News: here are the first photographs of Denton Corker Marshall's visitor centre at Stonehenge - a prehistoric stone circle in England - which finally opens to the public tomorrow (+ slideshow). (more...)
This cluster of wooden cabins in Norway by architecture studio Rever & Drage features a hut with a retractable roof and a pair of sheds that slide open to frame views of a nearby fjord (+ slideshow). (more...)
This elegant and breezy residence completed by Arquitectura en Estudio in Villeta (100 km away from Bogotá, the capital of Colombia) blurs the lines between the interior and the exterior. Design was influenced mostly by the surrounding site (the lush vegetation of the mountains) and the ever-present warm weather. Funny thing, the property has no windows or doors, only a carefully knit timber screen, which can completely open or close at will (adding a sense of privacy). The interior comprises a widely spread living-dinning-kitchen area, four bedrooms and several bathrooms. The living room area, connected to the swimming pool and the decks, spills into the landscape. The views are absolutely breathtaking and inspiring, especially at dawn, when the striking colours of the early morning create a powerful contrast.
Due to its numerous cutouts and openings, the house is allowed “to breathe”. Here and there, round metal columns support the horizontal concrete slabs, in other words, the common structural elements of this modern residence. The maze of greenery encompasses it, creating the perfect relaxation nook, a shelter for your senses. A dream and fresh home in every sense of the word. [Photo credit: David Uribe].
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Singapore-based Guz Architects have sent us photos of the Rattan House they have designed.
Description from Guz Architects
The rattan house was conceived to make the most of what is a relatively condensed site in Singapore’s “good class bungalow” district; with buildings all around and little breeze. The L-shaped plan was designed to make the most of the views and funnel the breezes throughout the house. Within this we tried to create gardens and green areas to not only passively cool the house, but also to provide greenery and a sense of space which all occupants could share. The house was completed on a very low budget (for Singapore) of less than S$1m. Rattan screens were used along the main entrance hall of the house to provide privacy, yet still allow the air to flow through.
Architecture by Guz Architects
This beautiful and welcoming wooden villa located in Sweden and found on Skeppsholmen features harmonious divisions between private and social areas. It includes offices, several bedrooms, upper floor mezzanine and has many large windows, creating a perfect symbiosis of wood and glass. The sunrays spread into almost all the space through the floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a distinctive appearance and a peaceful atmosphere. One of the eye-catching elements is the pine facade, which adds a touch of mystery and uniqueness.
Additionally, the interior design is minimalist and chic, featuring different honey hues that add warmth. Every little detail was carefully considered in order to create an airiness which is typical for Swedish homes and to highlight the furniture. The result is impressive: a home that is sophisticated and cosy at the same time. The façade of the house seems to blend with the surroundings, adding a sense of freedom and relaxation. This is the ideal place where anyone can enjoy nature and peace as almost each window frames a different view of the green garden.
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There aren't many architects whose names begin with Q, so our seventeenth A-Zdvent calendar entry is Belgian artist Arne Quinze, who built this 20 metre-high installation in Germany in 2009. Other architectural structures by Quinze include The Sequence, a canopy of tree-like forms installed outside the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
Located in a quiet village in Santorini, Villa Anemolia got a major renovation to create a peaceful place for guests to stay while on vacation. MPLUSM Architects took on the project to give the preexisting house a level of architectural simplicity. The cavernous rooms, typical of traditional structures in Santorini, kept their organic shapes but were updated to include skylights and embedded recessed lights within the walls. The result is a cozy, light-filled villa away from the crowded central square of the village.
The tall, vaulted ceilings are typical for these traditional structures, when long wooden beams were not available to bridge the span of rooms. The curved walls are typically embedded in the volcanic soil, making light scarce as it only came from the courtyard. Luckily, MPLUSM incorporated new skylights and pockets of light that come from the recessed lights in the walls.
They did away with regular, free-standing furniture and instead chose built-in beds and sofas. The sofas, which double as beds, float on wooden platforms on either side of the common living area.
Other beds and sofas sit on cement platforms that continuously flow up from the floor.
The courtyard is walled-in for privacy.
Photos courtesy of MPLUSM, except where noted.
Federico Babina is an architect and illustrator combining both loves into a series of illustrations called ARCHICINE. The series takes a look at iconic pieces of architecture in film and turns them into vintage-looking posters.
The architecture chosen from the films are not just background fodder, they’re vital parts of cinema taking on a character of their own. The series pays homage to the best, most unforgettable architectural structures forever a part of cinematic history.
Gus Wüstemann Architects designed the Feldbalz house for a family in Zurich, Switzerland.
Description from the architects:
It’s not a house but a family sculpture looking for freedom and social interaction.
Family life / public life – we created the sculpture that contains the family life, where everybody meets and circulates on the first floor, where you have a great view over the lake of zurich. This sculpture separates the parent’s area which is on top of the sculpture and the children’s area which lies underneath. The children live in the garden, where everything is white, like in a Greek village, happy, but protected by the family sculpture. there is the access to the garden and the pool, it’s the playing, active area. The main living area is connected to the garden by a concrete garden sculpture, which is a tribune with a great view, to rest and have a drink with friends. this social hub has water in a hole, that’s where the swimming pool is.
Intimacy and eternal views in a suburban context – there is a common problem of the nowadays residential projects in a suburban or urban context, regarding the use of windows and the unthought-of overuse of glass. so often the result are views into private areas, which therefore one has to cover up with blinds or other protections. We used a simple technique, all the facades towards the neighbours are out of translucent polycarbonate (scobalit) to the east we created an interior, private courtyard and to the south we put Sky-Frame windows (sliding screens). one can open those Sky-Frames and park them behind the fire place an behind the stairs, the result is an opening with no frames or other boring boarders of 11 meters. You literally live outside. The whole construction rests on the volume of the fireplace, an element of content and emotion.
Program free architecture – all elements are free of program, the kitchen is a block you unfold to cook, the shower is behind a light sculpture you can open. there are no walls or recognisable architectural elements, you are either in the public figure , above it or underneath it. different sculptures unfold to create rooms or other things you need like kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. The use of the translucent scobalit fassade gives us the ability to make it look more sculptural and in the evening it is shining very warm and welcoming without giving up privacy. We were looking for a sculpture or figure which frees the ‘building’ of the normally so obviously recognizable building regulations and free the living space of the context of a family house.
Architecture by Gus Wüstemann Architects
Photography by Bruno Helbling
Quartersawn, a design and house remodeling company based in Minneapolis, presented this uniquely tailored home in Minnehaha Park. With a lively interior and an impeccable clean-lined façade, the space feels modern, fresh and functional. It was completely adapted to the needs of the owners, who initially approached Jeff Nicholson (Quaertersawn) about renovating their existing house. After realising that the property had too many structural problems, they decided to demolish it and start all over. The professional approach towards clients implied, in this particular case, regular status meetings with the owners and understanding clearly their needs and wishes.
The discussions were extremely useful for both sides. The construction of the new house took seven months under the watchful eye of the clients. Since the original house was an episode of the past, the clients together with the designers agreed to keep a very small part of the old stuff. The new living room functions as an open plan space, accommodating also the kitchen and the dinning area. Bursts of vibrant colours (here and there) blend harmonically with the existing neutral base of colours, creating a lively environment.
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