Casa Estudio | Intersticial Arquitectura

‘Casa Estudio’ is a modest-sized home located in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.

It was designed by Intersticial Arquitectura.

Description by Intersticial Arquitectura:

Acting as both a space for living and working, ‘Casa Estudio’ is a modest-sized home located in a micro industrial area of Queretaro City. The regeneration project saw the building dating back to the 1980s, being revitalized from a state of deterioration.

The firm in charge, Intersticial Arquitectura, chose to approach the run-down structure by understanding the pre-existing conditions. This led to the insertion of subtle interventions including the system of overlapping patios and straightforward construction methods. in turn, the series of patios allow for the house to be naturally ventilated and flooded with natural light. Meanwhile, clay and concrete was chosen to line the walls as it is a local material which carries strength and contrast.
The main challenge was to do more with less: to solve an architectural scheme that extends a studio space on the ground floor, which separates from a new apartment on the first floor, and to maximize the living space, inside and outside. Keeping with the tight budget, exposed materials form the character of the dwelling. as well as displaying a material contrast which in the end works as a whole, this meant challenging construction techniques had to be adopted. additionally, different textures that were locally sourced were brought in. For example the stem of the ‘junquillo’ plant has been dried, knotted and woven to feature in the screenings and rail coverings throughout the property.


Design Office: Intersticial Arquitectura

Location: Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico

Photographs: Intersticial Arquitectura


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Minimax House | Eben Architects

Minimax House located in Bandung, Indonesia.

It was designed by Eben Architects.

 

Description by Eben Architects:

Standing above small plot of 80m2 in a challenging hills contour of Lembang area, this minimal size creating maximum functions for the family who lives there. It’s a single block -three storey- linear house, with no fixed programme. With the conformable function concept, it helps maximizing the available area to be adjusted according to the activities of the family.

Each level contains more than one programme that are connected by a big slide-able walls that allows the family to control the privacy and adjust the space and furniture to follow their day to day activities according to their needs. The concrete perforated block facade were added to elevate the privacy and hinder the sun rays, without blocking the air circulation.

On lower 1st storey, there are a small foyer, and a raised platform lounge to welcome the guests and at night it can be used for a small bedroom for them as well.

There’s three programmes on the 1st storey, private sleeping area, living and dining room. During the day, the private sleeping area, that separated with sliding door, can be opened and creates a big living area that also connected to outdoor terrace. This give the family free access to enjoy wider space for children activities, family gathering or even a party and at the same time breathe in Lembang’s fresh air. While at night, each programme fulfil its own function.

On the 2nd storey, there is one hall living room with access to small outdoor terrace and connect to the roof deck. It gives pleasant enjoyment to the surrounding mountainous view. While at night, it can be customized into two bed rooms.

This open-conformable plan concept gives the family maximum comfort and enjoyment to exploit the rooms according to their needs without adding another one.


Design Office: Eben Architects
Location: Bandung, Indonesia
Area: 110,0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Leonard Kawun


 

 

Residence DBB | Govaert & Vanhoutte

This country house is located in Knokke, Belgium.

It was designed by Govaert & Vanhoutte in 2015.

 


Design Office     : Govaert & Vanhoutte
Location              : Knokke, Belgium
Project Year       : 2015
Photographs      : Tim Van de Velde


 

Pryor Residence | Bates Masi + Architects

Pryor Residence located in Montauk, New York, Usa.

It was designed by Bates Masi + Architects in 2009.

 

Description by Bates Masi + Architects:

The house occupies a hill in Montauk with a distant view of ocean, a site that the owners, a couple with two young boys, spent years to find. It is the couple’s reprieve from their home in the city, to share the outdoor lifestyle with their family and to remember their teenage years together in Montauk. The house design prompts the owners to interact with the surrounding environment, evoking experiences of camping.
A departure from typical residential planning, the house is entered through multiple areas for different guests and occasions.

Large glass doors slide open to the living, dining and kitchen area for a large gathering; a smaller scaled swing door for an occasional guest opens to the center hall with a view of the ocean. A sequence of auxiliary spaces – beach equipment area, outdoor shower, sand and mudroom – creates a seamless ritual from the daily activities for the family and friends. In all living areas and bedrooms, glass doors and insect screens slide in and out from pocket walls, transforming rooms to screened porches or spaces completely open to the landscape.

The living area, a double height space with kitchen, dining and living area, has thirty-six feet wide glass doors that pocket into southern and northern walls. When open, the dining room becomes a picnic area and the living room fireplace becomes a campfire. Multiple layers of bronzed metal fabric at the clerestory windows in the living area fold and unfold to adjust sunlight for optimal brightness & temperature of the space. These operable architectural elements use the natural environment to create suitable living conditions.

