The building is orientated in east – west direction parallel to the height contours. This marks the border between the two different site characters. In the south a more traditional villa garden is shaped in the terraced landscape, whereas in the east, west and north the untouched nature continues right up to the facade. The building is divided into four very narrow units, each 2.85m wide. This makes the building very naturally adopts its footprint to the terrain. Furthermore are the four units offset to each other both horizontally and vertically. The facade seems to fold itself in the landscape, avoiding trees and boulders and provides light from all points of the compass. A large centrally placed and retractable sky light (3.0 x 2.2m) fills the interior with light and contributes to the transparency of the building.
The interior is almost one continuous room. The building units offset relative to each other creates smaller private spaces within the large room. The family members private rooms have very generous proportions and borders directly to the common “negotiable” room. The relation between negotiable, and private rooms are regulated with large sliding wall partitions. The Construction is carried without any blasting on a plinth foundations. In situ cast floor, and roof slabs are supported with slender steel columns and the outer walls are constructed as in situ constructed wall elements. The roof has a very low pitch and is covered with a sedum-herb mixture.
Villa Altona, by Designer, Sollentuna, Sweden, by The Common Office
Serif is a collection of screens and televisions, which have been designed for Samsung during the past two years. They also designed the interface inside Serif.
Serif is a television that moves away from a preoccupation with ultra-flat screens. Instead, it is an object that can be turned around and manipulated. It can stand anywhere, even on the floor with its own legs. What designers were looking for was a solid presence that would sit naturally in various environments, just like an object or a piece of furniture. In profile, it forms a clear capital “I” shape, its slim body broadening to form a surface like a little shelf at the top.
Serif, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, for Samsung
The owner of this Brighton house required an interior that reflected the geometry of the building’s architecture. To achieve this brief, Mim Design undertook full planning, interior architectural design and decoration. Each view has aspect to a key interior feature or form, and each element within the house proportionally creates a sculptural form. The interiors have a sense of balance, calm and space.
From the front entry, leading through to the lounge with its elegantly curved fireplace, the space feels soft and warm. Light streams through the windows, and natural elements such as smoked oak floors, elegant grey marble, and black stained timber, create a muted sense of luxury.
MAH Residence, Brighton, Australia, by MIM Design
Photography by Peter Clarke
The M.A.D.Gallery is hosting “Optical Variations”, an exhibit by French artist Damien Bénéteau, featuring four of his illuminated, hypnotizing monochromatic mobiles. A photographer by training, Bénéteau creates art dedicated to light, capturing it in a playful and energetic way that renders it nearly tangible. Bénéteau’s kinetic sculptures reflect his fascination with how an object’s volume is perceived in various lighting situations and his interest in mechanics and machines. “My greatest influences come from minimalist sculpture, seen in the mixture of geometric aesthetics, austerity and simplicity found in my work” says the artist.
In three of his installations for the M.A.D.Gallery – “Length Variations”, “Circular Variations” and “Spatial Variations” – the French artist plays with pendulums, pairing their oscillating movement with light to create a trio of mesmerizing phenomena. “Sphérolithe”, in contrast, sees the former photographer moving away from the continuous movement of the pendulum, rather letting light emanating from a stationary point speak for itself. The light pulsates like the throbbing of a heartbeat: consistent, calm, calculated.
Operating from his own atelier in the suburb of Paris, Bénéteau, a connoisseur of machinery, uses milling, polishing and metal turning machines to create his structures, each one requiring between three and six months of work.
Optical Variations, by Damien Bénéteau
The western shore of Lake Garda is characterised by its mild climate and richly cultivated landscape. David Chipperfield Architects has built two villas on the hillside looking over the resort town of Gardone Riviera. Both buildings are carefully inserted into the landscape with its olive groves and cypress trees. Their volumes are divided into individual one or two storey structures, which are offset to one another following the topography of the hillside.
The materials are influenced by the region. The stone for the masonry and terraces comes from local quarries. The light roof structure of the pergolas and the window frames are crafted from wood, providing a contrast to the stone. The inner organisation of the buildings further reflects the surroundings. While the auxiliary rooms are located in the rear areas, the living and bedrooms are situated at the front, providing panoramic vistas of the lake and the surrounding landscape. The two buildings were constructed in the context of a larger project, encompassing seven villas, a hotel and an apartment building designed by four architectural practices.
