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Grotto in Georgian Bay, Canada by PARTISANS

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Article source: PARTISANS

The blue waters of Lake Huron—located north of Toronto—complement its majestic surroundings and offer a dream-like location for a retreat. A sensual environment, its serene landscape reminds the temporary dwellers of the harmony that exist beyond human possibilities. When PARTISANS team met on site, with a new client for designing and constructing a potential Sauna, they knew that their most prominent challenge was to make a free-standing structure that not only respected, but also matured from the context. Located within the Georgian Bay, the site is a prehistoric large-scale rock formation. Contemplated research was conducted, and through the process a Grotto was set as an inspiration that would inform the design. Grottos, historically, have been known as natural or artificial caves that are embedded deep behind the curvature of streams, and thus discovered by those who would take the time to explore.

Image Courtesy © PARTISANS

Image Courtesy © PARTISANS

  • Architects: PARTISANS
  • Project: Grotto
  • Location: Georgian Bay, Canada
  • Partisans Team: Alexander Josephson, Pooya Baktash, Jonathan Friedman, Shamir Panchal, Ivan Vasyliv, Betty Vuong, Nathan Bishop
  • Client: withheld
  • Contractor: Jordan Construction, Chantler Barging
  • Wood Installation: MCM Inc
  • Engineering: MOSES Inc
  • Glass Systems: AGNORA
  • Sauna Systems: Energy Misers
  • Lighting Consulting: G2J Design Inc

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The Hill Haven in Uttarakhand, India by Mold Design Studio 

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Article source: Mold Design Studio 

Sited on top of a Hill, in Saattal (Hindi for “seven lakes”), miles away from the chaos of the city, The Hill haven is a weekend cottage retreat for an urban Indian multi-generation family. Saattal is a group of seven freshwater lakes near the Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand district of India. Famous for its Oak and Pine trees, the lake sits scenically in the Mehragaon valley

Image Courtesy © Mold Design Studio

  • Architects: Mold Design Studio, Anika Mittal
  • Project: The Hill Haven
  • Location: sattal, Uttarakhand, India
  • Client: Undisclosed
  • Interior designer: Mold Design Studio, Anika Mittal
  • Material Specifications: Brick, concrete, locally available stone used for facade
  • Commencement Date: June 2011
  • Completion Date: Jan 2013
  • Building Area: 1930 sq.ft,
  • Site Area: 250 sq.m ,  2690 sq.ft
  • Cost: Undisclosed

Sekeping Kong Heng in Ipoh, Malaysia by Seksan Design

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: Seksan Design

Sekeping Kong Heng, in the charming old town of Ipoh, is the latest addition to the Sekeping family of retreats. It is located in a 3 storey neo-classical building which also houses a famous coffee shop of the same name on the ground floor that serves great coffee and the best local dishes in town. All effort has been made to preserve as much of the character of the existing building as possible in contrast to the surrounding new architectural interventions. In addition, an extension has been added at the back, tucked away to reveal an inner courtyard with a dramatic stairway to take guests up to their rooms.

Image Courtesy © Rupajiwa Studio

  • Architects: Seksan Design
  • Project: Sekeping Kong Heng
  • Location: Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Photography: Rupajiwa Studio

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House A+B in Paros, Greece by buerger katsota architects

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: buerger katsota architects

The scheme aims at accommodating the different needs of two families on vacation. The single volume of one building is broken into smaller ones, different in height and size, placed freely but in relation to each other resulting into an ensemble. The ensemble is sited upon a solid stone and concrete platform at 80cm above a preserved agricultural field in immediate adjacency to the sea. The site offered dramatic views out to the bay, the sea beyond and the island of Naxos. The ensemble sited within the buildable area designated by the planning laws, looks to exploit the views offered by its location and to orientate all its internal and shaded spaces towards the sea and the spectacular landscape.

Night View (Images Courtesy Dimitris Kalapodas)

  • Architect: buerger katsota architects
  • Project title: House A+B
  • Location: Santa Maria, Paros, Greece
  • Project description: Retreat for two families in the Cyclades
  • Site area: 9,500 m²
  • Total surface area: 430 m²

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Retreat in Michigan by Salmela Architect

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Article source: Salmela Architect

The client’s goal for this retreat was to create a beautiful series of structures and spaces to sustain the environment and family over the long term where relatives and friends will visit, stay and return again and again and the land will be cared for. The 16 acre site is three miles from the Sleeping Bear dunes on Lake Michigan. 10 acres comprise of a field of crops and 6 acres of a tall beech forest touching 290′ of shoreline of this small inland lake. The solution has entailed restoring the field from crop land to native grasses. Walking pathways were created that align and converge with the entry drive into the forest which leads to the dwellings.

Images Courtesy Paul crosby

  • Architect: Salmela Architect
  • Name of Project: Retreat in Michigan
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Client: Yingst family
  • Photographer: Paul crosby
  • Software used: Design was hand drawn and documents produced in AutoCAD.

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The Secular Retreat in South Devon by Peter Zumthor

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

A space dedicated to calm, reflection and perspective, The Secular Retreat is a veritable haven from the pressures of modern life.

In South Devon, between the resorts of Salcombe and Hallsands, lies a landscape of rolling hills, wooded river valleys, patchwork fields and small stone villages. It is here that Zumthor is designing his first project in the UK – The Secular Retreat, a hill-top retreat, where people will be able to go for periods of sustained work and reflection.

The Secular retreat in South Devon

  • Architect: Atelier Peter Zumthor
  • Structural Engineer: Jane Wernick Associates
  • Quantity Surveyors: Boyden Group LLP
  • Location: South Devon, UK
  • Local architectural consultant: David Sheppard
  • Landscape consultant and design: The Rathbone Partnership

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