The house is environmentally friendly in its overall construction and planning with such specifics as geo-thermal heating & cooling, shading & venting systems, solar panels, organic finishes and materials. Lending to the structure’s sustainability, the house is assembled, rather than built, with prefabricated foundation, panel siding and efficient built-ins minimizes construction debris or toxins such as concrete foundation tar on the site. With the owner’s initial premise of camping, the design and functionality of the house promotes a memorable experience for friends and family in the natural environment.


Design Office : Bates Masi + Architects
Location          :Montauk, New York, Usa
Area                  : 297,00 m2
Project year     : 2009
Photographs   : Bates Masi + Architects


Restaurant “GASTROPORT” | Allarts Design

Restaurant “GASTROPORT” is located in Perm, Russia.

It was designed by  Saranin Artemy of Allarts Design in 2016.

Description by Allarts Design :

The new restaurant GASTROPORT, opened in Perm, Russian Federation. Above its design worked designer Saranin Artemy of ALLARTSDESIGN studio, together with Boris Kulinskiy restaurateur.

The restaurant is located on the bank of the Kama river in Perm, Russian Federation. Restaurant has panoramic windows and a perfect time – it is spending the evening sunset with excellent cuisine Nikki combines the features of Japanese and Peruvian gastronomy.

The institution makes to look at the newly renovated shop Perm river port. Based on the three relationships – wood, cement and brick designer and restaurateur created a completely new space in the city of Perm. The interior has a significant industrial footprint, underline the identification of architectural designs.

The entire restaurant is divided into multiple active zones – room, open kitchen, a bar and a mezzanine. The room has a high ceiling, in contrast to our other projects, and in this case, we have built a mezzanine – and which leads the central staircase hall.

The bathroom is separated fashionable strip and the island area. Door handles for cabins we made from whole northern birch. On the wall we used toilet patchwork ship, part of the ship, we cut down to the same plate and used in the interior.

In addition, input – the color of salmon, it reveals the beginning of Japanese cuisine in Peru. The bar and kitchen are made from solid birch, brought back from the north edge.

The room itself remains mobile. It was the wish of the customer.

Compilation of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, the result of a mix of culinary traditions of Japan in Peru. Japanese immigrants began to settle in the South American country in the late XIX century, and today they do not have a small number. The Japanese themselves have a strong influence on the local cuisine. While the two nations prepare fresh fish. Today in Peru all – from gourmet cooks to housewives – fresh fish with corn, sweet potato, lime and pepper aji – traditional Peruvian food. Nikkei came up and revealed to the world the Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, most famous for the whole world.

Design Office       : Allarts Design
Designer               : Saranin Artemy
Location                : Perm, Russia
Photographs        : Saranin Artemy
Area (sq.m.)         : 278 m2
Completion date  : 2016


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Loft BF 109 | Ando Studio

 

Design Office: Ando Studio

Location: New York, Usa

 

Casa 1+1=1 | Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture


Description by Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture:

The design of these two semi detached houses is addressed in a non-conventional way. Although the program for both houses is identical, the layout is not symmetrical. From the beginning the two units were conceived as one single project. Not only does the project answer to the clients needs, but it also offers the possibility of being transformed into one single house, envisaging a wider range of scenarios for its future use.

Although the house is located on a slope, oriented to the south, with many rocky outcrops and is called “los Peñascales” – rocky area in Spanish- the building does not relate to them, it turns its back to the immediate surroundings and rather interacts with the distant Pardo forest and with Madrid´s skyline. In my opinion, this is the key decision of the project, from which the rest derives.

The house somehow denies the surroundings and the abrupt topography of the site by delicately leaning on the rocks with a large horizontal plane that defines the footprint of the building. This noble plane, where the daily life goes on, is covered by a floor made with white calcareus stone.

Once this reference level has been established, the house is organized in two independent parts. Underneath are located the service uses and the car parking, and above the living area of the house. The entrance to the house appears between these two different worlds, through an almost hidden stair, situated around a huge rock.

One single volume houses the rest of the program. It is a hermetic, horizontal prism related to the “footprint plane” in its placement, shape and dimension. Here is where the rest of the program like bedrooms, a little toilet and the main bathroom is organized as well as the zones destined to the study. Against the hillside, the almost hanging concrete box leaves underneath the necessary height for the ground floor to be protected from the sun while preserving the views to the horizon.

A unique bay window located at 1,40 meter of height allows to trim the skyline of the landscape and uniformly illuminates the concrete ceiling. The horizontal void that runs almost through the whole building brings natural light into the first floor, allowing the sun to enter diagonally into the ground floor through the central double height. The independence of levels is only interrupted by double heights that put in relation both spaces described previously.

