French based office Raum Architecture completed this hangar/ house made for oyster cultivation and living quarters in Locoal-Mendon, France.
Photography by Audrey Cerdan
The Dutch design studio AEQUO have designed info station inside the Culture Campus Vleuterweide in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
The info station is shaped as the interior space of a monastery. It contains one large monastery bench, which comprises a multitude of functions upon closer inspection.
Villa Mecklin designed by Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects is located in the Finnish archipelago and was built in 2008.
It sits in a small depressions in the rock, its sheltered terrace extending over the summit of the rock. In connection with the shoreline sauna, there is also a stove-heated cabin for guests.
The building materials selected for Villa Mecklin are uncontrived, basic ones suited for the archipelago. All wood surfaces have been left untreated and will turn grey naturally.
The floor area of the villa is 70m2 and the sauna is 20m2.
Belgium Architects dmvA completed this interior for a post-modern pyramid house in Mechelen, Belgium.
VVDB house was mentioned as a statement for the eighties, since it has the main characteristics of eighties period building in Flanders, Belgium. The characteristics can be seen from the roof-type, symmetrical ground plan, wooden structure, honest materials, the use of cement stone, and many-colored aluminum joinery.
In the eighties architect Jan Van Den Berghe built his own house on a marvellous spot, close to the channel Mechelen-Brussels. Roof-type, symmetrical ground plan, wooden structure, honest materials, the use of cement stone and many-coloured aluminium joinery, were the main characteristics of this period building periode in Flanders.
The post-modern pyramid house was a statement for the seventies/eighties. Architect Van den Berghe requested dmvA to refurbish his own house for his daughter. No spectacular alterations, but subtle interventions, round perforations through the floors, a new central spiral stair, ‘whitening’ of the floors. Altogether an architectural attitude based on respect!
By preserving the original structure and doing a minimal yet contrasted intervention, the idea is to generate new and contemporary spaces for living, respecting the historic envelope.
Spanish architects Cadaval & Solà-Morales have completed this house at the Pyrenees in Canejan, Catalonia, Spain. The project seeks to recuperate the construction values of an old existing vernacular house which was made out of dry stone, a traditional technique of the area of great tectonic value. However the distinctive attributes inherent to this construction technique (compactness, massiveness, minimum openings, obscure interiors, weight) deny the extraordinary environment where it is located: on top of a mountain, with views to 2 different valleys that are faced by the two only façades of the house.
The project elaborates on a series of interior horizontal partitions that are supported by two vertical containers that behave both as structural elements and as divisions of the continuous spaces. Those vertical elements generate vertical continuity within the overall house, and even allow to eventually transform it into two independent homes.
But more than any other thing the project places on top of the last slab a vast continuous roof made out of two planes that in their intersection generate a long sore that enables the view of the summit of the mountain from the interior; the roof doesn’t rest directly on top of the stone wall, so a second continuous longitudinal sore is created, permitting incredible views to the valley. The definition of the section of the roof is the definition of the character of the main space of the house.
By preserving the original structure and doing a minimal yet contrasted intervention, the idea is to generate new and contemporary spaces for living, respecting the historic envelope. On the basement of the house, and responding to a structural weakness of a section of the existing wall, a big opening is shaped within the dry stone wall. Such opening permits amazing views and interior natural lighting to a second living and dining room; the rest of spaces accommodated within the old enclosure have a remnant sense of the old construction, although they are distributed according to new ways of living, in a more contemporary reading of architecture.
Photos by Santiago Garcés
Dutch interior architects i29 designed this apartment that features a series of cabinets with laser- cut holes across their surfaces.
This single-family apartment for four people is situated in a stately building in southern Amsterdam, NL. The original structure, with rooms for staff, a double hall and long hallways with lots of doors has been transformed into a spacious, transparent dwelling full of light and air.
A kitchen in combination with cabinets from floor to ceiling has laser-cut front panels, all spray painted white. This pattern results in a dynamic mixture of open and closed cabinets, the holes also function as integrated handgrips.
The transparency of the object’s skin gives depth to the volume which is complimented by furniture like the Grcic chair one. An atrium with open staircases brings natural light from a large roof light into the living area. Along the open staircase a wall of two stories high is covered with clear pine wood, and connects the two levels.
Upstairs the master bedroom is situated next to a large bathroom with a finish of structured tiles from Patricia Urquola, glass, and wooden cabinets.
Via i29 architects
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+ Home 06 by i29, Amserdam, Netherland
+ Panta Rhei college interiors by i29 Interior Architects, Amstelveem, Netherland
+ Gummo offices by i29 architects, Amsterdam, Netherland
+Power Office by i29 interior architects, Amsterdam, Netherland
Even though the architect specialize more in desert house designs he managed to create harmonious shingle-and-stone house and barn.
Rich Joy Architects designed this harmonious farm-house, made out of shingle and stone, located in Vermont.
Woodstock Farm is built on a large site among the Green Mountains with respect to the surrounding environment. Even an unusual linear footage of stone walls 100-200 years old is untouched and still can be found throughout the property.
The house is designed as a family and recreation oriented escape that is able to host many visitors. Besides the main building there is a large guesthouse which can accommodate all these visitors.
Photos by Jean-Luc Laloux
We tried to see if we could design a space that would be ‘indoor’ (which was closed in terms of the thermal environment) but would give a feeling of being ‘outdoors’ as a backdrop within the building.
Japanese architect Yoshichika Takagi has completed a house in Sapporo, Japan, where the interior is divided by a series of wooden structures with pitched roofs. Called House K, the project forms platforms and mezzanines on top of the house-shaped rooms.
The information below is from Takagi:
For this residential housing project, the client desired an open space within an indoor environment. But at the same time, one of the other conditions was that it should reveal the house shape on the exterior.
This was on account of the client’s wishes, as they liked the village feeling of being surrounded by other residential houses, but the actual site was in the regular residential area surrounded by manufactured houses. Considering the cold climate in Hokkaido, it didn’t seem to be the most appropriate solution to make a wide open interior space as outdoors, yet, keeping the house shape on the exterior.
We tried to see if we could design a space that would be ‘indoor’ (which was closed in terms of the thermal environment) but would give a feeling of being ‘outdoors’ as a backdrop within the building. The given condition of making an open indoor space led directly to the idea of making house-shaped indoor rooms. If these house shapes were scattered, it would give a village-like view.
The shape of a house is a code for dividing space indoors and outdoors, and a village is a code that implies outdoors. By using these codes, we thought that an interweaved scenery of indoor and outdoor would be made possible. After some trials, it seemed that a set of more than 3 house shapes would give a village feeling, which would potentially create a relationship between indoor and outdoor. If we could cover these entirely with a bigger house shape, this would function as an indoor space in terms of thermal environment.
Eventually, we managed to create a interweaved scenery between ‘indoors’ and ‘outdoors’ by placing 6 house-shaped profiles within one large exterior that envelops the entire place.
One of the six house shapes was made into an outdoor terrace. Indoors, there would be a village-like view using the help of the code for outdoors, inside the building.