Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Residential Architecture: Clara House by Inês Cortesão: “..Embraced by the village, a stone house with two floors is found at the end of an alley. The intervention starts by removing all contents of the former inhabitants life experience there. The base for this project is a stone box of gold granite, connected to a contiguous volume of plastered brick, where the kitchen and the bathroom were built..The openings on the thick stone walls are filled by thin white frames, allowing the interior to show and giving a sense of lightness and balance to this pile of equipped stones. On the ground floor, wide white doors close the house patio. The house’s roof in white straw tiles, that were determinant to complete the “bright” harmony of the ensemble, stands out from the surroundings and stages the snow days, moment of conceptual acclaim of the project..On the contiguous volume the principles are reversed: the traditional construction with gable cover is replaced by a simple volume with pure forms and a flat roof all, in white. The content of the stone box, stuccoed on the interior, is in chestnut wood. On the first floor, a square plan room with a fireplace in the middle is where it’s possible to warm up the chilled body in the winter and socialize..In a symmetric way, whether talking about the space organization or the furniture design and use, the rooms are distributed. The segregation between the living room and the bedrooms is made by wood walls that follow in a vertical direction the alignment of the floor boards, cut to size. These walls hide the structure that supports the roof, the cabinets and the doors to the bedrooms..The design for these openings is matching, in a rigorously way, the scale and dimension of the “stone shell”, revealing several asymmetries and the house’s reduced human dimension. This is an intervention that tries to, through principles and traditional construction processes, instill an image of contemporaneity, that makes this house an exception on the mountains landscape..” Interesting fenestration and interior volumes and details for this renovation of an existing predominantly stone home..
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image: © FG+SG; article: King , Victoria . “Clara House / Inês Cortesão” 09 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/222581>
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Posted by the editors on Sunday, 16 September 2012
Residential Architecture: House Colunata by Mario Martins: “..Designing a house in Luz-Lagos, in the south of Portugal, in a truly interesting location facing the sea, was defined by a set of guidelines, namely: - The creation of a contemporary architectural element; - Respect for and connection with the surrounding area, natural and built upon; - The use of local materials and building techniques; - Deciding the solar orientation and having effective wind protection; - Making the most of the excellent location and its panoramic views; - Creating a gentle interior/exterior transition. So that the exterior is a pleasant space for living and leisure..These guidelines result in a set of white volumes, free and organically grouped, culminating in a semi-circular opening, which embraces the pool and opens out to the privileged sea view. This results in the central terrace, the main space of the house, where the privacy is felt and where the horizon is predominant. It is around this terrace that the functional organisation of the house is structured, on one floor. There are five bedrooms with bathrooms and a large living room which leads to the kitchen. The garage, technical and service areas ensure the smooth running of the house..The house is all in white. It is a southern house, and as such the light is intense. It is this light, with its strong, distinct shadows, that gives colour and meaning to the white that covers the building. The strong presence of water and the landscaping surrounding the area accentuate the tranquility of the place..” Interesting form; extensive glazing, natural light, ocean views..
See our post on another home by Mario Martins: Residential Architecture: House In Lagos (Portugal) by Mario Martins.
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Posted by the editors on Thursday, 14 June 2012
Residential Architecture: Azaya House by Pb Elemental Architecture: “..a vacant tear down property..The property was perfect due to the condition of the existing foundation. Our design was able to incorporate it into the building creating a unique layout, fitting a modern home on a old chassis. The two level home features three bedrooms on the lower level, with the living (great room), kitchen and media room on the second floor..An exterior staircase was designed to add access to the rooftop deck which was sited privately to provide a place of refuge and relaxation. The home is connected with a steel open riser stair pulling light into the spine of the building..” Contemporary home on a pre-existing foundation; extensive glazing, natural light; roof terrace, views; interesting interior volumes and details..
image: © Miguel Edwards; article: King , Victoria . “Azaya / Pb Elemental Architecture” 14 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/239391>
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Posted by the editors on Thursday, 14 June 2012
Residential Architecture: Elysium House by Richard Kirk Architect: “..The residence occupies the majority of the allowable building envelope and then provides a carved out two story volume in the centre to allow light and ventilation to all interior spaces..The carved interior volume provides an internal focus visually and functionally. The inside and outside are united by seamless transitions and the consistent use of a restrained palette of materials. Materials are generally timbers left to weather naturally, zinc, and self-finished oxide renders which will improve their appearance with time, allowing the houses to merge with the landscape with an overall desire for applied finishes to be kept to a minimum..the living spaces [are] treated as a field of connected spaces and rooms whilst the bedrooms on the next level are conceived as nests floating above..The building is largely opened on the short access to allow views out of site with the living level utilising sliding screens to opening the interior completely to the exterior. The long axis walls are largely solid and openings are finely screened with vertical timber to blend with the vertical cedar cladding to give the sense of taught solid volume folding over the long sides..” Ample glazing, natural light, indoor/outdoor sensibility, cedar cladding, slatted wood shutters..
See our posts on other homes by Richard Kirk Architect:
image: © Scott Burrows; article: King , Victoria . “Elysium / Richard Kirk Architect” 19 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/227564>
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