Yet another in a series of exemplary beach houses by this practice, this project has a directness and simplicity that engages its occupants with both the essential and the existential nature of the beach house. Beautifully considered and expertly crafted, this is a demanding house – showers are not fully weather-sealed, surfaces are intended to suffer the natural consequences of ageing, and materials are blunt and uncompromising: the architects know that meeting some challenges is a wholly beneficial exercise. Yet within this almost rustic language is a captivating level of delight – the warm breezes passing through the spaces, the sand on the floor: all the qualities which distinguish a holiday house from a suburban home create a distinctive sense of place. The house commands its site without either pretence or posturing and invites occupation in all seasons.
Castle Rock House, Whangarei Heads, New Zealand, by Herbst Architects
Photography by Patrick Reynolds
Carbon Chair is a consistently constructive and yet formal and experimental design by Thomas Feichtner. It is a sheet of carbon fibre, which contacts the floor at three points and depicts a line from above and below, positively and negatively. The result is a formal interplay of inner and outer surfaces – a recurring theme that runs through many of Feichtner’s works. (Limited Edition of eight pieces).
The Carbon Chair is part of the exhibition ‘Austrian Design Pioneers’ during the Milano Design Week 2015.
Carbon Chair, by Designer, for Thomas Feichtner
This weekend house located in the Jurica Campestre community seeks to redefine the concept of a retreat home by defragmenting its core program in 4 main volumes. The house is conceived as a central house and 3 independent suites or volumes. This configuration of modules makes the house central core a plaza where one can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. These main spaces of the house create an interior-exterior relationship where the interior is well connected to nature and its surroundings, creating this way its own context.
The house from the beginning was placed on a 5m by 5m grid and this helped position and have flexibility during the creative process where one could reconfigure the relationship between volumes. The name Casa 4.1.4 derived from its massing consisting of one central house, 4 main volumes, one central plaza and four plazas or patios.
The project takes a starting point by placing the 4 components of the house on the site. The main house of approximately 155 sq. meters, is lived from a central courtyard that acts as a distribution of program such as kitchen, living, dining, and main bedroom, as well as filters light to all the public areas. The suites (cubes) of just 25 sq. meters makes a playful shadow and depth of field and creates its own context by being placed around the central plaza, these rooms allocate a bedroom, a bath, dressing room, panty-coffee space so they can operate independently form the house and provide privacy.
Casa 4.1.4, Jurica, Mexico, by AS/D Asociación de Diseño
Photography by Rafael Gamo
They are simple sky-reflecting concrete and glass cubes framed, or rather camouflaged by vegetation. Pascal Grasso conceived a spacious vacation home that reinvents outdoors living in perfect harmony with the environment – a contextual architecture designed as an adapted response to the surrounding geography, landscape, climate and light. The materials chosen echo to the coast’s mineral quality: raw concrete, stone, glass, stainless steel. Poured in formworks, the bottoms of which were layered with sanded wood boards, the surface of the raw concrete retained the motif for a peculiar texture.
While minimalistic aesthetic is one of the project’s formal influences, it also reveals a more conceptual approach. Pascal Grasso used a reflecting glass to bring forth notions of disturbance or transparency: in day time, nothing from the inside of the house can be perceived from the outside as the openings reflect the landscape (and this furthermore intensifies the way in which the four cubes merge in their environment). Dealing with this connection to the landscape also implied resolving the issue of the openings. More willingly speaking of screens rather than windows, the architect thought in terms of photographic or filmic framing.
Pascal Grasso conceived a house divided into four volumes set in the landscape according to an orientation determined by the viewpoints and connected together by circulation spaces. Each of the four raw concrete boxes has a distinctive size and positioning (on the ground, in slight levitation, cantilevered, piled up): this was a means to take advantage of the tilted land by working with terraces at different levels, but also to interact with the surrounding landscape.
Maison Le Cap, Var, France, by Pascal Grasso Architectures
Photography by Cyrille Weiner