On a 92-acre estate on the northern rim of the Black Forest, two residential houses and a pool came into being within a landscape garden. On the exposed topography located on a slight slope, different topologies are explored. The inhabited and uninhabited buildings, and gardens of different sizes provide the base for a quest of classical and unknown geometric topologies. The calm search for the “quinta essentia“ of an elegant classical form leads from the tetrahedron to the artificial landscape, a classical form which does not deny its revolutionary roots and formulates a poetic science.
In Phase One, the existing house was reconstructed, extended, and cut in two. By leading a run through its middle, the house was opened to the landscape.
Cousins & Cousins, winners of Interior Architect of the Year in the BD AYAwards 2017, have completed work on a beautiful extension to a house in Hackney, North London, with a spectacular staircase.
From the architects:
“The staircase forms the new heart of the house, a meticulously detailed and sculptural point of access that defines the spaces it connects,” says Cousins & Cousins.
For more info and photos head over to Urdesignmag.
"Canadian firm Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses has recently completed this waterfront home in West Vancouver, British Columbia, in order to make the most of its sea views. The home’s irregular shape traces the site boundary, coming to an angled blinder that provides privacy from tight adjacent properties. A natural, minimalist palate of raw concrete, steel, leather and wood creates a calm interior space that doesn’t distract from the framed ocean view beyond."
More info over at Urdesignmag.com
Now this is something unusual... An office building in a grain elevator with "landscapes from Tarkovsky's 'Stalker'", by Estonian practice KOKO.
"One of the most spectacular buildings in the Rotermann quarter, the grain elevator located on Hobujaama Street, was completed in 1904. The narrow building is over 100 metres long. The longer sides have no windows, but instead the limestone facade of the building is accentuated by metal straps that reinforce the wall. The wall is packed with metal details, like a useful old coat covered in buttons. The straps had the purpose of keeping the grain elevator walls intact even when the grain expanded."
Check out all the info and lots more photos over at KOKO Architects' website.
Recent Spaces are delighted to have recently worked on Mayfair Park Residence set in the heart of Mayfair, London for Clivedale London, Jouin Manku and PLP.
"An exclusive collection of prestigious private Mayfair residences adjacent to Hyde Park and Park Lane, managed by Dorchester Collection. These residences have been designed to set a new benchmark for super-prime living in Mayfair."
"Canadian architecture studio FABG designed the minimalistic Rosenberry residence; located on a large wooded lot near Sutton in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, Canada. The residence is conceived as a bi-generational family cottage for a financier now based in Asia and his parents still living in Montreal sharing it for family holidays in summer and winter."
"The area is, to say the least, breathtaking and awe-inspiring, and deserved a piece of architecture that is equally awe-inspiring," said the architects. "The cantilevered roofs and stretched terraces give the house the appearance of being gently floating above the rock."
For more info check out Studio Seilern's website
"Architect Luciano Kruk and his girlfriend Ekaterina Künzel designed themselves this concrete holiday house, set in the beautiful landscape on the Argentinian coastline. Named Casa L4, the 183 sqm house is located in Costa Esmeralda, a picturesque stretch of coastline set 250 miles south of Buenos Aires.
Given the number of projects built in the same area, the design stems from a history of experience that led to the use of exposed concrete which maintains its structural and aesthetic with minimal maintenance."
“Casa Meztitla is an intervention of a natural scenario. It showcases the luxurious value of leisure, the tropical weather, the intense sunlight, the smells of nature, the over 500 year-old landscaped terraces and the ever-present rock mountain: El Tepozteco. It is context in itself. The house, built out of rough stone, crawls low under the trees, aligned with the vegetated-covered stone slopes. It is the creation of pure space within the natural space (Paz, O., 1987). It has an introverted living yet is continually open to its surroundings. Only two elements reveal its existence to the outside world: the colorful bougainvillea flowers showing randomly through the trees’ dense foliage, which mark the plot’s perimeter; and the massive and monolithic white box that emerges through the treetops.”
"The main entrance is flagged by six bronze statues of legal scholars seated on pedestals, with a single pane of glass subtly marking the transition from the street to the interior. The transparency of the building signifies both accessibility to the public as well as the soundness and clarity of judgment."
"Cabin Vindheim is situated deep into the forest, in the alpine landscape close to Lillehammer / Norway.
The cabin is inspired by the classic image of a snowbound cabin with only the roof exposed above the snow. By extending the gables all the way down to the ground, the cabin becomes part of the snowy landscape.
In spite of a compact floor plan (55m2) the cabin is spatially rich and generous due to the sloping roof and the various uplifts. From the main bedroom and the mezzanine you can even gaze up at the stars and enjoy the northern light, while lying in bed.
During winter you can easily walk on top of the cabin and even sledge ride or ski down the sloping roof.
Team: Matre Aasarød / Berta Gaztelu / Joana Branco / Kurt Breitenstein
Photo: Rasmus Norlander / Top slider: Private"
"The current renaissance of the mashrabiya culminates in a large-scale responsive screen system in Abu Dhabi with the Al Bahr Towers by Aedas. The solar-responsive dynamic screen decreases the towers’ solar gain. According to Aedes, the lightly tinted glass reduces the incoming daylight at all times and not only for temperature-critical situations. The system even includes about 2.000 umbrella-like modules per tower driven by photovoltaic panels."