VitraHaus by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, has recently opened at the Vitra Campus. VitraHaus joins two other buildings in this area, the Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry (1989) and the Conference Pavilion by Tadao Ando (1993). The concept of the VitraHaus connects two themes that appear repeatedly in the oeuvre of Herzog & de Meuron: the theme of the archetypal house and the theme of stacked volumes.
VitraHaus, Weil am Rhein, Germany, by Herzog & de Meuron, for Vitra.
Parnell House, Auckland, New Zealand, by Fearon Hay Architects
Used as villa for weekends, Plus house was realized by crossing two rectangular parallelepipeds at very right angles. The lower one contains private rooms and bathroom, and sticks half of the body out to existing narrow level ground. The upper one incorporates salon and kitchen, and lies astride the lower one and the mountain ridge. It almost seems like an off-centered cross pinned carefully on natural terrain.
“I didn’t want to just form the undulating landscape dotted with great trees as normal, nor design an elaborate architecture bowing down to the complex topography. What sprang to my mind is a blueprint for an architecture which is perfectly autonomous itself, at the same time seems to emerge as an underlying shape that the natural environment has been hiding. It’s abstraction of nature, to say.”
Built on a site overlooking the sea, the H-House is built with protection from the elements in mind, the house has large outdoor areas under the roof, and the H-shape helps protect against the wind and also creates a more intimate space in the courtyards.
H-House, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, by WRB Architects
This townhouse in Chicago floats behind a private garden wall and is framed by traditional houses on both sides. A dramatic side stair leads to the main level, comprising open living, dining and kitchen areas, then continues upstairs to the master bedroom and bathroom that are literally suspended above the main living space. Two guest bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the lower floor.
Chicago Town House, by Alexander Gorlin Architects
With the rise of remote workers, new design solutions are on offer, including the OfficePOD, which provides a working environment that is separate to home life, and the constant interruptions.
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