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U-House by Kubota Architect Atelier located in Yamaguchi, Japan

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U-House by Kubota Architect Atelier located in Yamaguchi, Japan | The Hardt

 

U-House by Kubota Architect Atelier located in Yamaguchi, Japan. The space is designed to be an open living area, for a family of four. The open floor plan includes living area on the first floor and the bedrooms on the second floor which appears to float in midair. The concrete interior gives the space a sterile feel while still providing a warmer than expected vibe for the space. Kubota Architect Atelier is one of the preeminent architecture firms in Japan, and are well known for their minimalist aesthetic in most of their designs. 

 

 

Photos by James Silverman & Shigeo Ogawa

 

 

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FU House by Kubota Architect Atelier located in Japan

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FU House by Kubota Architect Atelier located in Shunan, Japan | The Hardt

 

FU House by Kubota Architect Atelier located in Shunan, Japan. Peace and privacy were met with insulated outer walls as well as a long terrace with a shallow pool surrounded by solid white walls. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors provide for optimized indoor-outdoor flow.  Inside, the multi-storeyed living space was constructed around adaptability and flexibility. “Light and shadow are restlessly ambiguous and abstracts are wind and water. Three pieces of white slab, each folded into an L-shape, are inserted three-dimensionally into this ever-changing environment.

 

 

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Limantos Residence by Fernanda Marques Associated Architects located in São Paulo, Brazil

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Limantos Residence by Fernanda Marques Associated Architects located in São Paulo, Brazil | The Hardt

 

Limantos Residence by Fernanda Marques Associated Architects located in São Paulo, Brazil. The lines of this house, built in a very steep plot in São Paulo – evoke the rationalist architecture of Mies van der Rohe. He is known, among others, for the German pavilion built in Barcelona to host the 1929 World Exhibition, which is still open at the foot of Montjuïc. Here, as there, it is all about simple geometry. The same integration dynamic, based on extensive use of glass. The same desire for permanent mingling with the landscape and feeling close to the water. In addition to a definite attachment to the materials that are considered essential in architecture’s vocabulary: concrete and steel. Bearing in mind the distance of almost a century, it is not surprising that the prevailing theme that joins the two buildings is transparency. The idea of opening up the house to its surrounding space to better capture the light and create spectacular views for the occupants from different points of view. Once the rooms were laid out, however, all the rest, according to Fernanda, was a matter of articulating the spaces well around the key elements. “At the entrance, for instance, is a water mirror that overflows by the entrance steps. The yellow wall that transverses the whole building houses the guest loo, kitchen, pantry, and service stairs”, she explains.

 

 

Another focal point, the spiral staircase, provides access to the mezzanine, where the media room, the fitness room, and the balcony, with its fireplace, are. The lower floor is the family area and contains a playroom and three suites. Entrance to the master suite is via a wide hallway, which opens up to the two bathrooms, his and hers – and the walk-in closet. The living area is linked to the dining room by a glazed circulation area, which integrates a deck, infinite-border swimming-pool, and lateral garden. The dining area opens up directly to the outside. So, almost entirely enclosed by glazed panels, the house seems to be immersed in the surrounding landscape. But this does not mean the architect left out a sense of warmth that is proper to a family home. “I chose, for the interior, to create more introspective sceneries, based on indirect lighting, especially in the living room, with its double-height ceiling – and by using warmer finishes, such as wood. After all, a house has to look like a home”

 

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Russet Residence by Splyce Design located in West Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Russet Residence by Splyce Design located in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. The 4,300-square-foot home was built in 2013 and isTucked into the hill, the front of the house is deceptively modest in scale, set off by the large mature cedar that anchors the front yard. This project is located in West Vancouver on a steep site with mature cedar and douglas fir to the west and an ocean view to the south. The house responds to these conditions by nestling itself into the hill while also projecting out over it to maximize views and connectivity to the landscape. Due to its proximity to the rugged and sloping creekside bank to the west, the house was subject to strict environmental and geotechnical conditions, including a required setback from the top of the bank that pushed the building’s foundation eastwards. The resultant footprint was awkwardly narrow, so to gain back valuable space, a portion of the main and upper floor is cantilevered back out past the foundation, allowing the native creekside vegetation to grow up, under and around as an uninterrupted, wild, forest floor.

