Posted by the editors on Monday, 7 January 2013
Residential Architecture: H-House by bang by min: “..Located at the alley of Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, South Korea, where community of village has formed for a long time, ‘H-House’ is a house to keep the meaning to show the virtue secretly. This house reveals itself without clumsy and stimulative feeling in the scenery of old alley, suitably for its name. ‘Sae Min Oh’ seemed to concentrate on the details somewhat excessively at this project. He has pride and feels affinity to this project because he has proceeded it with craftsmanship from plan to completion for a long time..The site of ‘H-House’ had the slope ground where the front level is lower about 8m than the back level, which became a problem in designing it. Besides this physical problem, the architect had more difficulties with the client’s demands ; to create a house for three generations, a house with good daylighting and ventilation on the basement and the first floor… Firstly, the architect had to design a space where three generations could live together and privately at the same time, in order that they could behave individually while being together. The architect created the second floor as an interspace of this house divided into three floors, where they can form a community of family, behave individually and have their own area. He divided the living room on the second floor into three levels, which give each member of family their own area naturally. This space opened but different in levels enables family to do privately and separately. And folding door and changeable wall make it possible to expand or divide the space according to the user’ demand..Secondary, daylighting and ventilation on the basement and the first floor were very important in this house because the ground level had the big difference between the front ground and the back ground. It is said that the biggest problem of the existing house before ‘H-House’ was just the daylighting. The house was filled with dark and damp air because the basement and the first floor were not lighted and ventilated well. In order to solve this problem, the architect placed courtyard and sunken garden, connected from the lower floor to the sky, encouraging the brightness to the whole building..Lastly, the architect solved the client’s third demand, to have a commercial space for rent on the basement floor. It is just beauty shop ‘Miega’. Beauty shop ‘Miega’ involves the formative element of ‘H-House’ and the shape of this village Seongbuk-dong, and it attracts the attention with its unique space design..Exposed concrete and wooden panels in mud color created the more effective result than the luxurious materials, with the constructing details the architect insisted on completing, although they are not expensive. The different materials to compose the building emphasize their property of matter and create the various looks with their shadow. The designer also used the materials by cutting them into small unit. These details make this house have a shape to reveal the virtue secretly with the sense of existence but without any overawing sense..” Extensive glazing, natural light, ventilation; green roof terrace; central courtyard and garden; interesting form and details..
image: Joonhwan Yoon; article: Contemporist
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Posted by the editors on Friday, 21 December 2012
Residential Architecture: Stoneridge House by In Situ Studio: “..In Situ Studio provided a contemporary redesign to an existing house in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA..This 1960s-era Deck House built in 1986 is located on a beautiful wooded site in Chapel Hill. We have transformed it to suit the client’s needs, while maintaining the integrity of the Deck House. The gable roof portion of the house over the living and dining room has been lifted to the north, creating a two storey wall of glass. Skylights are strategically located in order to brighten darker areas of the house. The main house and the master suite addition take on different forms, and they are set apart from one another to distinguish between old and new. The addition floats above the ground and is connected to the main house by a screened porch and glass hallway link. A new entry to the main house was designed in a way that is intended to integrate the two forms..” Extensive glazing, natural light, views; interesting interior volumes; abundant use of wood..
image: Richard Leo Johnson; article: Contemporist
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Posted by the editors on Monday, 17 December 2012
Residential Architecture: Costa Esmeralda House by BAK Arquitectos: “..BAK Arquitectos have designed a concrete house in Costa Esmeralda, Argentina..The client requested the project of a summer house with aesthetics and benefits, in terms of maintenance, built of concrete in Mar Azul..The house should have two rooms and a third of sporadic use: to be visited by an older child or eventual guests..The projectual answer seeks to capitalize on the difference in level between the street and within the lot. For this reason, we decided to solve the house in two volumes perpendicularly intersecting in “L” at different levels, opting to provide more privacy to the volume that contains the private uses of the house by resting over the level of the lot and placing it perpendicular to the front. The higher volume, of public use, is resolved alongside the front line taking advantage of the acacia trees that provide privacy and allow the enjoyment of the far views into the wilderness environment, in turn its elevated position sought to provide the house some presence from the street leaning out slightly above the level of the acacias. This volume was generated as an elongated prism, supported at one end over the volume of the bedrooms. At the opposite end rests on a blind lateral wall on which, in the lower level, the grill was located taking advantage of the partially covered generated as flexible use space serving both for storing of two cars as for preparation and enjoyment of the classic roast. This space is protected from external visuals in part by the difference of level and in part by the abundance of acacias on the front of the lot, so that there can easily develop all kinds of activities..” Extensive glazing, natural light, views, privacy; board-formed concrete..
See our posts on two other homes by BAK Arquitectos:
image + article: Contemporist
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Posted by the editors on Sunday, 9 December 2012
Residential Architecture: Z House Bellevue Hill by Bruce Stafford Architects: “..Bruce Stafford Architects designed a house for a family in the Bellevue Hill area of Sydney, Australia..A guiding principle of the design was to promote the well-being of all members of the family, creating an environment of peace and tranquillity. With an abundance of natural light and sunshine, the spaces are interwoven with nature through the use of courtyards, skylights, glazed openings and garden. The double height circulation space allows connectedness of spaces whilst still retaining their privacy..Having no expansive external views, the house creates its own vistas and depth of field through the use of permeable spaces which connect to landscape. These spaces are designed to capture different qualities of natural light, creating a moving tapestry as the house responds to the shifting sunlight..The main house embodies solidity, reliability, dependability – it is a place of safety providing a protective anchor for the lighter elements. A timber box is held lightly within the solidity of the curving concrete form, and is separated by a glass light well that extends through the centre of the house. The finely slatted box in the form of a cocoon provides a resting place for the children..” Interesting form, materiality, interior volumes; ample glazing, natural light; indoor / outdoor sensibility..
image: Karl Beath, Erik Smithson, Vincent Chi; article: Contemporist
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