Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
D-Villa in Caicos Islands, Caribbean by Zaha Hadid Architects
November 13th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
Within the context of a masterplan design for hotel and marina, D-Villa merges an emerging continuous architectural landscape below with an elevated disc above to create elegant private, public and semi-public spaces – a dwelling which appears to both grow from the ground and float above it.
Within the context of a master plan design for hotel and marina, D-Villa merges landscape and architecture to create elegant private, public and semi-public spaces – a dwelling which appears to both grow from the ground and float above it.
Designs for D-Villa create a certain tension and experience between the emerging continuous architectural landscape beneath and the mysterious floating volume above. This contrast spatially links private, public and semi-public spaces, achieving elegance through its strong and radical features. The villa consists of three architectural elements: the elevated disc, the architectural landscape and the open spaces realized between them.
The architectural landscape of each villa emerges from the natural landscape of the Cay to house private spaces (4 generous bedrooms), semi-public spaces (storage and a kitchen), public spaces (living room, dining room). It offers a smooth transition from private to public.
The bedrooms on the ground floor have a direct access to the garden. The main entrance, living and dining, study and hobby spaces are implied via an architectural landscape that differentiates through level or location. Each Villa has a completely detached, floating volume with 2 master bedrooms offering maximum privacy with an expanding outdoor deck. With its cantilever form and metallic roof finish, it creates required shading conditions onto the two storey high open space below. A field of delicate columns, surrounded by two storey high windows, carry the roof. This spatial organization gives the sense of a floating object to its user.
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