May Grove was designed for a professional couple and Biggles the cat. The occupants required a modern, low maintenance, open plan sanctuary in the inner city. The design meets these requirements while offering a variety of engaging spatial conditions, light and volume to enhance their daily living experience.
May Grove, by Jackson Clements Burrows
Photography by Peter Clarke
Located in the Virgin of Guadalest Valley, an environment of high scenic value 50 minutes from Alicante, VIVOOD Landscape Hotels, the pioneering network of sustainable design tourist destinations inaugurated the first landscape hotel of our country this summer. It has been a challenge both architecturally, in terms of the landscape, as well as at the services level.
A challenge that begun by offering all the comforts of a luxury hotel in the middle of nature, as well as innovating with a modular architecture integrated with the landscape, through its 25 independent suites, a restaurant, lounge bar, a panoramic pool, and many terraces and private exterior jacuzzis.
Thus, VIVOOD is consolidated as a new hotel chain designed and managed by architects, preoccupied with the creation of spaces focused on the design of a new concept, an experience for the future guest who will live that place. A place of avoidance for the traveller who seeks new sensations of calm and exclusivity.
All the elements integrated into the concept, from the surroundings, the landscape, the views, the architecture, the interiors, the pool, to the jacuzzis, have been designed with the aim of building a hotel with special charm. The most pure, silent and tranquil environment to achieve avoidance: its true added value.
The Montebar Villa is a prefabricated wood house lying on a panoramic spot facing the Swiss alps, in a privileged position with sun light during the four seasons. A magical place where the silence is alternated with the gentle chimes of cows at pasture in the distance, where the calm breezes coax tree branches and grasses to release and carry a sweet and fragrant air.
The project was created around the local building code, which imposes each house to have a dark gray pitched roof for a better integration with the environment. Starting from this constraint, the idea developed into an homogeneous solution using the same material for both the roof and façades, in order to provide the building with a monolithic aspect, like a stone in the landscape. The only exception is the South elevation, facing the valley, which grants a spectacular 180 degree view through a curtain-wall that encloses the living area and folds inside creating a loggia to be used in the warmer months.
Montebar Villa, Medeglia, Switzerland, by JM Architecture
Photography by Jacopo Mascheroni
The lakefront site is entirely wooded. It is crossed by a stream on its south side and has a steep incline on the north. These characteristics and the need to build at a distance from the stream suggested a lengthwise placement, with the house slipped in between the stream and the slope. It is a low-profile, primarily single-storey building. Its meandering shape is determined by the opportunities offered by the surrounding landscape. The structure bends, opens, and narrows like a river carving its own path.
From the path leading up to the entrance, the building appears as a mostly opaque volume that follows the contours of the site. The garage is concealed from view. To the right, an opening in the palisade invites visitors to come inside. Along the south facade, the volume of the house bends and opens up to let in the light and make the most of the forest view. Further along, the volume bends again, turning toward an opening in the woods that offers a view of the stream flowing into the lake. On the north side, smaller openings frame perspectives of the surrounding landscape and allow the building’s occupants to enjoy the gentle murmur of the stream, which still runs over the property. Atop the roof, a small tree-house-like room looks out onto the surrounding greenery.
Inside, visitors are greeted by a large hickory wall unit, shaped to offer seating and a place to hang away coats. It also directs one toward the living space, a large, generously-lit area that culminates in a cantilevered, screened room with a view of the mouth of the stream and the lake. On the south side, the exterior wall makes way for a large glazed surface that opens onto the forest. During summer, the trees, like the green roof, create a natural screen to shield the house from heat. In winter when the leaves have fallen, sunlight filters through the forest and floods the space with warmth and light. The materials used for the surfaces are simple and refined. The white walls and polished cement floors contrast with the rugged natural surroundings, allowing the scenery outside to take centre stage. The large open area is occupied by three wooden masses. The large built-in unit in the entrance also screens off the more private areas of the home.
House on Lac Grenier, Estérel, Canada, by Paul Bernier Architecte
Kiosque are two modular pavillons commissioned by Emerige with the Galerie kreo that will be donated to the City of Paris to be used for social and cultural projects. The Kiosques can be visited until begining of November in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris as part of the Hors les Murs extension of FIAC Contemporary Art fair. The construction, manufactured by the Ateliers of La Machine in Nantes, was built like an urban furniture: the pavilions can be easily transported inside a truck and assembled in three hours. Idea was to create an itinerant and versatile platform that could welcome different kind of events. A modular rectangular unit with a broad roof that amply overhangs the wall, creating a sheltered external terrace illuminated by hanging lamps. The roof can fold into itself in two-panel sections, which can then be stacked and moved in a trailer.
