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House Cal in Johannesburg, South Africa by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects

When Nico van der Meulen Architects received the brief, it presented a fairly large house with a separate accommodation for the client’s 3 adult kids. To accommodate that and thanks to its location in a private estate, the house was designed to be open to the street with a glass link across a koi-pond as the entrance which separates the guest wing and son’s suite from the rest of the house.

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Restoration of the house“El Bosquet” in La Garrotxa, Spain by Arcadi Pla i Masmiquel & Núria Pla i Illa

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Article source: Arcadi Pla i Masmiquel & Núria Pla i Illa

The project consisted of the restoration of the house “El Bosquet”, which is inside the neighbourhood of “Can Gustí”, located in “La Vall de Riu”. The objective was to set the house up as a short-stage refugee. Thus, the restoration entailed the reinforcement of the stony walls, the change in the house layout turning it into a main space which encompassed the dining room and the living room, and the relocation of the services (kitchen and bathroom).

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  • Architects: Arcadi Pla i Masmiquel & Núria Pla i Illa
  • Project: Restoration of the house“El Bosquet”
  • Location: Montagut, La Garrotxa, Spain
  • Software used: AUTOCAD 2012

The night area was in the lower level, in an enclosed space. Moreover, the facade composition was developed offering new windows as view frames which valued the astonishing landscape of the valley. At the same time, another layer was gained in the walls and the roof with a great deal of isolation and wood plaques, so that they improved the thermal conditions of the interior. On the whole, we were seeking a seclusion atmosphere in order to observe and enjoy this privileged spot.

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Gretel House by Simon Gill Architects

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Article source: Simon Gill Architects

Gretel (a wire-haired miniature dachshund) found her existing conservatory cold and poorly related to her garden.  This scheme therefore replaces the conservatory with a new extension that fully opens out to her grounds. Her requirement for the possibility of being fed tit-bits of grilled sausages led to the design including a barbeque, which becomes an extension of the side wall to the kitchen/ living area.

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There is an adjacent seat where her owners can sit and pamper her in the sun. The main opening to the extension containing the sliding doors has an outside “raincoat” of brick with a smooth inner lining expressing  the cavity wall and creating a sense of interior comfort.  Bespoke cast stone forms a masonry course over the lintel which resolves the weight of the wall above and emphasizes the openings of the weep holes.  The floor is resin with underfloor heating, providing a comfortable lounging surface that pleasantly warms her tummy.

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102 House in Gliwice, Poland by ZALEWSKI ARCHITECTURE GROUP

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Article source: ZALEWSKI ARCHITECTURE GROUP

Every house should have some secret. This house has more than one. The originality of this home has grown from dreams of its owners. The owners – a pair of 35-year-olds with a limited (but not modest) budget and a cloud of dreams. They are fans … she is keen on  architecture of glass and a person longing for the sun the south and the peace of the night … he is keen on World War II, raw concrete and metal. Opposites attract. They demanded not only a modern house but also a unique emotional experience – a house that would be “their home” – at first sight. It’s a challenge.

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  • Architects:  ZALEWSKI ARCHITECTURE GROUP
  • Project: 102 House in Gliwice
  • Location: Międzyrzecz, Lubuskie, Poland
  • Realization date: concept project
  • Usable area: 140 m2
  • Plot area: 750 m2
  • House style: modern, ground floor (more…)

Tred Avon River House in Easton, Maryland by Robert M.Gurney Architect

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Article source: Robert M.Gurney Architect

Easton, Maryland, located in Talbot County on Maryland’s eastern shore, was established in 1710. Easton remains largely agrarian, with numerous farms interspersed among area’s many waterways.

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  • Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
  • Project: Tred Avon River House
  • Location: Easton, Maryland
  • Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
  • Contractor: Peterson & Collins
  • Interior Designer: (Therese Baron Gurney) Baron Gurney Interiors
  • Landscape Designer : (Lila Fendrick Landscape Architecture) and Garden Design
  • Engineer: (D. Anthony Beale LLC) 8634 Tuttle Road
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie
  • Completed: Fall 2012

Diverging from several acres of cornfields, a one-quarter mile road lined with pine trees terminates at a diamond-shaped tract of land with breathtaking views of the Tred Avon River. Arising from the gravel drive and hedge-lined parking court, this new house is unveiled as three solid volumes, linked together with glass bridges, suspended above the landscape. The central, 36-foot high volume is mostly devoid of fenestration, punctuated only by the recessed 10-foot high entry door and narrow sidelights. The contrasting 12-foot high western volume contains a garage and additional service space, while the eastern volume, floating above grade, contains the primary living spaces.

