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.
House LJM in Miloslavov, Slovakia by n/a_benjamínbrádňanský_vítohalada
December 11th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: n/a_benjamínbrádňanský_vítohalada
The LJM House is an architectural project comprising three ideas, the idea of a simple building, the idea of an ideal villa and the idea of the suburban landscape.
The idea of a simple building is the client’s input. The fast construction and the low budget were major challenges, as we wanted to provide the client with a variety of spatial situations and a fast transition from a tiny apartment to their new residential environment.The client’swish of building process simplicity was adopted and represented by the standard-built bungalow type, combined with an additional custom-built spatial layer.
This add-on wrapper with diversified environments extends andenriches the spatiality and liveability of the single story square.Through this device, the project produces an enclosure where architecture, in the meaning of an uncommon formal, scalar, visual and programmatic organization of relationships, can happen without the pragmatic restrictions of construction details, insulation etc.
The idea of an ideal villa enters as an architect’s input to inform the project with principles and strategies that are present in architecture across time. We used the iconic villa Rotonda by Palladio as reference point not only for its nine-square floor planbut mainlyfor its relationshipswiththe surrounding landscape of the Veneto:four identical loggias are used as architectural tools framing vistas of four different environments;the loggias extend the interior into the outer envelope of the villa.
The LJM house uses this reference to produce an uneasy relationship with its surrounding landscape off allowplots one side and colourful suburban houses on the other. The reused vocabulary of antique porticos used by Palladio as loggias oriented into an interesting countryside, is further hybridised by a local phenomenon of concrete fence walls “defending” the privacy of the suburban plots and reprogrammed to correlate withcontemporary activities.
Rather than framing views or making a portico into a natural environment,the loggiasbecome anartificial spatial environment through hybridisation with the wall:in one instancea loggia, in another a sloped green garden, then a rocky brisesoleil, or a veranda carport. Sometimes covered but extroverted, sometimes without roof but secluded, but always a concrete wall.
The idea of the suburban landscape enters the project through the wall, its formal articulation and its performance. The wall is a critical transformation of surrounding ways to ensure privacy. Before suburbanization the rural settingdidnot operatethrough radical cuts between private and common. The spaces around the house where meant for activities belongingboth to the family and to the community, and served as gradient thresholds. Only later were the varied outdoor spaces – the productive gardens and orchards, the front garden or the yardreduced to mowed lawns and hardscaped parking spaces.
By adding a new layer of architecture to the family house, the project attemptsto recreate the spatial richness of the rural residential environment that is private and common, outdoor and indoor, extrovert and introvert.
The house LJM is a house and a wall, and a diversity that happensin-between.