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At the top level, the residence, the tectonic volume. And the second action: to get the most of the existing views, the residence is distributed under a continuous roof (81 meters), constituted by a reinforced concrete portico.
This portico sets the residence´s built volume. And the residence is distributed under the roof, according the needs of each space: access , recreation area, kitchen, living room, bedrooms. The existing views guide the various openings: from every room one sees the mountains.
The main entrance is marked by a void at the beginning of the portico. From there, different occupations under the cover create the enclosed areas (sauna, kitchen and bedrooms) and the opened ones (porches). These opened spaces are extended over the gallery coverage through a large deck, a pool and garden areas. via
Despite the mix of the existing concrete structure with the new additions and the complex inner core (dubbed the “showcase”), the exterior of the building is read as a whole. The structural “X” of the glass panels on the facade break the monotony of the box on the outside, contrasting with the mirror like finish of the volume on top.
The “showcase” fills the central void with a mirror finish that turns the volume into a sculpture (as seen on the photos and on the showcase elevations below), while housing different programs that benefit from the arrange of the boxes, such as the auditorium, meeting rooms and showrooms.
Dalian Preschool – China
Architects: Debbas Architecture
Location: Dalian, China
Client: YIDA Group
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Debbas Architecture
Ok, I admit it, this is definitely interesting, but I don’t know… a kindergarten? Does this shape get to you to think about a preschool? Although this unique project benefits from the collaborative expertise and design criteria from two early childcare professionals: the International Child Resource Institute (ICRI) based in the United States and Kinderland based in Singapore, the final result is somewhat disputable. “Combining the highest standards in the world with the complex local requirements of China, the program and resulting architecture offers children one of the most unique and comprehensive environments for learning and subsequently flourishing as individuals.”
Architects: Tetsuya Nakazono / naf architect & design
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Engineer: Kenji Nawa / NAWAKENJI-M
Site area: 172.55 sqm
Building area: 61.38 sqm
Total floor area: 114.50 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano / Nacasa & Partners
The construction site is located in a district where many traditional sake breweries preserve good old Japanese street with plaster and charred cedar walls. In winter, during sake brewing season, a cloud of steam comes out from red brick chimneys of the breweries and the scent of sake wafts in the air. “Charred Cedar House” stands in such neighborhood.
Architect: Bates Masi Architects
Location: Amagansett, NY, USA
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca
Contractor: Paul Masi
Project Year: 2002
Photographs: Christopher Wesnofske
She started out by creating a list of the things she loves. What she produced seemed at first daunting and random: “natural light, fireplaces, barbecues, spending time with family/friends, a blanketing snowfall and the resulting silence…”. Through discussing the particulars of each item individually, the architect and his wife discovered how the change of the seasons played an important role in the way they live their lives. The active couple gleaned inspiration for their home from their experience of a nearby lake. The same body of water they would kayak on in the summer is re-invigorated each year anew when it freezes over in the winter for ice-skating. Just as the routine of one activity begins to lose its allure, it is replaced by the newness of another. They wanted their home to have the same flexibility and range both in its use of space and in its details that would interact with the environment and evolve over time.