Design Week 2007 - Container Show. Part of Tokyo design week, designers show of their work dressing up cargo containers (photo).
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