The objects of the house are clustered and related to one another in such way that in the ground floor, the furniture is reduced to one single element that has very different functions: storage, kitchen, sitting area and entrance windbreak. In the first floor, all the wardrobes are concentrated in one single strip that is attached to the façade, improving the thermal behavior of the building and therefore reducing its energy consumption.

This house hosts two dwelling units, but lacks of house scale. It uses the abstraction of the traditional dwelling elements to mislead the visitor and to attract his attention to specificity of the environment.

Design Office: Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture

Location: Torrelodones, Spain

 

Residenza d’Autore | Giraldi Associati Architetti

Design Office: Giraldi Associati Architetti

Location: Bologna, Italy

Photographs: Francesca Anichini

 

Tapered House | Index Architecture

 

Description by Index Architecture:

The client wanted to build a small vacation house in the suburb area of Shunde, P.R.C. He would like to display his collection of Bruce Lee memorabilia, whose family history originated from Shunde as well.

The trapezoidal site tapers out from the west to east totaling 670 square meters. It is the last parcel of land to be built upon for an exclusive residential community. There is a sharp terrain drop of over 9 meters along the south edge of the site, forming a miniature “cliff”. Beyond this point are two-storey vernacular houses and modern residential high-rises. The north side faces back to this tranquil residential community.

With the short-term accommodation (vacation house) and the semi-public nature (display gallery) in mind, the housing mass is divided into two distinctive yet connected parts. The gallery space is placed along the south to form a visual anchor to define the edge of this community with a landscaped garden in front. Since the displayed items, mostly the first- edition movie poster, are all very sensitive to natural lights, window openings are carefully placed along this telescopic gallery to allow natural light entering discreetly. The windows also frame distant views beyond.

Adjacent to the gallery is the living studio. The master bedroom overlooks the double height living room which provides direct access to the garden. The openness of the garden is somewhat balanced by a sense of enclosure and privacy from the elongated concrete mass, It is a visual buffer and back-drop for the garden and the community.

Exterior is of raw board-form fair faced concrete to reflect Bruce Lee’s fundamental belief in “being no rule is the rule; being no limit is the limit.”

 

Design Office: Index Architecture

Location: Shunde, China

Photographs: Hunga Chan

Casa Sobrino | A4estudio

Design Office: A4estudio

Location: Mendoza, Mendoza Province, Argentina

 

Concrete Box House | Robertson Design

Description by Robertson Design:

Design Office: Robertson Design

Photographs: Jack Thompson

Loft in Bratislava | gutgut

Design Office: gutgut

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

Photographs: Peter Čintalan

Casa Planalto | FC Studio

 Description by FC Studio:

The way of appropriation of the 800 square meters available for the establishment of the house (20x40m) is quite clear. Two large perpendiculars volumes mark the territory and categorize the uses and functions of other areas of the land.   A rectangular prism, perpendicular to the street, contains the intimate features of the house on the upper floor, occupying only half of the land and releasing the other half for recreation and landscaping.   Serving as a support and focused only on the main floor, another rectangular prism, but in different proportions, contains the service and social functions of the house.   The upper volume seems to rest on the main floor, which creates a series of statements that reinforce the architectural propose. Main floor and upper floor are implanted orthogonally. Exactly on this single point of contact, there is the vertical connection between them.    The metal beams on the edge of the volume parallel to the street, reinforce the idea of independence between the volumes and reveal the structural functioning of the house. The residence has a mixed structure of pillars and metal “I” beams and massive slabs of concrete with 20 cm thickness.   The main access platform, located under the front overhang on the main floor, provides access to the corridor 1.80 m wide running through the house, connecting various environments. After passing through the service area, we come to the point of access to two key areas:  the social rooms (like an indoor pavilion) and the barbecue area (recreation).   We could consider them as areas, although defined, diffuse it provides a series of possible uses in addition to which they were designed.   The same type of access is provided on the upper floor, where the monotony is broken by bays of double height (stair and the fireplace room) and isolated pillars.   A garden-terrace covers the main floor block of the garage and recreation area. It can be accessed by the stairs at the recreation area.It is a space of multiple functions.   The characteristics of the materials used in this residence as chromaticism, texture and transparency were carefully chosen because of the intentions pursued in each space. While the transparence integrates, the concrete do the oposite. The concrete walls divide the space, while the large sliding glass doors bring the landscape into the house. The materials are sincere. The concrete, glass, wood and steel are shown in its essence, without intermediaries.   The Planalto house was conceived as a urban house for a couple with 02 children and could be considered as exemplary of the current Brazilian contemporary architecture.

