A house made of two offset concrete boxes. Stone and glass elements make for dramatic interiors.
Just opposite of the Cathedral of Granada, perhaps the most beautiful cathedral in Spain, is a very different kind of building.
Islamic culture is embodied an reinterpreted through modern technology and design in this 35,000 square foot residence, located in the United Arab Emirates. Searing temperatures and ample desalinated water allowed the desert site to be transformed into an oasis with pools and landscaping.
Helal New Moon Residence, United Arab Emirates, Executive Architect Goowin Austen Johnson, Ehrlich Architects
The newest Herzog & de Meuron building in Spain is the Espacio de las Artes at Santa Cruz, Tenerife. The building is a long volume intersected by a ramp that generates a triangular plaza. Along the facade, over 1,200 openings in 720 different shapes filter the natural light to the inside, while generating an amazing view during night.
With over 20,622 sqm, the building includes a public library, a contemporary art museum, photography centre, store, cafe/restaurant and several public use spaces for the community.
The Tsai Residence is a countryhouse designed for two young art collectors. The design reflects their request for simple abstract looking piece, sitting almost without scale on top of the vast property, which is located two hours upstate from New York City.
The new building is located in a densely built-up villas on Locarno district, with view on the city, lake and mountains. Only two simple cut, mutually staggered stone cubes work out from the mountain. Additional light is taken in through courtyards. The water of the swimming pool, embedded in the valley facing cube, merges perfectly with the lake.
“Charles Harper painted homes designed by Rudy Hermes as photomontage backdrops to introduce the 1960 Fords in November 1959′s Ford Times magazine… ‘the ultimate in prefabrication since it has no footings or foundation.’”
Ford Times, Homes by Rudy Hermes, via: But Does it Float
Everyone knows the Glass House, the weekend retreat that the architect Philip Johnson designed for himself in New Canaan, Conn. Much less well known is another house Johnson designed soon after—across the street. Because it was for a family, it doesn’t have the jewel-box quality of the Glass House. But it does have its famous predecessor’s cool geometry and considered relationship to the outdoors.
Hodgson House, New Canaan, USA, by Philip Johnson
via: The New York Times
This house is located in a residential area of Oaxtepec, Mexico. Designed for cooling, the openings are placed for maximum air circulation. Daylight is filtered through the folds of the house.
Suntro House, Morelos, Mexico, by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza
A clean facade and composition for photography studio in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Jun Aoki & associates. There are 3 rental photo studios where two in the basement, one on the ground. Ground floor accommodates the car parking lots for studio users. The ceiling grid with fluorescent light allows ever-changing appearance of the space during the night.