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After entering the house and passing through one of the glass bridges, the transformation begins. Initially presented as solid and austere, the house unfolds into a 124-foot long living volume, light-filled and wrapped in glass with panoramic views of the river. A grid of steel columns modulates the space. Covered terraces extend the interior spaces, providing an abundance of outdoor living space with varying exposures and views. A screened porch provides an additional forum to experience views of the river, overlooking a swimming pool, located on axis to the main seating group.

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Along with a geothermal mechanical system, solar tubes, hydronic floor heating and a concrete floor slab to provide thermal mass, large overhangs above the terraces prevent heat gain and minimize dependence on fossil fuel. The entire house is elevated four feet above grade to protect against anticipated future flooding.

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The house is crisply detailed and minimally furnished to allow views of the picturesque site to provide the primary sensory experience. The house was designed as a vehicle to experience and enjoy the incredibly beautiful landscape, known as Diamond Point, seamlessly blending the river’s expansive vista with the space.

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9 Jalan Siap in Singapore by ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Article source:  ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

Despite being situated on a relatively low-rise site, 9 Jalan Siap manages to overlook the lush greenery of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

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  • Architects: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
  • Project: 9 Jalan Siap
  • Location: Singapore
  • Team DirectorKurjanto Slamet
  • Team Member: Loh Kah Wai
  • Structural & Civil: E123 Consultants
  • Main Contracto: Littlewoods Design Pte Ltd
  • Completion: 2008

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TREVOX 223 in Hills of Naucalpan, Edo.Mexico by CRAFT Arquitectos

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Architects: CRAFT Arquitectos

The project arises from the idea of reusing existing spaces of a house built more than 40 years and generate a housing with these spaces independently for each family member with the constraint of preserving the essence of the building, trying to have the least number of changes and trying to protect original details which in turn must be integrated into the new project.One of the most important factors involved in the design, is the location of the property, which is located in a gazebo with continuous traffic and is the visual culmination of several avenues, this generates: excessive noise, very little privacy and air stream impacts directly on the main facade of the house. Moreover the project is facing south, what makes summer overheat.

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  • Architects: CRAFT Arquitectos
  • Project: TREVOX 223
  • Location: Hills of Tecamachalco,Naucalpan,Edo.Mexico

This led to our primary need to cover the environmental factor, is create a transitional space between the private area and public areas, without losing connection between these and at the same time will diminish environmental factors. This was achieved with a double façade design to that used bronze glass Reflecta the enormous advantages that this represents, it helps to have a vision outward and in turn limit inward spaces giving privacy to in addition to the use of square-shaped openings that are offsetting the direct effect of the wind, allowing the circulation of the same without directly affecting the internal facade, helps filter over the sun which gives us a comfortable temperature. The outstanding feature of this design is to isolate outside noise and not lose the connection to the same, thanks to this design was created intermediate terraces, binds both contexts and is accessible only from private terraces.

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With respect to the inside, absorbed existing aspects of the program, however, according to the needs of the project was to create new areas on the existing line along the outer limit and give freedom to every part of space, the only significant change was the demolition of the hall, which resulted in two separate blocks that are linked by bridges, resulting favorably creating an indoor garden, which makes vestibular function and connect the locked rooms and turn generate more light and ventilation inside.

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The interior reflects ambient rhythm and harmony, with the use of colors chiaroscuro lighting creates light games to low intensity contrast with the exterior lighting, the resulting project provides the opportunity to experience different ways and spaces where you are.

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House M in Meran (BZ), Italy by monovolume architecture+design

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Article source: monovolume architecture+design

The project M, a residential building in the centre of Meran, is embedded in the quit area of Obermais. The concept of the design was it to play with transparent and solid surfaces what fallows fascinating insights and outlooks. The interior melts together with the outside space. The terrain flows through the building and finds his renewal in the pool- and meadow area. Because of a refined external design and the arrangement of the pool, lawn, garden and house the whole concept seems like a unity with seamless transition. The ground floor follows the slightly sloping ground like a staircase to get a large garden area. Because of engineering technology considerations the building is conceived as a compact volume with one underground and two upper floors. From the construction point of view the house is built as a concrete construction, furnished with upgraded insulation. The glass-facade, door and window elements are executed as 3 layered glazier.

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  • Architects: monovolume architecture+design
  • Project: House M
  • Location: Meran (BZ), Italy
  • Type: Villa
  • Construction: 2011/12
  • Total area: 360 m2
  • Volume: 1.390 m3
  • ClimaHouse: A
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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CASA A-S013 in Locri (RC), Italy by Studio proarch

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Article source:  Studio proarch

The project stems from the need to communicate the entire living area, breaking down the physical barriers between vertical entrance, kitchen and living room in order to obtain a more comprehensive in what is the most experienced of the house. The shades parietal contain two unique contrasting colors: white and gray, so as to emphasize the joints and movements of the shares of the soffit of the slab. The kitchen located in the nucleus of the apartment is non-invasive and sassy, but he relates in a balanced manner with the living room and especially with the entry. The entrance takes a strong character to open space given by the glass wall chosen for its quality scenograficità , elegance and visual permeability.

