Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Residential Architecture: Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects: “..The partners of new Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, studio Scott & Scott Architects created this remote snowboarding cabin for their own use at the northern end of Vancouver Island..The Alpine Cabin by Susan and David Scott is lifted off the ground on six columns made of douglas fir tree trunks, which pierce through the rooms on both storeys..The exterior clad in cedar, intended to weather to the tone of the surrounding forest, and the interior finished in planed fir..”The construction approach was determined to avoid machine excavation, to withstand the annual snowfall, to resist the dominant winds and to build in a manner which elevates the building above the height of the accumulated snow on the ground,” say the architects..The majority of the ground floor is taken up by a combined living room and kitchen, but also includes a bathroom and sauna. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with a study in between..One corner of the ground floor is cut away to create a spacious porch where firewood and snowboarding equipment can be stored..The cabin is located in a community-operated alpine recreation area 1300 metres above sea level and is accessible by a gravel road for five months of the year, but otherwise equipment and supplies must be carried on a sledge to the site..The building is completely off-grid, heated by a wood-burning stove and using water that must be fetched from nearby and carried in..The architects built the project themselves with the help of friends. “The cabin was constructed out of a desire to directly design and build as a singular act, to work with the freedom one experiences when snowboarding, and in a manner which is centered in the adventure and not bound heavily in pre-determination,” they explain..’ Lovely site; contextual and materials sensibility..
image + article: Dezeen
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Posted by the editors on Friday, 28 September 2012
Residential Architecture: Pirogovo Residence by Totan Kuzembaev Architectural Studio: “..Located near the Klyazminskoe Lake, Russia, “Pirogovo” health resort area got a new residential building with the intriguing name of “Makalun” (not a Russian word either – translator’s note). Its author, Totan Kuzembaev, has once again demonstrated his virtuoso skills in working with wood, at the same time endowing his creation with traits inherent to Chinese architecture. The Pirogovo house got this unusual name from his creator Totan Kuzembaev, who, in turn, borrowed it from his commissioner. The latter once mentioned that, when translated into Chinese, his second name sounds as “Makalun”, where “Ma” stands for “horse”, “Ka” – for “sail”, and “Lun” – for “dragon”. The architect liked this ambiguity so much that he immediately dubbed his new creation with this name. This is all the more vital if one considers the fact that the project is predominantly based upon the modern interpretations of the traditional devices of Chinese architecture – thus Totan Kuzembaev paid tribute to the commissioner’s passion for the culture of the Celestial Empire..The land site, on which Totan Kuzembaev was to build yet another of his wooden masterpieces, is located not far from the lake’s shoreline, on the main territory of the resort and next to the road that runs through the forestland. Consequently, it was the body of water and the road that became the starting points in the architect’s search for the optimum place of the future house. Totan Kuzembaev turned its southern façade to the lake thanks to which the house commands a fine lake view. At the same time, “Makalun” is neatly “inscribed” in between the trees and almost presses onto the road: the architect was looking to save as much as possible of the pine wood that occupies most of the land site; this is why the house “descends” down to the road in steps, getting around bypassing the numerous masts of pine trees..All the exterior finish, for the exception of the glittering surfaces of stained glass windows, is executed of mahogany match-board. The breadth and the density of the array of the wooden strips vary, in some places turning into an openwork grille and in some places becoming a blank wall. The wood also is used for making the semi-transparent partitions that at night are backlit with a multitude of lights. Incidentally, this very interior element – the partition – quite the Chinese thing in spirit and origin, was introduced into the architecture of the house specifically thanks to its “nationality”..The southern façade of the building that faces the water is predictably a more open one. An array of slender rusticated columns, belted along their length with thin wooden rims, gracefully supports the awning of the second floor over the wide terrace. The color and the slenderness of the columns almost perfectly match those of the trunks of the pine trees surrounding the building. Casting a fleeting glimpse over the house, one will hardly tell the “man-made” trunks from the natural ones..The interiors of the house deserve a special mention. First of all, this is the fireplace that determines the entire space of the living room. Therein, the architect develops the main theme of “Makalun” exterior, skillfully and artistically combining wood and glass that arch in sophisticated waves. The undulating surface of the fireplace is, according to Totan Kuzembaev, yet another tribute to Chinese culture: on the one side, the smooth curves bear resemblance to the magnificent peaks of the Chinese mountains, while, on the other side, the glass clearances between the oak boards, especially when backlit, bring to mind the associations with the skyscrapers of the modern Shanghai or Beijing. The living room at the same time gets a light open-work leading to the second floor. It also sports, if remote, elements of traditional Chinese ornaments..” Extensive glazing, natural light; abundant interior and exterior wood: horizontal wood cladding in mahogany, interior walls, flooring, ceilings and details..
image + article: Arthitectural
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Posted by the editors on Sunday, 26 August 2012
Residential Architecture: Oakpass Residence by Heusch Architecture: “..Heusch Architecture have designed the Oakpass Residence in Beverly Hills, California, USA..10 surprisingly narrow columns raise the home, which resembles a sleek modernist box wrapped in floor to ceiling glass, 12 feet above the ground..The house is an example of an innovative solution to circumvent the 15 foot setback requirement for hillside residences. By elevating the structure the need for a tall retaining wall, 15 feet away from the structure was eliminated. Furthermore the intention was to minimize the impact on the beautiful natural site heavily wooded with oak trees..This resulted in more light for the interior spaces, views from every room, and more privacy. Also it created an interesting space underneath the house, part carport, part Zen garden. The pool is also elevated on 3 columns and the heavy exterior west facing concrete wall acts as a passive solarheat storage element..The 10 feet high interior walls are separated by the ceiling and floor by recessed shadow lines. The interior and exterior spaces blend seamlessly into each other due to the use of frameless floor to ceiling glass and a continuity of materials from the inside to the outside..The choice of the natural materials such as Brazilian walnut floors inside and out, Portuguese limestone and Spanish marble define the interior spaces. The restrictive palette throughout the house and the custom designed furniture and cabinets characterize the minimalist environment..” Extensive glazing, natural light, views, privacy; interesting materiality and details..
image: Frederico Zignani; article: Contemporist
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Posted by the editors on Friday, 25 May 2012
Residential Architecture: Othonos House by Nikos Smyrlis Architect: “..The displacement of the house was defined by an effort to conserve the big old trees..simple in the geometry of its volume, so that it completed by the elements of the environment – the old villas and gardens..From the entrance, the house shows up like a ground floor archway in symmetry with the listed building. As one moves towards the house he realizes its actual size while the three levels appear together with the underground floor. The triangular columns gradually get higher, with fixed proportions..” Filtered light, privacy, wood lamella screens and an odd, almost Memphis-esque, post-moderist facade…
See another, distinctly less post-modern, home by Nikos Smyrlis Architect: Residential Architecture: Rodia Stone House by Nikos Smyrlis Architect.
image: © Erieta Attali; article: Rosenberg , Andrew . “Othonos House / Nikos Smyrlis” 04 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/107840>
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