Video:

Casa Planalto de Flavio Castro, São Paulo, Brasil from Pedro Kok on Vimeo.
Design Office: FC Studio

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Photographs: Nelson Kon

 

Waterfront House | Amsterdam Living

Design Office: Amsterdam Living

Location: Sweden

 

Paraty House | Marcio Kogan

Description by Marcio Kogan:

Paraty House’s two reinforced concrete boxes, sit atop each other, connected on the mountainside of one of the islands of the colonial city of Paraty and Angra dos Reis (between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), like two modern prisms between the large colossal stones of the Brazilian coast.

The building projects outward from the mountain, almost onto the beach, in an 8m cantilever. The house finds balance in the topography of the land, creating an extensive open doorway and living space in the practically untouched nature. Paraty House features a furniture collection showcasing 20thcentury design, including works by many well-known artists.

The residents arrive by boat. After stepping out onto the sand a metallic bridge positioned over a crystal-lined reflecting pool leads to a set of stairs connecting to the lower volume. This volume contains the living room, kitchen and service area. The continual internal area has a 27m span and huge glass windows to take advantage of the view of the sea.

The same entrance stairs also lead to the upper volume that houses the bedrooms. In the front part of the house, retractile panels of eucalyptus sticks protect the bedrooms from the sun. The areas that face the mountain have small internal patios with zenithal lighting, and use exposed reinforced concrete, which grants a striking texture to the walls.

The entire top of the house is covered with terraces, used as observation decks for the residents, and as a garden for sculptures, medicinal plants and edible herbs.

Design Office: Marcio Kogan

Location: Paraty, Brazil

Photographs: Nelson Kon

Concrete House | Matt Gibson Architecture

Description by Matt Gibson Architecture:

Composed of 2 longitudinal zones located to north & south of an east west spine – living spaces to the north and sleeping/utility spaces to the south, Concrete House utilises vertical connections and void spaces to provide strong visual connections between levels.

Formally simple, lofty and airy, the main spaces are reminiscent of mid century modernist material and compositional qualities (particularly Brazilian modernism).

Vertical and horizontal material connections are woven through the interiors and are composed utilising a purity of volume and geometric form.

The client, a builder and specialist in masonry was keen to utilise a concrete and stone palette externally.

These materials along with a generous utilisation of naturally finished timber became the determining elements of both the houses’ architecture and interior.

These provide a series of haptic textures that effect a powerful contrast against the smooth and more polished nature of glass and steel.

Design Office: Matt Gibson Architecture

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Solar da Serra | 3.4 Arquitetura

Design Office: 3.4 Arquitetura

Location: Brazilia, Brazil

Bunker House | Estudio Botteri-Connell

Description by Estudio Botteri-Cornell:

GRAVITY builds  SPACE and  LIGHT  builds TIME.  Architecture as a CONSTRUCTED IDEA” Alberto Campo Baeza.

The house has been built in a suburban neighbourhood and has been thought for someone who will live there permanently and whose children, friends and couple will visit them from time to time.

From meetings with the client, many concepts arise that seek architectonical answers: “a house which can integrate social life in direct relation with the outside, having a space in it which hosts and protects intimacy.

A space where one can stay while the rest of the house remains asleep. An introspection space; a temporal oasis.”

In response to these concepts, at first sight the house is built along two different elements: the Bunker that is solid, hermetic, almost impenetrable; and the open, permeable Action area  that dissolves  the limits in constant movement .

The Bunker is a singular poetic image, a primitive shelter, a home for lonely dreams and an intimate  space. Practically void of the outside, it “opens up” a larger universe, holding  the Dweller in their complete reality.

The Bunker presents itself to the outside as stony, still, immemorial as a carved rock. However, there are lines that cross it through, that mold it and engrave it…GRAVITY, LIGHT, WATER and AIR outline TIME and SPACE. Its inside layout- “heartbeats of the one who lives in it”- defines a warm, soft and expandable heart… Geometry is surpassed.

The spiral staircase stops being a mere connection element between distant points to become an entrance to a cosmic and mysterious universe, an escape from ordinary life from time to time and a feeling of “ascension” drawn by the development of the axial focus… The Infinite.

The Action Plan – made up of transparent membranes, white walls and  large tiling surfaces-defines  areas embedded in a larger one which in fact are  the actual  limits of  the  plot of land.

The neutral Green and its different degrees of seizure. The Water, with its leading role in everyday life, is sometimes a mirror and sometimes entertainment but always a connection between the World and ME.

The Light passes gently through the concrete walls. The Gravity permanently facing challenge.

And there come Lines Again: Family Lines, Friendship Lines and Work Lines making space  constantly flow. It is a place for social life. Among them, overlooking the scene, concrete walls rise.

Design Office: Estudio Botteri-Connell

Location: La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

FV House | Studio Guilherme Torres

Design Office: Studio Guilherme Torres

Location: Londrina, Brazil

MOB.025 | M.O.B. Interior Designs

Design Office: M.O.B Interior Designs

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus