In the vast rural fields south of Montreal, a new residence takes root. Like a fieldstone unveiled amongst the furrows of a ploughed field, a stratified monolith of slate emerges from the earth. Eroded, sculpted and fragmented by time and the forces of nature, this mineral formation becomes the pedestal upon which new life is anchored.
The highest value of the plot is a wonderful view stretching out. The idea was for the house to become its framework that crops it. The most appropriate building turned out to be a fully open on mountain landscape one-storey building, which gives the same view to all of the interiors.
The focal point of the project is a concrete waffle shaped roof, which sits aloft the new living area. Its pre-fabricated peaks and troughs create trenches for rooftop planting, softening the volume, establishing a connection with the leafy surroundings and creating pleasing views from the floors above. From the garden, the roof trenches are out of sight, giving the immediate effect of a simple concrete slab, which contrasts with the texture of the original building.
The ring out of this valley is not changed, it’s the same silent which someone heard long ago, long before your passing.
Nothing ever happens here. But if you have patience when you stopping, you can understand how the atmosphere you breathe in this place is ancient, it’s chimes in ethereal way. It’s the architecture who is talking about this.
You can see, towards valley, the bell tower and the historic tower and between them the castle walls. The space between them has something pleasantly melancholy.
The four courtyard-houses are located on a hilly plot on the top of the settlement area of Zumikon/Switzerland. The typology of the courtyard-house is a reaction to the strict building regulations of the community, which unable a concentration of the living areas.
It was difficult and diligent work, but as a result we’ve got incredibly charming and soulful house. The original building has neither roof nor finishing, also a part of foundation was absent. We had to work very hard over the architecture of the building and the landscape. The result is a two-storey house of 240 sq m with three bedrooms, dining and living area, a kitchen, a lounge on the first floor, two bathrooms, laundry room and the furnace. The customer wanted to divide a whole space into several functional areas. The lion’s share of the first floor was taken by the living room, where we also organized a dining area. The ceiling height was really a problem, but at the same time, it was the starting point for the entire home concept. We decided to set the rhythm with wooden beams on the ceiling, which helped not only visually stretch the space, but also create the necessary comfort. A fireplace became a beautiful decoration of the living room. We used marble to cover the fireplace. Dining area is located near the window. We intentionally abandoned a textile to open a panoramic courtyard view. Laconic and functional kitchen is separated by a system of sliding panels that reflecting a light. Also there is a comfortable zone for breakfast, which has become a favorite place of the customer. A slate tiles is practical and aesthetic solution for the walls in the kitchen and hallway. We put down the sills to let a light in, what has visually raised the ceiling. On the first and second floor we have made spacious halls with a gallery on the first and work place on the second one.
Nowadays, more and more people in metropolis prefer living solitary rather than with their families. The concept of “home” is gradually becoming independent from the concept of “family” and becoming more related with public space. In consequence, commercial space will gradually become the other home of urban citizens. Trying to become a breakthrough of traditional retail space arrangement, this design combines the function of beauty, leisure and communication to meet the need of above-‐mentioned modern lifestyle.
Renovation of tenements in Nanluoguxiang. The small house is the home of three generations, five people. We don’t want the intimate feeling in this family disappear, and to create individual space for every member at the same time. Therefore, the basic concept is to provide each person a relative private living space, but to keep the opportunity of interpersonal communicating in details.
The site is located on the Northern part of Thailand, approximately 1,200 meters above sea level. An outback terrain area has no electricity, water supply, or even other buildings nearby. There is only an agricultural space for native.
The commission began in a private competition, in which our office was selected not by a particular project, but by the attitude showed to the clients to build a maximum house with a very small budget in a plot with a very sharp slope. And not least, the involvement and commitment, perhaps beyond any logical reason, to propose successive approximations to the project (up to five preliminary projects and a full executive project with its visa) before the final solution.