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* Architecture: EP7 Restaurant by Stephane Malka

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 30 May 2013

EP7 Restaurant by Stephane Malka

Architecture: EP7 Restaurant by Stephane Malka: “..french architect and former graffiti artist stephane malka has designed a guinguette typology for paris that synthesizes the mythical dimensions of nature with the ceaseless growth of the urban environment. his EP7 restaurant uses an accretion of raw wood, primed for the organic growth of plant life, to created a lively skin for an urban recreation space. the architect began his career as artistic agent of the urban landscape, using the massive planes of the city to understand the communicative power of the built form. the architecture, in this case, references land art and ties in the intertwined masses of metropolitan paris with the teeming life of the forest. free walls and vegetation arise from the delicately sectioned modules of square timber while expanses of glazing challenge the pixelated envelope..”  Interesting facade..

image: courtesy of stephane malka; article: Designboom

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* Residential Architecture: Casa CorMAnca by Paul Cremoux Studio

Posted by the editors on Monday, 27 May 2013

Casa CorMAnca by Paul Cremoux Studio

Residential Architecture: Casa CorMAnca by Paul Cremoux Studio: “..This family house in Mexico City by local architect Paul Cremoux conceals a three-storey wall of plants behind its slate-clad facade..Concerned about the lack of sustainable construction in the country, Paul Cremoux Studio designed a building that uses plants to moderate its own internal temperature, whilst giving residents an indoor garden..”Making sustainable eco-effective design in Mexico is pretty hard. Many clients do not yet realise the importance of changing the design strategy,” says architect Paul Cremoux..He explains: “We would like to think about vegetation not only as a practical temperature-humidity comfort control device, or as a beautiful energetic view, but also as an element that acts like a light curtain.”..The green wall flanks a courtyard terrace, which occupies the middle floor and is open to the sky on one side. Meanwhile, most the rooms of the house are positioned on the levels above and below..A driveway for two cars is located beneath the terrace and leads through to the dining and kitchen areas. A living room and three bedrooms occupy the second floor and can be accessed via a staircase tucked away in the corner..The dark slate panels that clad the exterior also line some of the walls around the courtyard, contrasting with the light wood finishes applied elsewhere..”  Extensive glazing, natural light; magnificent green wall; interesting form, interior volumes, materiality; original article includes a four-image slideshow and many additional images..

See our post on another home by Paul Cremoux Studio: Residential Architecture: La Caracola Seashore House by Paul Cremoux Studio.

image: Héctor Armanado Herrera and PCW; article: Dezeen

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* Residential Architecture: Valna House by JSa Architecture

Posted by the editors on Friday, 18 January 2013

Valna House by JSa Architecture

Residential Architecture: Valna House by JSa Architecture: “..This is a family house located in a subdivision of Santa Fe in Mexico City, Mexico. The first condition for the solution was to give the client a project, which would optimize building spaces without sacrificing the program..To achieve this, we had to design the architecture as “L”, with the intention of making a larger house by uniting the two gardens in order to maximize the depth of the property. The resulting space is the compositional axis of the project, a linear sequence of spaces of different character..All the main spaces of the house are subordinate to this axis and incorporated to it visually and physically by large windows. The color palette is based on the authenticity of the materials such as exposed concrete, wood, oil, gray limestone and vegetation..”  Extensive glazing, natural light; vertical gardens..

See our post on another home by JSa Architecture: Residential Architecture: Tabasco 127 Residence by JSª Arquitectura

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image: © Rafael Gamo; article: “Valna House / JSa Architecture” 13 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Jan 2013. http://www.archdaily.com/317704

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* Residential Architecture: House in Lisbon by Luís and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade and Manuel Cachão Tojal

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Residential Architecture:  House in Lisbon by Luís and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade and Manuel Cachão Tojal: “..This narrow townhouse in Lisbon, Portugal, has bushy plants all over its body and a swimming pool on its roof..Designed by Portuguese architects Luís Rebelo de AndradeTiago Rebelo de Andrade and Manuel Cachão Tojal, the three-storey house was designed as a vertical garden that includes 25 different Iberian and Mediterranean plant species..“Different fragrances are spread throughout the floors,” the architects told Dezeen. “In the swimming pool you will have the flavour of saffron; in the bedroom, lavender; in the living-room, rosemary.”..“In the heart of a busy city, the vertical garden creates an unique link with nature and an unexpected atmosphere,” they added..A single staircase spans one side of the house to connect all three floors and the roof terrace. The architects describe them as “an allusion to the famous stairs of Alfama,” in reference to the stepped streets in the oldest area of the city..On the roof, the narrow pool stretches along the whole length of the terrace so that it can be used for swimming lengths..Living and dining rooms are on the second floor, while bedrooms occupy the first floor and a garage and music room are on the ground floor..”  Extensive glazing, skylights, natural light; indoor  / outdoor sensibility; marvelous green, vertical garden facades; interesting interior volumes and details..

image: Fernando Guerra; article: Dezeen

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