The Garden Shelf by Lausanne-based firm Dreier Frenzel Architecture is a summer pavilion for a family in Geneva, Switzerland. composed of three, distinct volumes arranged in an offset manner, the small concrete structure directs its focal point to the immediate site – the garden – rather than the more distant view from the slope which it resides on.
Hugging the natural topography of the plot, the design scales down the garden in a terraced fashion. The individual boxes vary in size and host appropriate programs inside: the smallest form holds storage while the larger ‘rooms’ accommodate a kitchen and a spacious seating area. The interior is connected for the inhabitants to step up or down between functions. When not in use, a system of wooden shutters that run along the open faces enable the shelter to be enclosed.
Located on a northwesterly oriented beach fronting the Strait of Georgia. The site includes many second-growth douglas firs, a beech grove and a grassy meadow with good solar exposure. For over a thousand years this site was a summer camp location for the Lummi Indians, and due to its archeological significance, no footing excavation could take place on the site. Further, its location in a federally designated flood plain required that the structure be raised off the ground several feet. The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy to maintain summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view.
Main and guest houses for an oceanfront site in Long Island, based on the postwar Case Study Houses built in California. Citation for Design in the 2006 AIA New York State Design Awards.
Montauk Residence, Long Island, by Pentagram
Conceived as a series of interconnected pavilions enclosing a garden, the courtyard-house typology is utilized to achieve private interiority within the suburban context. The strategic interplay of light and shadow, expansion and contraction, solidity and lightness is used to derive spatial richness.
The house incorporates fuel cell and solar panel technologies, passive cooling, greywater reclamation, and extensive use of reclaimed finish materials.
Courtyard Residence, by Aidlin Darling Design
The Punta House is located on an open lot, alongside a reservoir, in the countryside close to the city of Punta Del Leste, in Uruguay. From the get-go, the location of the residence on this open country wasteland imposed the challenge of creating private spaces and, to some degree, protected visually and climactically. The solution adopted, from the outset, was a one-level house which, on one side looked out to the waters of the reservoir; and, on the other, to an internal patio demarcated by stone walls, which end up defining all of the spaces of the house.
Situated in the midst of a parking lot, the residence features layers of pierced facades that slowly unveil the main structure and life within it. Thick wall circumscribe areas of the dwelling producing porous areas between interior and exterior, public and private. Designed to shelter but not visually enclose internal environments, the residence includes overlapping volumes that form sheltered courtyards and passageways that open inwards.
A series of white boxes, each unique in height and program are grouped together, creating a structure with intricate depth and illusion of space. inside, rooms continuously unfold and expand, creating an open and vertically integrated living environment. Platforms, bridges and small cubic forms interrupt the vast interior volume, adding a layer of complexity to the otherwise minimal space.
Home of a couple with a passion for architecture who were keen to make one of Düsseldorf’s rare ruins their own. The reconversion was closely overseen by the administrative authorities, since this old factory in the city centre miraculously avoided damage during the many bombings of World War II. Across from the coachman’s passageway are some garages that stand in front of the entrance court. The court is dotted with screens that flank the entrance and seclude off the “day patio”. The history of the city is reflected in the glass panels, reminding you of the building’s heritage. A facade made entirely of glass stands completely independently of the old structures, showing off their immense scale. The building is now protected against the elements and complies with energy performance requirements. The study opens boldly onto the garage and gym. The gloss painted furniture designed by architect Bruno Erpicum reflects the structural elements. A vast white space devoid of any accessories houses the sleeping accommodation in the conversion; the rotating door appears to be floating in the air. An enormous living room is arranged between the pilasters that are displayed with pride.
Düsseldorf, Germany, by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners, Photography by Jean-Luc Laloux
Located in Alto do Lagoal, a neighborhood facing the sea in Lisbon, Portugal, the home sits nicely between two blues: the sky and sea. The House at Paço de Arcos by Jorge Mealha, unfolds a setting where solids and voids are in display for each other. The arrangement and span of the masses allows for interesting in-between spaces that not only allows light to penetrate the core of the development but also allows reflection as water and shadows bend the surfaces and maximizes its adjacencies. These reflections allows for a dramatic play and change of light throughout the day and give texture to the endless cement plaster walls that dress this house.
A stand of Nikau, an idyllic private bay and a building platform defined by ridges either side set the architectural program of the design of this family beach house. The concept evolved from the idea of a family group camping, creating space between the functional nodes. This was particularly important in allowing space for the boats and water to move through the valley to the bay below. This space was utilised to give physical separation to the guest house. It was important to activate the spaces around the house giving a progression to enjoy. From the lawn overlooking the sea soaking up the morning light, to the private courtyard, framed by the Nikau grove, catching the last rays in the evening whilst enjoying the outdoor fire.
Waikopua House, New Zealand, by Daniel Marshall, Adriana Toader, Daniel Marshall Architects
Winner of the AIA National Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture, the Trial Bay House involved a complete reorganization of an existing dwelling and the addition of a new living room, veranda, courtyard and garage. The house features the Channel Room, which overlooks D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania, this room was built with precast concrete panels that were angled inwards to frame the view. The effect is like standing inside the lens of a camera, with the viewfinder focussed on distant Bruny Island, in a subtle reference to the owner’s career as a director and screenwriter.
Trial Bay House, Tasmania, by James Jones, HBV Architects