Ever since my visit to Palm Springs I’ve had breeze blocks on my mind. They’re iconic in that part of California as part of the mid century modern style of homes that surged in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s and they’re incorporated into the architecture in the form of screens and walls.
Breeze blocks allow for ventilation but also provide some privacy and sun protection. Another bonus is they are structural so they can be used in place of framing for support. The use of breeze blocks is making a huge comeback as an architectural element for its ornamental look and vintage vibe. It’s a popular addition in the hotter climates of North American and Australia. I found some very creative modern uses for breeze blocks that could be incorporated into different styles of homes as a decorative element.
Outdoor Kitchen Island
Indoor to Outdoor Transition
Arbor Support & Bench Backdrop
Which breeze block installation is your favorite?
Check out the Edward Durell Stone building in Pasadena, late 1950ies ….Stuart Pharmaceuticals… The very best example of concrete block design. Sadly, the building is now in disrepair … I don’t know the recent details about its condition, but I well remember the original showplace building in all its splendor!
I love them all!
It feels like they fit to every decade; they are timeless (when not excessively used) and bring a little playfulness to the outdoors decor. Thanks for sharing so much inspiration!
Such a cool, calm, and pleasant space. I really loved the transition of indoor space to a beautiful, charming outdoor look and the framed entry.
Wow! Those are gorgeous and a great idea! You always come up with the most timely, fun posts. I would love to incorporate them in my yard. I live in the midwest. Do you think that would be appropriate? Do you have any sources as to where to purchase them? Thanks in advance!