My house, my paradise: the construction of the ideal domestic universe
'Home' is that intimate, closed, secret space where we impose our own laws and give shape to our own particular concept of the world. My House, My Paradise is a collection of houses in which the 'residents-cum-creators' have devoted all of their ingenuity, energy and determination into constructing what they perceive to be the ideal domestic universe. They include Ludwig II of Bavaria's Linderhof, the Cesar Manrique Villa in Lanzarote, Salvador Dali's villa in Spain, Edward James' villa in Mexico, Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, Ian Hamilton Finlay's Little Sparta, Alex Jordan's house on the rock and William Randolph Hearst's Xanadu.
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Villa Palagonia The Prince of Palagonia Bagheria Sicily Italy 17461792
Haw Par Villa Tiger Balm Gardens Aw Boon Haw Hong Kong and Singapore ca 1935
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Alex Jordan architect architecture artificial artistic Aw Boon Haw Bottle Village bubble building built Casa centre Cesar Manrique Chapel colour complex concrete construction create culture D'Annunzio's Dalf Desert de Retz door dream Earth Eben-Ezer Edward James enormous entrance exterior facade Facteur Cheval fantasy figures fountain gallery Grandma Prisbrey grotto Hearst Castle Heptameron Howard Finster human Ian Hamilton Finlay ideal domestic universe inferno inhabitant initiatory interior landscape Linderhof Little Sparta living Ludwig Manrique's material metres Monteiro Monument nature O'Gorman objects original painting palace Palagonia Palais Ideal Paradise Garden Port Lligat Prevost primitive cave Quinta da Regaleira Raymond Isidore reality Robert Garcet Rock ruined column Sarah Winchester sculptures Simon Rodia Simon Spies Sintra situated space stairways stone studio swimming pool Temple terrace Tiger Balm Gardens Tour Eben-Ezer Villa Palagonia Villa Spies visitors Vittoriale volcanic walls Watts Towers