2I4E House (2017) by P+0 Architecture + David Pedroza Castañeda

2I4E House (2017) by P+0 Architecture + David Pedroza Castañeda

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2I4E House (2017) by P+0 Architecture + David Pedroza Castañeda located in Santa Catarina, Mexico | The Hardt

 

2I4E House (2017) by P+0 Architecture + David Pedroza Castañeda located in Santa Catarina, Mexico. A weekend house for a couple was set out in a wooden terrain with descending topography. The best views are located a few meters from the access, in the same place where a dip, that testifies the occasional passing of important quantities of water across the land, is situated. It is right there where we decided to set the house to facilitate the access as well as minimize the presence of the construction in the landscape. The original proposal was a bridge-house where a large volume, suspended over a ravine will connect the two stone garages supported on 3 points: the guest’s room, the staircase, and the grill area. A series of economic blows challenged the bridge project, however, the owner’s strong will to make the house a reality, even if it was just a part, did not give away.

 

A minimum version of the project that can grow over time is then proposed. The bridge volume is left for a second phase and the project includes only the construction of the 2 blocks for the bedrooms. The generous master bedroom becomes the living-dining room; the closet turns into the kitchen and the guest´s room becomes the new master bedroom. To achieve a congruent built volume these 2 interiors (2I) are proposed as simple and independent elements placed one on top of the other. The connections between them and the relationship with the surroundings generate 4 outdoor spaces (4E) to enjoy the landscape. 

 

The lower volume consists of a bedroom facing the forest, with a bathroom in the background. It is a semi-underground volume whose apparent concrete walls generate the garage on the upper floor. On these walls, a staircase is suspended from the garage giving access to the bedroom. The entrance is through the first of the exterior spaces: a patio crowned with a tree, limited by a series of walls that allow it to be treated as a small plaza. The upper volume contains a small living and dining room, a kitchen open towards the social spaces and a full bathroom that will allow the volume to function as a bedroom in the future. The block moves to the west to generate an access and remains suspended over the bedroom creating, on the lower floor, a second outdoor space: a covered terrace protected by the shade of the magnificent pine tree and cedars surrounding. 

 

 

The roof of the bedroom, which leads to the north towards the forest, generates a third open space: a small solarium which is accessed through the huge window that demarcates the room. To the south, a second staircase to access the rooftop is suspended from the house social volume. This fourth outer space allows enjoying the most impressive views of the land. The house resolves almost all the interior surfaces with natural concrete. The structural elements such as banked beams, retaining walls and stairs were left apparent; the polystyrene beam and vault roof, as well as the insulating panel loading walls, are flattened with a fine, polished finish. The floors were made also in concrete generating a neutral and clean aesthetic that underlines the beauty of the landscape.

 

The exterior spaces attached to the ground, such as the garage and the terraces of the bedroom, are resolved in local stone in a rustic finish. The solariums on top of the bedroom and rooftop use a polished concrete finish. The sober and pure materiality cleanses indoors and outdoors underlining the beauty of the landscape and converting it into the theme of the spaces. Nature activates the project, not only by framing it and creating contrast but by making the neutral volumes the surface where the shadows of a large number of trees encircling the house project, adding life to these small pieces that converse with the surroundings with small contemplation points. The relation between interiors and exteriors establishes a new dialog with the woods and the mountains.

 

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House A (2018) by Alexis Dornier

House A (2018) by Alexis Dornier

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House A (2018) by Alexis Dornier located in Ubud, Indonesia | The Hardt

 

House A (2018) by Alexis Dornier located in Ubud, Indonesia. The linear 4 story arrangement counteracts the steep slope of the site by becoming a bridge house. The central theme of the ensemble is combining two architectural expressions: the idea of a romantic ruin, strongly connected to the ground, and a light, fading, transparent structure holding a series of roofs-two images working with and against each other. The master deck is crowning the structure, continuing through a double height exterior living space. The silhouette is a sequence of five roofs of different lengths. Linear skylights and linear gaps between the roofs complete a play of bar code like light play, changing as the sun is making its way from east to west.

