Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi (Turin, Italy)
The client decides to leave his nice apartment downtown Torino to move his family to his hometown, restoring a big shed, little more than a roof in ruins, adjacent to the little house he restored with his wife in the years after their wedding. It is a long-time dream, for which he is eager to invest most of his resources. After interviewing several architects, he asks MARC to design a special house, irrational, for his whole life. MARC decides to accept this responsibility with the client’s same honesty and passion.
MARC. HOUSE IN MATHI. Transformation of a few barns into a house/studio and more, Mathi, Turin, Italy (photo: Beppe Giardino)
Located on Mount Kamakura, this site boasts a stunning view overlooking Sagami Bay. The clients, a husband-and-wife couple who had been living in a high-rise condominium in downtown Tokyo, fell in love with the location at first sight, taking an instant liking to the view and the lush green surroundings, and decided to move here. The husband is a keen architecture buff who went on architectural tours throughout Europe to see buildings while he was working in the UK, and decided to commission a new residence with an attached workshop for his wife. Accordingly, we decided to create a modern piece of architecture whose every detail would convey a uniquely Japanese aesthetic to the international guests who would visit.
The house rises on the mountainside and is surrounded by a forest. Six skipping floors, each of them has different purpose, are planned alongside the slope. Each floor is designed to be homogenous, but only the position of the windows is designed randomly on each floor to allow you to have different views of the forest. As you go upper floors, space on each floor stays homogenous, but view of the forest on each floor, changes like root of trees on lower floors, trunks on middle floors and top of trees on upper floors. In other word, the space on each floor is differentiated by relationship with height of the forest. The atmosphere in the house changes as you move from floor to floor on which you experience each time a different outside environment.
The project consisted in the transformation of an old office into an apartment. Situated on the top floor of a building in Avenida Rodrigo da Fonseca, the original space, with no interest, had very little light, punctuated only by small openings at the top of the walls. The entire interior was demolished, leaving only the structural elements.
The underside of the roof forms large planes of tilted enclosure areas, strongly felt by anyone standing in the new spaciousness; the few vertical surfaces merging with the tilting planes forming a unified canopy above the completely open floor area.
The roof space itself has now emerged to become a space with individuality and character. The before and after of this space have become worlds apart. Before, tiny, dark, claustrophobic boxes – after, now, an expanse of space and light with space to breathe, respecting an earlier tradition of one roof, one space.
Situed on a very small piece of land, the project has been enriched by the resistance from the site to the elements of the mission brief. First of all, this « family crèche » is a living space where the children thrive and a workplace for the staff. The building is the set for this environment in every aspects and needs but also in its poetical dimension.
Coworking is a versatile meeting, communicating and workbench table system providing modern workplaces. The layout of the tables demonstrates a thoughtful approach to the floor plan and generates this way a functional network. The scheme is centered on the provision of small work units for self employed and studios; obviously sharing tables and space with others. “Pto de contato” is a platform of experimentation, a deliberate contrast to usual offices, offering huge tables and informal spaces for sharing.
Front View (Images Courtesy Marcelo Scandaroli /aU magazine)
A new, iconic building for Montpellier, housing three government department – emerging as a ‘tree of knowledge’ with three institutions unified within a single envelope – archive department located at its solid base, library, sports department and offices at its top, where the structure bifurcates and becomes lighter.
Client: Département de l’Hérault, Le President Andre Vezhinet
Status: Under Construction
Area: 28,500 m2m2
Design: Zaha Hadid
Project Architect: Stephane Hof
Competition Team: Thomas Vietzke, Achim Gergen, Martin Henn, Christina Beaumont, Yael Brosilovski, Lorenzo Grifantini, Carlos Fernando Perez, Helmut Kinzler, Viggo Haremst, Christian Ludwig, Selim Mimita, Flavio La Gioia, Nina Safainia
Design Team: Joris Pauwels, Philipp Vogt, Rafael Portillo, Jaime Serra, Renata Paim Tourinho Dantas, Melissa Fukumoto, Jens Borstelman, Kane Yanegawa, Loreto Flores, Edgar Payan, Lisamarie Villegas Ambia, Karouko Ogawa, Stella Nikolakaki, Hon Kong Chee, Caroline Andersen, Judith Reitz, Olivier Ottevaere, Achim Gergen, Daniel Baerlecken, Yosuke Hayano, Martin Henn, Rafael Schmidt, Daniel Gospodinov, Kia Larsdotter, Jasmina Malanovic, Ahmad Sukkar, Ghita Skalli, Elena Perez, Andrea B. Caste, Lisa Cholmondeley, Douglas Chew, Larissa Henke, Steven Hatzellis, Jesse Chima, Adriano De Gioannis, Simon Kim, Stephane Carnuccini, Samer Chamoun, Ram Ahronov, Ross Langdon, Ivan Valdez, Yacira Blanco, Marta Rodriguez, Leonardo Garcia, Sevil Yazici, Hussam Chakouf, Marie-Perrine Placais, Monica Noguero, Naomi Fritz, Stephanie Chaltiel.
The quality of the site, both symbolic and architectural, leads us to propose a building organized around an interior garden ; while preserving the site unity. We make the most of the authorized outline to propose a building with a simple construction principle and rational organization, while maintaining the garden’s qualities. All the laboratories and offices are turned to the garden thanks to the gallery distribution system under the hull south facade (it allows on one hand an optimal control of the temperature, and secondly, the precise frame on the surrounding urban elements).
Haarlem’s pop music venue consists of a foyer and a large auditorium stacked on top of a smaller one so that the program fits neatly into the designated space. An internal street for loading and unloading runs through the building and activity there is fully visible to visitors. This is appropriate for a cultural institution such as this where, other than in the theatre or concert hall, there is no strict separation between front and back stage. Here, a night out means more than just attending a concert and for this reason, emphasis is placed on the visual relationships and routes through the building.