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AH House by Studio Guilherme Torres

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

Guest apartment by Mjölk and DDAANN

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.

Guest apartment, Vokovice, Prague, by Mjölk and DDAANN

Alpine Shelter by OFIS architects

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

Lake View Residence by Alterstudio Architecture

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

Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Located on a windswept coast line, Moonlight Cabin is a place to retreat from and engage with the landscape’s ephemeral conditions. It is a small footprint shelter (60m2) that explores the boundaries of how small is too small, challenging conventional notions of what is actually necessary in our lives. It is designed to be passively environmentally responsive, ultimately reducing energy use and running costs whilst maximising occupant amenity. The plan is conceived as one volume with kitchen, bathroom and utilities inserted within a central island pod which effectively unlocks the corridor to become an important habitable space. The built form is fully screened in a spotted-gum rainscreen that acts like a ‘gore-tex jacket’ to protect the cabin from the elements while the timber is free to move naturally in the changing climatic conditions. Operable shutters enable cross ventilation and adaptability, open or closed, partially shut down or secured when the occupants leave and reopened when they return. Moonlight Cabin is grid connected and rainwater is sustainably harvested.

Moonlight Cabin, Victoria, Australia, by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Photography by Jeremy Weihrauch

Casa Lara by Felipe Hess

The house consists of three volumes stacked in a pyramid shape, whereby the two lower ones contain the living areas and the upper volume houses three bedrooms; these three ‘blocks’ were made to stand out by using different materials on their facade, namely stone and metal for the lower ones and wood for the upper one. On top of the whole house sits a pavilion with a barbecue area and a sunbathing area which also acts as a viewing platform, offering a 360-degrees view of the city.

Two gardens were created on either side, the one at the front functioning as an open-air lobby featuring tropical plants that partially screen the house from the street, while the garden at the rear includes a swimming pool and a sauna. The interior of the house was given a simple concrete floor and was furnished with contemporary, understated furniture.

Casa Lara, São Paulo, Brazil, by Felipe Hess
Photography by Ricardo Basseti

Villa Altona by The Common Office

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

Villa Eden by David Chipperfield Architects

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.

Villa Eden, by David Chipperfield Architects

Castle Rock House by Herbst Architects

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

Casa 4.1.4 by AS/D Asociación de Diseño

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

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