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* Architecture: Oscar Niemeyer, Architect Who Gave Brasília Its Flair, Dies at 104

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 6 December 2012

A Legendary Modernist

GRANDEUR IN ISOLATION Brasília’s Esplanade of Ministries features some of Oscar Niemeyer’s best-known works, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the airy crownlike structure.

Architecture: Oscar Niemeyer, Architect Who Gave Brasília Its Flair, Dies at 104: An excellent article, by the renowned architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff..”..Oscar Niemeyer, the celebrated Brazilian architect whose flowing designs infused Modernism with a new sensuality and captured the imaginations of generations of architects around the world..”

The article includes a slideshow, here.

See two of our posts on work by Niemeyer:

image: Eraldo Peres/Associated Press; article: Nicolai Ouroussoff, The New York Times

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* Residential Architecture: House in Leiden by SAMF

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 7 July 2012

Residential Architecture: House in Leiden by SAMF: “..integrated into a large 17th century stable whose use has been altered to accommodate six different houses. In this long process of residential occupation, internally, the original clarity and direct quality of the construction had been lost. The renovation essentially sought to clear the space, which was excessively partitioned, so as to regain a unified vision of the house and rediscover its character and spatial qualities..In the ground floor, the kitchen and living space form a large open space, concentrating the functional areas and places to stay along the perimeter. The walls are thus given a new thickness with built-in cabinets for the kitchen, a secret storage space under the staircase and a stove to gather around..Above the bedrooms in the first floor is the attic which is the most surprising element of the house. It is reached by a cramped spiral staircase, and before you access the main space, you enter a small, confined, wood covered box. This is the technical area of the house, with the heating system, washing machines and a working table. By contrast, the living area is open and white, except for the old roof beams, dark and rough. Again, all the storage space was placed along the edges, close to the floor, under the horizontal beams. Over the entrance box is a gable-shaped space that can be used as a bedroom, which is accessed by vertical ladder..Because the roof structure was built for a single building, which has been sliced into six, at first it is hard to understand the logic of its construction, especially in this case where the roof occupies one corner of the original rectangle. But part of its interest lies precisely in trying to reconfigure in our head, from the intricate three-dimensional structure of struts and beams that we perceive, the overall design..”  Very nice contemporary interior renovation / refurbishment of an existing 17th century stable, maintaining original rough timber beams..

See our posts on two other homes by SAMF:

image: © Joao Morgado; article: “House in Leiden / SAMF” 29 Sep 2010. ArchDaily.<http://www.archdaily.com/79520&gt;

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* Residential Architecture: DJ House by [i]da arquitectos

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 7 July 2012

Residential Architecture: DJ House by [i]da arquitectos: “..A central patio divides the house into two parts and organizes the interior spaces: on the west side, an open horizontal space to the garden receives the dining room and the kitchen; on the east side, a vertical space, located at a lower level in relation to the public route to ensure domestic privacy, receives the living room. Large apertures establish the contact between interior and exterior. In the horizontal space the relationship is made by the continuity with the garden while in the vertical space is the blue sky that dominates the entire landscape..The private areas, one suite and two bedrooms, are located in the upper level as well as the access to the roof terrace..The simplicity of the facades contrasts with the complexity of the different spaces of the house..The white wall surfaces and the gray shades of the floors give a unit character to the entire construction..”  Simple form with interesting interior volumes, extensive glazing, natural light, roof terrace, central courtyard, cantilevered staircase..

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image: © Joao Morgado; article: “DJ House / [i]da arquitectos” 06 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/251995&gt;

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* Residential Architecture: Maison L by Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 7 July 2012

Residential Architecture: Maison L by Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles: “..Maison L “A house as a small town”..Less than half an hour’s drive west from Paris city center, designed as an extension of a private residence to an 18th-century structure, sought to provide every family member with a private realm. The roughly 5000 m2 plot of old trees called for a project that would leave the spacious ground predominantly untouched..The design foresaw an amorphous plinth storey with curved stone walls heaped up with earth and used as a general living area. Local building regulations only allow one single building with a gabled or hipped roof. However, in exceptional cases, flat roofs, as long as they do not exceed 25m2 each (e.g. : garages), can be provided..Thus, projecting above the accessible planted roof five tower-like volumes have been argued and actually implemented. Positioned to frame a specific perspective of the site, each « tower » houses a dressing room and storage space (ground floor), bathroom (1st floor) and a bedroom (2nd floor)..House and landscape are intimately interwoven, boundaries between indoors and outdoors are blurred: The south-eastern facade emerges out of a complex topography between the house and its landscape. Carved towards every entrance in the glazing the river-bed-shaped, undulating terrain distorts, blending the construction into nature..”  Distinctive multipartite form, interesting interior volumes, significant glazing, natural light, views, skylights, board-formed concrete walls..

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image: © George Dupin; article: “Maison L / Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles” 06 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/250713&gt;

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