Kiosque, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Manshausen Island is situated in the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of Northern Norway. The Island´s position between dramatic mountains and the Barents Sea is in itself the inspiration for celebrated Polar Explorer Børge Ousland´s newest adventure; an adventure and exploration resort. The area is home to the world´s largest population of Sea Eagles and the fishing is spectacular. To the north the horizon is dominated by the mountain-range of Lofoten.
Manshausen Island was historically part of one of Northern-Norway´s largest trading posts for the fishing industry, today only visible in the massive stone quays on the Island. Additionally there is an existing 18th century small farmhouse on the Island.
The resort was planned and laid out in consideraton of the Island´s topography and the two main existing structures – the old farmhouse and the stone quays. The old farmhouse is situated on a small protected grassy plain on the Island and has been carefully restored, but also opened up towards the view of Lofoten in the North. The interior gives room to a professional kitchen and dining area on the ground floor and a relaxing library on the first floor. The cabins are all but one placed on the stonequays, partially cantilivered above the sea, one placed on a natural shelf on the rocky formations above. The positioning and orientation of all the cabins is based on the consideration of their individual panoramic views and privacy for the guests.
Manshausen Hotel, by Snorre Stinessen
Situated in São Paulo, Brazil, this contemporary 1.030 sq ft residence was designed in 2012 by Studio Guilherme Torres.
AH House, by Studio Guilherme Torres
Owner of spacious apartment decided to add a minor one on the same floor. We transferred single studio into the guest house for guests whose are visiting young international family from far far abroad and for longer periods of time.
In general for family members and friends. It has a complete infrastructure to enable them to stay in touch without ever get the feeling that they are a nuisance. Separate kitchen with bar/dining table, on the contrary gives them sufficient facilities for the preparation of news from home cuisine and the opportunity to become the host for a moment.
The apartment is spatially relatively modest, generosity was added by investor, who was not afraid to invest in a complete replacement of all components supplied as standard. We could take out reconstruction utterly. The apartment is changed from plan, bathroom and doors, including frames. Old damaged floors were replaced by the unique polyurethane squeegee. The apartment is cleaned out and old sector kitchen replaced by newly designed custom furniture, completed with high-quality chairs. We pointed our attention on the selection of optical zones between kitchen / bedroom. Compared to the original 1 + kk contemporary space is defined by multiple zones. Large bed is not just for sleeping, but also provides a seat and storage for linen. On the wall is a library. In case that the guests need working space is there implemented desk and round mirror for „goout“ preparations.
In the hall, which is connected to the bathroom and storage room, a wardrobe rised up. Owner with a passion for cycling has reserved space in the middlle for his beloved road bike. He also starts his cycling trips here whenever the guest house is not occupied. For sure there are some spare bikes in a storage room. It is in a case if someone from the guests fall in cycling love when passing the corridor.
For this reason bathroom has a shower instead of tub, which better serve guests and athletes.
The extreme climatic conditions in the mountains introduce a design challenge for architects, engineers and designers. Within a context of extreme risk to environmental forces, it is important to design buildings that can withstand extreme weather, radical temperature shifts, and rugged terrain. Responding to environmental conditions is not only a protective measure, but also translates into a matter of immediate life safety. The harsh conditions of wind, snow, landslides, terrain, and weather require a response of specific architectural forms and conceptual designs.
The outer form and choice of materials were chosen to respond the extreme mountain conditions, and also provide views to the greater landscape. Its position within the wilderness requires respect for natural resources, therefore must meet the ground in a light and firm manner to ensure the shelter is strongly anchored while having a minimal impact on the ground.
The design consists of three modules, in part to allow for transport and also to programmatically divide the space. The first is dedicated to the entrance, storage and a small space for the preparation of food. The second one provides space for both, sleeping and socializing while the third features a bunk sleeping area. Windows at both ends offer beautiful panoramic views of the valley and Skuta Mountain.
Alpine Shelter, Skuta Mountain, Slovenia, by OFIS architects
Photography by Anze Cokl, Andrej Gregoric, Nikolaj Gregoric and Janez Martincic
An unparalleled view west, over the Bright Leaf preserve and up the Colorado River, and the desire to live casually amidst a collection of mature live oak trees combined to make a powerful circumstance for this family of four. The new house emphasizes view and a dynamic spatial sequence while at the same time creating an abstract backdrop for the serendipity light, circumstance and view.
The visitor arrives, meandering under a grove of ancient trees into an intimate entry sequence of limestone, vertical cyprus and verdant planting. Still unaware of the expansive panorama to come, views are revealed slowly – with carefully framed vistas inviting expectations of what is to come, and the pursuit of which leading to new discoveries.
Oriented for optimal cross ventilation and protection from the sun, the Lakeview house also utilizes geothermal HVAC systems, a photovoltaic array, and FSC certified woods throughout the building.
Lake View Residence, Austin, Texas, by Alterstudio Architecture
Photography by Casey Dunn, Whit Preston, Patrick Wong