This residence is primarily used when the clients’ extended family comes from England for long visits. They come to relax and to reconnect with their family and with nature, away from city crowds and traffic, at a retreat they neither want nor need to leave for a month. The design objective was to make every day of that month unique by providing a range of destinations within the site with diverse scales, functions, and views: from gathering in the expansive living room overlooking the fields of the former peach orchard to reading alone on a shaded bench between the library and the edge of the forest. Multiple paths and hallways connect each destination, further increasing variety. Finally, each detail and custom furnishing is designed to make mundane rituals into thoughtful events.
WRB Architects have completed a waterfront house located on an island in the Swedish archipelago. The site includes a 500 year old oak tree, pine and rocky outcrops. Facing the sea is a large area for gathering, indoor parts and outdoor parts are separated by a sliding glass wall. The layout takes advantage of the natural beauty of the landscape.
Island House, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, by WRB Architects
Ranked as one of 10 new homes in the Hamptons, by Curbed, the Southampton Beach House is built to accommodate a family of four and designed with entertainment in mind. 12,000 square foot summer house in the East End of the Hamptons takes full advantage of its location between the bay and the ocean to offer views of both. The house includes guest suites, staff quarters, an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace.
Southampton Beach House, by Alexander Gorlin Architects
Japanese architect Kazujuki Okumura planned the Mount Ishizuchi House on a North South axis to take advantage of the prevailing winds in this part of rural Japan.
House at the Northern Foot of Mount Ishizuchi, Ehime, Japan, by Kazujuki Okumura Architect & Associates
Architectural Photographer, Héctor Fernández Santos-Díez has published recent images of a new sociocultural center in Galicia, Spain.
Centro Sociocultural, Agrón, Ames, A Coruña, Spain, by Architects Prieto + Vaquero + Carreiro + López, Photography by Santos-Díez
The benign climate that prevails during the whole year in the Caribbean island, as well as the situation of the plot of 7000 sqm first coastline, they determine in advance the project executed by A-cero Studio. From the principal access, the house seems to hide behind an attainment of curved walls that believe a sculptural set. In the middle, a big door of two sheets in wood leads to the housing. The whole housing has crossed ventilation, to be able to make use of all the advantages of the Caribbean climate especially the sea breeze.
gh3 has completed a glass house for a photographer designed to maximise natural light. The photographer’s studio and boat house on Stoney Lake is a reimagination of the archetypal glass house in a landscape. A continuation of thinking about this architectural ambition, the central conceit of the glass house is reconceived through a contemporary lens of sustainability, program, site and amenity. The compelling qualities of simple, open spaces; interior and exterior unity; and material clarity are transformed to enhance the environmental and programmatic performance of the building, creating an architecture of both iconic resonance and innovative context–driven design.
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.
This house is a reconstruction of one of iconic Seattle architect Fred Bassetti’s earliest designs built in 1962. Fronting a busy street, we wanted to root the house to its sloping wooded site and provide a protective shelter for family life. The plan is opened up allowing for large family gathering spaces and perspectives throughout the full length of the house. A new metal skin with interior cedar liner wraps over the roof and grounds the house to the site. An aluminum bar grating screen encloses an exterior patio and deck filtering interior views and forming a sparkling and diaphanous wall from the street. The entry approach is redesigned with a cantilevered concrete landing in a sunken courtyard and a 4’ x 11’ pivot door to the interior. Bathing spaces are ethereally bright, smooth and seamless. Materials throughout are natural but installed and crafted in an extremely crisp manner.
UK architects Chris Lee and Kapil Gupta of Serie Architects have designed ‘The Tote’, a banquet hall, restaurant and bar. Their brief was to incorporate a series of disused buildings from the city’s colonial past set within the Mumbai race course and convert them to form a series of restaurant and bars.
The interesting aspect of the site, however, lied not in the colonial buildings but in the open spaces covered by mature rain trees. These spaces are shaded throughout the year by the thinly wide spread leaves of the rain trees, allowing almost the entire proposed program to occur outdoors.
The interior of the lounge bar on the upper level is an intricate arrangement of 3-dimensional, faceted wooden panelling, acoustically treated with sound proofing material. The pattern of the panelling is a series of trees with intersecting branches.