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A Vacation home on Easter Island in Kaltene, Rojas district, Latvia by Zaigas Gailes Birojs

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Article source:  Zaigas Gailes Birojs

Living house

The original red brick building – a Fish Factory pumping station was built by collective farm Banga engineers in 1980s. Over 20 years since it was built, it has never been exploired. The monument of industrial architecture from the Soviet era was transformed into a vacation home for ourselves.
Transformation of the Pumping Station into a vacation home is an uninvasive conversion of both site and building.

Aerial view of the Vacation home on Easter island, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

  • Architects: Zaigas Gailes Birojs 
  • Project: A Vacation home on Easter Island
  • Location: Kaltene, Rojas district, Latvia
  • Total area: Living house: 798 m2, Bath house: 52 m2
  • Authors: Zaiga Gaile, Maris Gailis, Agnese Sirma
  • Project: Zaigas Gailes Birojs Ltd.
  • Client/Developer: Maris Gailis
  • General contractor: PS Serviss Ltd.
  • Engineers: Construction- Tavs Nams Ltd.,Water supply and sewage; Heating and ventilation – Ardiko projektesana Ltd.,Electricity project- MJ elektro Ltd.,Low intensity current project- Telemaks Ltd.,  Hydrotechnical works – BGS Ltd., Harbour construction works – HT-konsalting Ltd.
  • Project: 2005-2006
  • Building process: 2006-2010

Ruins of fish factory pumping station before conversion to a vacation home, Image Courtesy © Maris Gailis

The original brick walls were preserved and repaired where neccesary. The facade has been insulated and covered with rusted corten steel plates from Ruukki. It was important to us that the square block on the island – for many years, a prominent Kaltene landmark – keep its original reddish tone. The Pump House is opened up on the seaward side. The blind northeast façade is given large, new windows with aluminium frames, like those in the façade facing the shore. The building is no longer a massive block, it becomes open and transparent. In the middle, on both sides, are glass doors of the same dimensions as the windows. All of the tall windows and doors are outfitted with sliding shutters. The shutters, like the cladding of the façade, are made of corten steel plates, but are perforated and mounted on stainless steel frames. Architectural details and landscaping elements such as the gate and the outside lamps are also made of rusted steel. The height of the former pump room (7 m) makes it possible to build mezzanine platforms on steel frames clad with exotic wood (Yatoba) planks.

Night view from the pier , Image Courtesy © Ainars Meiers

The subterranean part of the building has been covered with a reinforced concrete slab to create a basement with a low ceiling. The style of the interior was determined by the industrial origins of the building, as can be seen in the open constructions and the rough, untreated surfaces. The brick external walls have been lightly trowelled with lime mortar and painted white, leaving the texture of the brickwork visible. The partition walls are from aerated concrete blocks trowelled with lime mortar and painted white. The reinforced concrete panels of the ceiling and the supporting beams have been minimally restored and left in their original condition, with only a light wash of concrete paint. The metal telpher that moves along the two load-bearing rails below the ceiling and the blue-tinted rails have simply been washed and coated with furniture wax. The rails, which run from one end of the house to the other, fulfil a number of new functions.The ceiling luminaires along both sides of the house are mounted on these rails. The free-standing wall of shelf units is held upright with the help of a new aluminium truss spanned across the rails. The pulleys for the wires and counterweights supporting the metal hood of the fireplace are also fastened to the rails.

The building has ribbon-shaped foundation on palling. All of the living area floors are heated with water from the ground- source heat pump and clad with exotic wood planks.

Architect Zaiga Gaile at the Entrance door. Facade detail of the perforated corten steel shutters, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

The Bath house-Nautilus

The Bathhouse – the Nautilus – is located on the beach. It resembles the turret of a submarine and is clad with riveted stainless-steel plates. The strange object is an attempt at organic, sculptural expression in architectural form, a perhaps somewhat ironic version of the traditional Latvian bathhouse. We understood that the object would have to be something sculptural – different in form and material from the main house.

Living space with the dining table and kitchen area, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Nautilus has a stainless steel carcass construction, which was created in a warehouse, transportated and put together on site.  The outer plates were clenched to the stainless steel construction.  Plates – 1.5mm thick (Finnish). Between the carcass there is a 20cm thick layer of foam-glass insulation (imported from Germany). Inner wall finish- white plastering. Doors, windows – individual design, made from stainless steel. Heating – electric warm floors. Ventilation – natural. Floor – stainless steel plates. Sauna – electric stove. Finished with asp wooden planks. Outer bath tube is created from individual design in stainless steel with two massage spouts and underwater lightning. Bath water is kept warm with electric heat ~37 degrees. Bath tube has a cover, to keep the water warm, when it is not used. Water is taken from underground drillhole supply. Nautilus was created by individual constructor Dzintars Pliksis, who worked on the site for a year. Nautilus bath house is defined as a design object, and creation of such took a very long time and accurate work. The owner Maris Gailis found the soviet time perescope by putting an add in the internet. The wooden furniture in the interior is of exotic wood Yatoba – the same as in the living house. Lightning objects were taken from ship interior catalogues. Nautilus idea originated during Christmass holiday as a reflection of captain’s Nemo cabin out of Gil Vern’s novel. Young people call it: cosmic architecture. The success lies in the fact that all the work was done very attentively and accurately-a perfect quality.