 

 

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Residence EC by AM30 Architecture Workshop + Stephane Arriola

Residence EC by AM30 Architecture Workshop + Stephane Arriola

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Residence EC by AM30 Architecture Workshop + Stephane Arriola located in Atemajac de Brizuela, México | The Hardt

 

Residence EC by AM30 Architecture Workshop + Stephane Arriola located in Atemajac de Brizuela, México. The land lies on the outskirts of the town, in a densely wooded area and sloping with views of the surrounding mountains. The architecture of the region is deeply rooted in traditional construction methods and the materials of the region influenced the way the spaces were constructed. The EC residence takes advantage of these cultural traits and adapts them to the needs of the family. The main objective was that the house should meet the minimum necessary of the terrain, allowing at the same time to be in constant relation with the immediate landscape. We decided to adapt to the natural elements of the terrain, dividing the program into different volumes, locating them around the existing pines. The three volumes that surround the circulation nucleus constitute the main house. The volume destined to the visits is composed by two forms of delimit a central patio, functioning as circulation square, in addition to linking the front and back of the land.

 

 


 

The ground floor adapts to the terrain creating different levels and the interior patios illuminate the spaces creating atmospheres with unique characteristics. Through the main social areas of the ground floor, a visual axis was respected to facilitate communication between spaces.  The solid wood floors create a continuous surface that extends the interior spaces to the decks, reinforcing the interaction with the exterior spaces. Metallic formwork pieces were designed to accelerate the process of building the stone walls that form the outer walls. Our goal was to create the union of the timeless with the modern, the place with the universal, the outskirts with the city, in a weekend house in the middle of the forest. 

 

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Crescent House (2013) by Andrew Burns Architect

Crescent House (2013) by Andrew Burns Architect

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Crescent House (2013) by Andrew Burns Architect located in Sydney, Australia | The Hardt

 

Crescent House (2013) by Andrew Burns Architect located in Sydney, Australia. ‘Crescent House’ is the first in an annual series of temporary pavilions to be installed at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington, Sydney. The aim of this ‘Fugitive Structures’ program is to engage a wide audience with architectural thought. Two arcs are set within an apparently simple rectilinear form. The arcs bisect, creating a pair of infinitely sharp points and a threshold to the space beyond. This combination of fragility and robustness seeks to charge the conversations within the space with a particular quality. Slide thru TheHardt.com to check the rest of the project. Link. Bio. Click. The #homedesign #homedecor #courtyard #australia #australian

 

 

The structure has an ambiguous presence; between architecture and art object. Through framing, it transforms an ordinary rose apple hedge into a landscape of beauty. The pavilion responds to elemental themes; darkness and light, the wonder offered by the night sky and the burnt quality of yaki-sugi (charred cedar) recalling the presence of bushfires on this continent. The pavilion and has been initiated and supported by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN Donovan Hill, Andrew Cameron Family Foundation and the Nelson Meers Foundation.

 

 

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Infinity by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

Infinity by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

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Infinity by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners situated in Baleares, Spain | The Hardt

 

Infinity by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners situated in Baleares, Spain. The 6,458 ft² (600 m²) house takes up its position, back facing the other houses, and simply embraces the entire horizon. The architect has limited terrain to work on. The trick, however, is to release all the emotions of the place: opening or splitting, reflecting infinity. Space and time are two infinite things that pass us by. Architecture, however, enables us to model space and set time, like a sundial. It can also embody a third infinite thing: beauty.

 

 

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Árborg House (2010) by PK Arkitektar

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Árborg House (2010) by PK Arkitektar situated in Árborg, Iceland | The Hardt

 

Árborg House (2010) by PK Arkitektar situated in Árborg, Iceland. The 2,755 ft² ( 256 m²) vacation home lies two hours to the east of Reykjavík, on the banks of Hvítá in the spectacular landscape of Iceland. The site is a moss-covered hill with a view over a quiet bend in the glacier-formed river. In the spring, the river carries straggling icebergs from the glacier towards the sea some 100 km away. The approach to the vacation house is from the top of the hill. The building is organized as a sequence of events: from the entrance porch through the closed courtyard into the living space and at last, out onto the terrace. Living, dining, kitchen, and master bedroom are all arranged in one continuous room. This permits panoramic views of the river and the distant mountains to the west. The exterior is a broken surface of light grey, fair-faced concrete. The gravel from the riverbed is blended into the concrete and is revealed in the broken surface. It harmonizes the outside walls with the moss of the surrounding landscape.

 

 

Leftover moss from the footprint of the house covers the roof. It was kept aside and regularly nursed during the building process, before being reinstalled on the roof. Doors and terraces are clad with teak boards that will gradually weather to a color grade to match the seasonal moss and the broken concrete surface. Fair-faced concrete walls throughout the entire interior are matched with untreated teak boards on floors and ceilings. Selected pebbles from the nearby riverbed cover the bottom of the infinity pool. The pool projects out in front of the terrace, acting as a non-obstructive railing, complementing the view of the river 

 

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