Play of covered/uncovered – in/out – full/void spaces was the main idea in designing this holiday retreat – the idea of a simple stroke, a swing of form that can enrich a functional and aesthethic vision.
The brief was to design a family house on a north facing triangular promontory, overgrown with pine and blueberry bushes, covered with large boulders. The first sketches were made in 2010 and were put on hold until 2013. The project was completed in 2015.
Connected with the water front in all directions; except on one side, due to the risk of flooding.
We wanted to take advantage of the site’s unique conditions and make a dwelling with maximum contact with the surrounding nature and water but with respect to privacy.
Villa zone is located at a center of Food Villa Market Ratchapruek, Bangkok. This 2-story steel structure is set to be a transition point between parking and market. The elevation is developed from farmer houses and agricultural character in Thailand, focusing on the harmony of neighborhood building.
Julian and his wife, Mana, a fashion designer, chose the 3,500 sq ft, five-storey house they have now been living in for 18 months for its stunning views over the country park, Plover Cove Reservoir and the South China Sea.
“It is a famous feng shui area because you can see three ‘dishes’ of water – the reservoir and the sea on either side of an island – which is a sign of very good fortune. There are green mountain views and we can also see the Kwun Yum [statue] from our rooftop on a clear day,” says Chan. “I love it because we are so close to nature – you can hear the birds sing during the day and the insects whistling at night. One of our priorities was the private glass-fronted terrace [with water wall] so we could take advantage of our natural environment.”
Andreas Hummel completed an L-shapped three-bedroom villa in 2014. That villa is spotted in the west coast bay of Santa Ponsa, in the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
The plot in which is based the house is 1.148 square-meters. The entrance of the plot is made on the high side. The plot has an uneven ground, adapting the house to the ground level when is required till reaching the swimming pool and always opening to the sea views.
The project was awarded to us by a family leaving in Athens keen on a new country house in the Arcadian Landscape.
Design started mid-2012 and work on site was completed at the end of 2014.
It all started as a simple snapshot; At a very steep site with clear view towards the sea a holiday retreat protects its inhabitants from the sun heat and the strong winds while soothing the senses under the moonlight.
We have placed the building at the only available naturally formed plateau of the site in order to avoid unnecessary groundworks that could spoil the relief.
This is a concept commisioned us by a firm prefabricated wood houses for its “houses catalog”. How can we design an house without knowing where? Where is the best view? Where is going the sun ? we alaways hated the “catalog house” as such but, in any case, we’ve try to solve the problem. The traditional house programm, living and sleeping area distinct and separated on different floors, was conceptualized by making truly independent the two functional areas that in effect have different priorities. The living area should be alaways facing to the best view while the bedroom’s floor , upstairs, may also look beyond the usual conventional views, provided the roof are always facing south to capture maximum solar energy. Obviously the house is not moving, we have simply created a concept model that provides different possible configurations / versions as result of the interaction with the environment. Each location/environment creates a different version, unique and integrated into the landscape because it’s this context that generated it. At the same time, each version was made by “choices” of future users. From very traditional aesthetic to extremly modern not necessarily following the orientation rules. So the result, the house also represent the personality of those who will inhabit. The context, of which even people are part, is, in any case, the input to shape this house.
A small house that wants to be big. A small footprint and simple construction means low cost. That’s the idea when we set about designing a house for a young couple on a site surrounded by other single-family homes on the west side of Gothenburg.