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Villa Berkel Netherlands by Paul de Ruiter

The woods around the villa are dark, which means it is important to ensure that as much light can enter the house as possible. However, the more glass is used in a building, the more difficult it is to maintain the dividing line between inside and outside, private and public. Therefore the building plot is divided into three long strips at right angles to the road. The bottom and southernmost strip is reserved for the garden, the middle strip contains the villa itself and the most northern strip offers access to the house: this is where the drive, parking space and the entrance are located. This layout of the site means that those parts of the house that the residents prefer to keep private are out of sight.

Villa Berkel, Veenendaal, Netherlands, by Paul de Ruiter
Photos by Pieter Kers
via: Arch Daily

101 Russel Hill Road by gh3

Built in the brutalist style of architecture of the 1970’s, the house was subsequently renovated several times following a more traditional approach to house design especially by converting large open spaces to a more cellular room design. The renovation reopened the ground floor so that it became an open loft-like space from front to back. By installing a new fully glazed wall at the rear garden side of the house, it was possible to extend the sense of the outdoor space through to the interior. 

101 Russel Hill Road, Toronto, Canada, by Pat Hanson, Anthony Provenzano, gh3
Photos by: Ben Rahn
via: Arch Daily

Casa Moro Mexico by Anonimous-Led

A house made of two offset concrete boxes. Stone and glass elements make for dramatic interiors.

Casa Moro, Querétaro, Mexico, by Alfonso Jiménez, Anonimous-Led
via: Plataforma Arquitectura

Centro Jose Guerrero by Antonio Jimenez Torrecillas

Just opposite of the Cathedral of Granada, perhaps the most beautiful cathedral in Spain, is a very different kind of building.

Centro Jose Guerrro, Granada, Spain, by Antonio Jimenez Torrecillas
via: Plataforma Arquitectura

Helal New Moon Residence, United Arab Emirates

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

Espacio de las Artes at Santa Cruz by Herzog & de Meuron

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.

Espacio de las Artes at Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, by Herzog & de Meuron Photos by: Iwan Baan
via: Arch Daily

Tsai Residence in Upstate New York by HHF

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.

Tsai Residence, Ancram, New York, by HHF, in collaboration with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
via: dezeen

Brione House in Switzerland by Wespi de Meuron

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.

Brione House, Brione sopra Minusio, Switzerland, by Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects
via: Arch Daily

Ford Times—Future Home 1959

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.’”
- Dwell

Ford Times, Homes by Rudy Hermes, via: But Does it Float

Philip Johnson Brick House New Canaan Conneticut

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

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