This is an exercise to make this two storey building appear as a single storey by placing the first floor on top of a ground floor stone plinth on the street side, hiding all ground floor activities. At the same time extensive shaded glazing on the garden and pool side is creating a horizontal void directly connecting and unifying the indoors with the outdoors. The combination of the heavy stone base and the continuous glazing makes the curved concrete structure on the first floor appear to be floating. The elevated site has unobstructed views to the Pentedaktylos mountains during the day and the lights of Nicosia town at night. The open space between the guest bedroom and living room creates a sheltered outdoor sitting area with an open fire. The plan is linear and all rooms share the same stunning views.
Article source: Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa
The house consists of two structures, perpendicular to each other, and a third one serving the swimming pool.
Due to its volume this house seems to have two floors, but it is, in fact, distributed almost exclusively in one. The structure of the living rooms, with a double height ceiling, which also houses the study and the gallery located on the first floor, grants it another volume dimension.
The subject of complete renovation in historic context here is declined in a modern interpretation of the existing architectural and typical past element. They are made all “cassettonature” in lightweight materials such as plasterboard, reinventing the ceilings concept as a principle feature spaces always creating new perspectives on the chain-linked volumes, typical of historic buildings. Even the floors are treated to propose “tile-carpet” as well as for the walls, through colored backgrounds with geometrical pattern has been repeated on the wallpaper. Then through a process of abstraction and synthesis, using eco-friendly techniques and materials with low environmental impact, was made a general layer directly overlaid on existing surfaces, respecting features and peculiarities.
This residence stands in the suburbs of Hamamatsu, and was designed for a young couple with children. The building consists of a two stories high rectangular box with a meter deep balcony, which functions both as a semi-outdoor corridor connecting the rooms on the upper floor, and as a roof over the ground floor entrance porch and veranda. The 10m wide horizontal opening on the balcony wall made structurally free by use of cantilever, gives character to the outer appearance of the building. The building is situated on the northern side of an irregularly shaped land plot. In the double-height ceiling LDK, the large opening creates a sense of unity with the yard on the southern side, in addition to “borrowing” the forest on the south-western wide as part of the scenery. The open interior space was designed by extending dynamically both in the horizontal and the vertical direction.
Located in Mclean, Virginia, this project is sited on a seven acre, steeply sloping, wooded lot bordering a stream and parkland trail, known as Difficult Run. The scope of work involved a complete renovation of an existing house, a substantial addition to the house, a new detached garage and guest house, and a comprehensive reorganization of the site.
MM The house is located in a private neighborhood in the northern part of the Great Buenos Aires in Argentina, on a plot of 20mts x 50 mts, with direct access to the river.
The surface of the house measures 180m2 covered, with 3 bedrooms and living room with kitchen, ascending to 380m2 in expansive deck surfaces, terraces, barbecue grill, dock, patios, pool and gallery. Compositionally three materials predominate: masonry, wood and concrete together with large windows overlooking the river.
Located near the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, the design of this house is formed by the tropical conditions of South East Asia as well as the values of its owners, a Swiss family living in the region.
The site is a small 300m2 suburban block in south east Melbourne. The brief was to design a new dwelling to accommodate a family of 4 while also including flexible spaces which can change as the children grow and the needs change. A collection of bikes also needed to be accommodated internally and externally as these are a major form of transport for the family.
A house that grows in length, on a plane alone and without corridors or lobbies. A series of functions arranged in a sequence. Completely permeable to the meadow and the forest. More closed and protected from the cold to the north.
The design of a single family dwelling uni-floor made of wood and the construction of a wall counter-earth that helps to consolidate the backfill on the northern boundary of the lot in addition to the regular drainage of rainwater.