Ever since he was discovered sitting in a bathtub on his front yard in Google Street View, Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne has been in the blogs for his "Martian Mansion", his "Gaudiesque drip-castle" in Oklahoma City, complete with a "trippy poop cave." But in fact, it is a serious piece of architectural design, heritage restoration, environmental planning and urban regeneration.
all photos by Joseph Mills via Fitzsimmonds Architects
1. It's a rehab
It is a rehabilitation by Fitzsimmonds Architects of a 1930 Art Deco home that was the first fireproof house in the city, made from leftover building materials by the mason who owned it. the renovation includes:
Multi-add-on garage, storage and above ground bunker, to become the current owners large family room, new master suite with the necessary mirror ball clad "dragon egg" sunken bathing pod addition, and provide general escape from the groupies and roadies who frequently overrun the compound.
2. It's about urban regeneration.
Interestingly, the plan has been removed from the architect's website, but I recall that it had a big orchard in the middle of the compound. The architects note:
Perhaps the most important attribute of the Project and the Compound in general is its expression of commitment by the musician to stay and live in this long troubled neighborhood where he grew up. Through their commitment and the architects work on other projects adjoining the neighborhood, signs of renewed revitalization efforts are beginning.
3. It looks pretty green.
That floor is made from recycled granite waste materials, and that is a Big Ass Fan hanging from the ceiling.
4. It mixes the old with the new in clever ways.
Love the modern hanging fireplace in front of the old steel sash windows.
Really, this could set a whole new standard for urban renewal and heritage renovation. More images at Fitzsimmons Architects.