Lounging area – ‘yurt’ with individually designed mobile fireplace, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Technologies:

The family vacation home  is an environmentally friendly object that is autonomous in regard of heating, ventilation, water supply and sewage. The only exception is electric power, although we had initially hoped to produce power with a wind generator. The idea has been put on hold until government support is made available for individually produced electric power. The buildings are heated with help of a ground- source heat pump that takes energy from an artesian drill hole.

View of the children’s apartment with closed shutters, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Natural air exchange is provided by ventilation ducts in the chimneys of the Pumping Station. The rooms in the basement and the main hall are ventilated through the original pipes of the pumping system installed below the ground level of the island.

Water is drawn from a 70 m deep artesian well located in the beach zone. Sewage is biologically treated. The biological purification tank is buried on the south end of the island, the purified water is drained into the ground.

At the end of the mole is a transformer substation that provides the island with power. Power cables run under the surface of the mole from the transformer station to the basement of the main building. A 32 kW generator has also been installed in the basement to provide electricity in the case of a power failure. The fuel supply is sufficient for seven days.

Master bedroom on mezzazine platform, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Decors:

The name of the area – Easter Island was chosen due to the fact that the owners- Zaiga and Maris Gaili discovered the property on a trip along Kurzeme shoreline on Easter morning. Therefore the design of perforation of the window and door Corten-steel shutters was created based on the original sculptures of the Moai – the stone giants of the original Easter Island, downscaled 1:250 – which appear to be watching each other from opposite shutters.

Architectural details and landscaping elements such as the gate and the outside lamps are also individually designes and made of rusted steel. They look as if they have been there forever, corroded over the years – just like the old water pipes of the Pumping Station, which have an authentic patina.

The bath house ‘Nautilus’ located on private beach behind the vacation house, Image Courtesy © Maija Putnina

Furniture:

The design of the interior is an exercise in contrasts: rough, cool industrial surfaces and perfectly finished, warm wood. The stark element is represented by the crudely finished brickwork walls, the concrete panels, the metal beams, platforms, stairs and railings, the aluminium windows. The contrast is achieved with consistent and abundant use of wood – a style borrowed from the architecture of yachts and ships.

The concept for the furnishings is based on highquality design that has stood the test of time.

View to the open sea from the outdoor bath tub in Nautilus, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Equipment

Kitchen was individually designed and equipped by Bulthaup. It is located on one side of the living area beneath the master apartment balcony. It has an island with installed sink, shelves and wine refrigirator; built-in coffe mashine, ice-maker, microwave, stove and oven. All equipment from Gaggenau.

Exclusive elements

The Vacation house is located on the only artificial island in the Baltic sea.

Given the name of Easter Island due to the Easter Holidays, when it was discovered by the owners.The conversion project anticipates preservation of the island’s landscape and architectural features, these being understood as a monument of Soviet industrial architecture – a token of a bygone time and place. Transformation of the Pumping Station into a vacation home is an uninvasive conversion of both site and building.

Site plan, Image Courtesy © ZaigasGailesBirojs

Additional information

International awards

Vacation Home On Easter Island has been shortlisted in the category House at WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2012, which took place in Singapore from October 3 to 5, 2012,

Project -  Vacation home on Easter Island has been nominated for Mies van der Rohe 2011 award.

Project has won the International Architecture Award 2010 by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design; and been 2009 House of the Year by WAN (World Architecture News) long list finalist.

Ground floor plan, Image Courtesy © ZaigasGailesBirojs

Local awards:

2009    The Best Projects of Latvia 2009 award – A Vacation home on Easter Island, Kaltene, Latvia

Annual award of Latvian Architect Association

2009    Public vote winner 2009 – A Vacation home on Easter Island, Kaltene, Latvia

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2008    The Best Modern Solution in Historical Environment – reconstruction of pump station of experimental factory, Kaltene, Roja disctrict, Latvia

Annual award of Cultural Heritage 2007

2008    The Best Building in Latvia, 2007 in nomination Reconstruction, First Prize – conversion of former fish pumping station to residential house, Kaltene, Roja district, Latvia

Annual award of Latvian Builders Associantion

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