For a site near a forest, where the building is situated has one major drawback: south-western access. In order to avoid the functional collision of the driveway and the garden, the driveway was ‘pushed’ into the ground. This prompted the idea of a driveway leading inside to the the ground floor level, from underneath the building, which became possible thanks to the creation of an inner atrium with the driveway in it. This in turn has made it possible to obtain a new type of house, which is the reverse of an atrial building. The Aatrial House is closed to the inside and open to the surroundings.
This art studio, in addition to providing for the amenities of storage, cooking, cleaning, and reading, posed the problem of how to achieve extreme horizontal openness in order to move freely within the studio. It is based upon an expanded NYC loft typology that has been displaced to the countryside.
Winters Studio, by MOS
The residential building H16 consists of two contrasting cubes responding to the particular situation on the inclined plot. The black cube is constructed from prefabricated architectural concrete sections and accommodates the private rooms, thus ensuring intimacy and possibilities for retreat. A dense hedge at street level shields the glass cube from view. The ensemble is augmented by a light-coloured cube, which is visually connected to the residential building by a steel terrace and houses the garage and engineering.
H16, Stuttgart, Germany, by Werner Sobek
Umbau House, is the later work of the architect Theodor Laubi (1956) The property has been refurbished with new owners, who have established an art gallery on the first floor. Inspired by South American architects of the 50′s there is plenty of built in furniture in the rooms.
Umbau House, Zurich, Switzerland, by Gabrielle Hächler and Andreas Fuhrimann
Ellsworth Residence belongs to a keen art collector. The interior layout features an expansive living and dining area, with enough space to house works like an specially commissioned installation by Arizona artist Mayme Kratz, but also offers wide views to the desert surrounding the house.
‘My primary concern for the design was to minimize the impact to the pristine desert site explains Michael P. Johnson, ‘by bridging the desert arroyo, we minimized scarring of the desert floor’.
Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled designs for a private house in Barvikha Forest close to Moscow. The project will be shown at the Russia Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale September 12th – 23rd as part of a showcase of work by Russian and foreign architects working in Russia.
The Ann Demeulemeester Shop is located on the first floor, with a restaurant above and a adaptable space in the basement. Diverse interior spaces designated for its three main programs were made to be perceived and utilized as a part of the outdoors in a variety of ways. This building is not meant to be just another ‘object’ to be experienced externally, but rather as a synthetic organism of nature and artifice.
Ann Demeulemeester shop, by Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Seoul, South Korea for Mass Studies
The entrance pavilion at the Trumpf factory in Ditzingen represents an alternative form of extreme dematerialization. Central element of this highly transparent facade is an acrylic fin. The cantilevered roof offer shelter from the elements
Trumpf Factory Pavilion, Ditzingen, Germany, by Werner Sobek
“The house sits with its toes touching the sea and with an exposed worn rock face at its back, both constant reminders of the power of wild storms blowing in from the north-east. And should the big seas come, this house is a safe haven, no question about it.”