The project designed by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa to restructure an approximately 250 m² rented apartment in Via Roma in the centre of Turin attempts to meet the needs of three generations: a father, his daughters and grandfather enjoying the rituals of everyday life under the same roof while, at the same time, having their own private spaces designed to meet their individual needs.
Marcante’s and Testa’s joint project is based on very close, constant and stimulating interaction with the clients bringing their own specific requirements in line with the setting in which this house, built from 1935-1937, is located. Having discovered that the interiors had completely lost all their original features, the perception of space and precision found in rationalist architecture and metaphysical painting from that period were inevitably sources of inspiration for the project designed by the architects.
Metaphysical Remix, Turin, Italy, by UdA Architetti
Photography by Carola Ripamonti
Cut Paw Paw is a renovation and extension to a double fronted weatherboard home. At one end is living/kitchen/dinning while at the other end is a music studio. Between is a deck, garden, paving and bathtub. Parts of the garden creep into internal spaces. Parts of the floor spilling into the garden. The entire structure runs along the southern boundary, therefore the house now faces north. Sun and shadow dances through the frame throughout the day, passively warming the house in winter, while keeping it cool in summer, which makes it energy efficient.
Cut Paw Paw, Victoria, Australia, by Andrew Maynard Architects
Photography by Peter Bennetts and Tess Kelly
“Why are arms on armchairs straight? This was the question posed as the inspiration for Bras (arm). This project was born from the gesture of an arm on an armchair, angled away and then towards you to follow the natural contour your arms make when sitting. At the same time this inspiration creates a distinguished visual statement which is inviting and in turn comfortable. The faceted corners in the sofa embrace you and allow you to sit in a flexible and more casual manner. For Bras we have developed a unique construction system which works independently between the seat, backrest and armrests, providing a level of flexibility, which in turn provides a great degree of comfort not found in sofas in this genre. There are a multitude of finishings for the fabrics as well as a choice for wooden or powder-coated steel legs.”
- Khodi Feiz.
The villa caters to the taste of the residents for the outdoors. The home floats above the natural rolling countryside, and features panoramic windows that optimize the relationship between the inside and outside. The lower terrace at the back with a pool and pond connects seamlessly to the covered terrace and strengthen these relationships. The interior is designed in harmony with the villa and fits perfectly with the minimalist aesthetic pursued by the clients. Sleek and minimalist design combined with warm materials. Villa is built on the original site of a dated bungalow from the 60s.
A Home That Floats Above The Countryside, Haelen, The Netherlands by Lab32 architecten
Photography by Jo Pauwels
It is quite rare, in Woollahra Council’s municipality, to have a waterfront residence so close to the water. One gets the feeling of being in Sydney Harbour when looking out of the over-sized wafer-thin framed windows. Luigi Rosselli Architects won a limited architectural competition to develop the site by proposing to revive the existing three storey house while the competitors opted for a clean slate solution. Adaptive reuse is the best way to keep a carbon footprint small and the strategy was rewarded in this waterfront property by maintaining the foreshore building line just a few steps from the water. A new house would have to be set further back. Though built on the edge of beach this is not a beach house. The cultured art lovers and sophisticated art collectors who commissioned this project required a very urbane and elegant residence, with an environment ideal to display their collection. Expansive Wall spaces, nooks for sculptures and specialised art lighting were necessary. The entry courtyard was originally a cramped driveway with three garages as main features, the solution was to relocate the garages and have a Will Dangar designed courtyard with sculptural plants and textural architectural details. The result restored a sense of dignified arrival where people, not cars, are welcome.
Harbour Front-Row Seat, Sydney, Australia, by Luigi Rosselli Architects
Photography by Edward Birch and Justin Alexander
Initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture, The Wish List brings together a stellar list of architects and designers for a unique collaborative project. The project invited designers and studios to use American hardwood to create an object for an established figure in the architecture and design industry. Zaha Hadid’s brief was simple and open: to create some form of tableware made from wood. So she teamed up with Gareth Neal to craft two sculptural oak vases.
The water carafe idea emerged from considering the liquid nature of Zaha Hadid’s work, but juxtaposing it with a functional element to contain water within. Through using the traditional vessel form as a starting point and subverting its appearance to dramatic extremes, mimicking traditional carving technique Gareth Neal hopes the pieces will embed the design with a sense of the handmade through the arm of a robot, questioning the viewer’s perceptions of craft and the handmade.
The garden, titled ‘Equilibrium’ has revealed some key new trends in landscaping for 2015 and signals a return to soft, useable spaces where greenery is used in place of traditional ‘hard’ landscaping elements to create structure and symmetry in nature. Some of the garden’s key features include a cantilevered arbor which wraps around the perimeter to create an architectural ‘frame’ in which the rest of the garden sits.
In the centre of the garden a custom-designed fire pit is framed by two perennial garden beds which inject colour and fun to break up the formality of the surrounding features. The seating area is paved with intricate stone work which continues along the garden’s base, interspersed with soft lawn areas and a pond which is subtly tiled with Italian glass.
The living pergolas, which stand approximately 3m tall and have been grown over a five year period, represent a return to nature as an architectural centerpiece, using organic material to create the built form, which Burkett says is a key recurring theme in his design.
Equilibrium, Melbourne, Australia by Nathan Burkett
Photography by John Wheatley
Lee Broom transforms a street of disused shops to create ‘The Department Store’, his largest exhibition to date with the launch of over twenty new products presented as an immersive journey through a dramatic series of interconnected department store-inspired sets.
The Department Store, by Lee Broom
Located on the 30+ floor in the highest and most prominent building of the city, the Esentai Tower, this apartment is aimed to be a place for sensory and intellectual stimulation as well as a refuge for reflection and relaxation. The brief for the project was to create a setting purely for leisure, mainly intended for weekend breaks or short stays. The space was equipped with everything necessary for a luxurious multi-sensory experience celebrating a very unique setting. Initially intended as a three-bedroom apartment the layout was turned into a luxurious one-bedroom loft-style space.
The L-shaped floorplan was composed with a clear spatial hierarchy between social and private areas. It reveals 270° city views while „leaning“ against the impressive setting of the surrounding Tian-Shan mountains. The scope of the project encompassed the complete spatial planning, interior architecture and engineering. This included the design and selection of all surfaces, lights, built-in furniture elements, kitchen units, loose & bespoke furniture pieces, accessories, design editions and a curated, bespoke art selection. The experience is a new sensation of space, elegantly flowing without interruption.
RIZ Apartment, Almaty, Kazakhstan, by COORDINATION
The external structure is composed of a cube volume and perforated metal envelope. The volume extracts cut-outs to create pockets of space that provide a pyramidical stepping down along the roof, a void along the entrance and private glass patios with terraces for living areas of the house. Using a material with holes on both sides aims to make an abstract interpretation of the texture of classical villas in the historical suburb. The crosses brace the frames of panels and create identity like façade ornaments on historical citizen villas.
The internal volume embodies two elements: exposed structural concrete walls and a wooden shell. The brief was to maximize living area with minimum of the service space. The concept divides space based on distinct program by separating function not by walls but floor levels: ground floor is living/communal space, first floor is children area and second floor parents area. With no cellar, the shell is integral to provide all of the space for storage. The flush walls fold out to house cupboards, shelves and drawers throughout the living areas and furniture is built into the floor in order to optimize space and provide easy maintenance. This connects different spaces in the house by giving a common function to partitions.
Villa Criss-Cross Envelope, Ljubljana, Slovenia by OFIS Architects
Photography by Tomaz Gregoric