 

 

This reclamation of space is clearly pronounced in the dining room, where it projects fifteen feet out past the concrete foundation wall. By eliminating window frames and extending the glazing panels on all three sides of the room, past the floor and ceiling planes, the space dissolves into the adjacent forest canopy and provides framed views through to the ocean beyond. Tucked into the hill, the front of the house is deceptively modest in scale, set off by the large mature cedar that anchors the front yard. The topography of the site reveals itself as one descends the exterior stairs adjacent to the forest and follows the exposed concrete wall to the main entry. Continuing through to the interior, the wall rises up seventeen feet to help frame the bright circulation volume, with stairs leading to the upper floor and down to the main living spaces. From this space, one gains an understanding and orientation of the home in relation to the site, its topography, and movement of the sun across the building by way of the wall-to-wall skylight above. Subtle hints of views to the sky, ocean, and forest are suggested from this vantage point but it’s not until one moves deeper into the house when

 

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Forest House by Chris Tate located in Auckland suburb of Titirangi, New Zealand

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Forest House by Chris Tate located in Auckland suburb of Titirangi, New Zealand | The Hardt

 

Forest House by Chris Tate located in Auckland suburb of Titirangi in New Zealand. Architect Chris Tate’s Forest House is a modular glass structure perched in the branches of the densely forested hills of the Auckland suburb of Titirangi in New Zealand. This is a residence that Tate uses himself as a weekend getaway retreat which has very little site impact. The glass home is tucked away in a deep ravine, which stands out with its flat black roof punctuated by four glass skylights with a slender set of wooden stairs snaking down next to it. The staircase leads to a small outcrop of decking in front of the home’s entryway. From the entrance, the house can be seen for what it is, a glass box perched amidst the bush with nothing around it except for massive trees.

 

 

 

The concept of the design was to focus more on the environment than on the house. This is particularly emphasized by the striking puriri tree that angles out from the bank and curves around the side of the house. The house has been designed around the curve of the trunk, using it as a main focal point. Nothing has been disturbed in this environment, there are no concrete foundations or retaining walls, and it feels more like a camping retreat, where Tate has deliberately not installed a TV, dishwasher or microwave. The steep site was a challenge for the builders, yet no excavating was necessary on the sight, not even leveling. All the trees were enclosed in scaffolding to protect them and then 16 poles were entrenched into the earth, with the house constructed upon them. The home was designed with a minimalist approach, with no hidden storage spaces in the living area, but the study, bedroom, and bathroom provide the perfect amount of comfortable living for two. The bedroom area is at the opposite end of the house up against the bank. Along with this wall is a floor to ceiling curtain that conceals open shelving and wardrobes. Tate’s home is dominated by a black and white color palette and many elements inside the home have a botanical theme, such as the upholstery.

 

 

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The Pulitzer Arts Foundation by Tadao Ando located in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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The Pulitzer Arts Foundation by Tadao Ando located in St Louis, Missouri, USA | The Hardt

 

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation by Tadao Ando located in St. Louis, Missouri, USA is Japanese master Tadao Ando’s very first freestanding public commission in the United States, completed in 2001. Since August 2014, the original building has been undergoing a makeover, in consultation with Ando, to accommodate the foundation’s growing needs. Responding to an increasing demand for space, the new project includes a significant expansion of the foundation’s gallery area. Arranged within the building’s lower level, two major new display spaces, which previously hosted offices and storage, will now be part of the institution’s exhibitions and activities program, aimed to engage the wider public and local community. These new spaces increase the foundation’s program capacity by a striking near-fifty percent. At the same time, the organization (previously known as The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts) relaunches under a new name ‘to emphasize [its] institutional vision’. This is the building’s first major alteration since its completion in the early noughties. And Ando’s skillful redesign is focusing on more than just increasing floor space; a new, additional staircase will support movement through the building and help with visitor flow, perfecting both circulation and visitor experience within the new and old parts.

 

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