The outstanding timber house was designed by Bernardo Bader Architects to resemble the surrounding farmhouses and the typical Walserhouse of the area. The house lies on an uneven base of hills not breaking the harmony of the surrounding environment. Its elongated, compact form contributes to the basic idea of reducing the impact to the land. However, the house is perfectly balanced by a massive concrete base providing safety for the residents.
The outer skin of the private temporary living is made out of whole wood construction, more specifically rough sawn larch slats in different widths. The interior follows the same use of materials, with the only difference being the wood used in planed and sanded form. The building consists of two floors from which one is dedicated to the social areas and the other one to the private areas. The living area is situated on the main floor, with an open kitchen, featuring huge glass windows to maximize the incoming natural light. Moving to the upper floor, the minimalistically styled private rooms and bathrooms were placed.
Spanish architects Francisco López + Gudula Rudolf have completed the new Posada Business Innovation Center in Cordoba, Spain, occupying a former school on a narrow urban lot. the two flanking historic structures’ traditional masonry walls make up the enclosing extents of the site, left exposed.
At the entrance, a large open courtyard is defined by the projects most notable feature, a thin screen of natural wooden rods woven together to form a translucent cladding the climbs up the walls and stretches over to form a canopy. the remaining materials are left to their purest form- exposed concrete, glass, and wood make up the enclosed structure that sit within the extents of the site. with natural light flooding all sides of the program from outdoor walkways that stretch from the entry to the rear courtyard, the primary structure of columns and slabs allows spaces to protrude beyond the voids into the circulation areas. traditional construction methods are reproduced through the stone ground and timber screen which covers a large grassy courtyard containing olive trees.
Estúdio Penha’s new space for AKQA is intended to supplement the global digital agency’s São Paulo office. AKQA Casa is a venue for events, lectures, performances, exhibitions and dinners. The Brazilian architects have placed an emphasis on domestic scale and character, creating a space that includes a garden and patios, with an elaborate collection of brise-soleil formed from vintage iron gates and railings.
The Mexico City home and studio of Mexican sculptor Pedros Reyes and his fashion-designer wife Carla Fernandez features crazy paving floors, as well as a staircase and double-height library rendered in coarse concrete. Fernandez and Reyes, who trained as an architect before moving into contemporary art, designed the house for a plot in Coyoacán – a borough in the south of the city once home to famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
The fusion of exterior and interior areas, the integration of the surrounding and the landscape are main subjects of “Casa O'” by Despacho Arquitectos HV which is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Mexico City. The aim for the specific design with our clients is to unfold an intimate landscape, in which different places and sceneries coexist, seeking to achieve functionality within an harmonious architectural with spaces surrounded by lush vegetation.
The NADAAA studio renovated a brick house that dates from the 1920s. The building is located in Washington DC, on the edge of Rock Creek Park, which is one of the most picturesque parks in the city, an area protected since 1890 and the future home of the Obama family.
The client wanted to double the usable space, but maintain the existing structure and visible brickwork that was part of the period construction. The project preserves the symmetric order of the windows on the principal façade that faces the street, but eliminates the pitched roof in order to carve out more space above while still remaining within the outline of the original structure. On the garden side, which descends towards the creek at the base of the park, the existing brick wall was pierced by more generous apertures, undermining its load-bearing capacity; steel structural elements were inserted to ensure its stability.
Stone Creek Camp by Andersson-Wise Architects is situated on the flanks of a long hill, leading visitors into a gradual discovery of the site. Two gatehouse buildings announce claim to the property; a pebble and earth path leads down the hill to the master house, lodge, and guest house.