Monumenta 2011 in Paris / France, Anish Kapoor

Monumenta 2011 in Paris / France, Anish Kapoor

 

Monumenta 2011 in Paris / France, internationally renowned artist Anish Kapoor has created a truly monumental work called Leviathan | The Hardt

 

 

 

 

For Monumenta 2011 in Paris / France, internationally renowned artist Anish Kapoor has created a truly monumental work called Leviathan. Kapoor created a space within the space of the Grand Palais. “Visitors will be invited to walk inside the work, to immerse themselves in color, and it will, I hope, be a contemplative and poetic experience” (Anish Kapoor). Video by Christophe Ecoffet.

 

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Casa dos Claros (2015) by Contaminar Arquitectos

Casa dos Claros (2015) by Contaminar Arquitectos

Casa dos Claros (2015) by Contaminar Arquitectos located in Leiria, Portugal | The Hardt

 

 

Casa dos Claros (2015) by Contaminar Arquitectos located in Leiria, Portugal. This 2,260 ft² (210 m²) house is located in a small-scale chaotic urban area, surrounded by greenhouses and cropland. Occupying the entirety of the space, the house itself represents the borders of the plot, living around small patios. These in turn provide privacy and transport the user to a different type of space with a more introspective atmosphere, creating a composition of occupied and empty spaces on the plan and elevations.

 


 

The general geometry of the house, which appears to be rigid, is interrupted by circular openings that afford a poetic aspect to the spaces. The various axes are based on a 3,5×3,5 meters grid, organizing and providing discipline to space. In the center there is a patio that extends to the basement, delineating the separation of the social and private areas on the upper floor. In the more private area, another patio separates the suite from the other rooms. Adjacent to the kitchen is a third patio lined with sucupira wood, interacting with the exterior and creating a permeating effect between the inside and outside spaces. The same effect is achieved with the suite patio, as the spaces are hybrid, distinct and comfortable.

 

 

The two central patios of the house converge through a unique garden space in the basement, interacting with the gym space and a social space. Part of this garden extends to a mid-floor level and creates the separation between another patio and the basement, reserved for more technical functionalities. The basement space is characterized by the presence of concrete and zenith lighting, creating a more dramatic atmosphere. The two central patios of the house converge through a unique garden space in the basement, interacting with the gym space and a social space. Part of this garden extends to a mid-floor level and creates the separation between another patio and the basement, reserved for more technical functionalities. The basement space is characterized by the presence of concrete and zenith lighting, creating a more dramatic atmosphere.

 

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

 


 

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House on the Cliff by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

House on the Cliff by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

House on the Cliff by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos located in Alicante, Spain | The Hardt

 

Teaser trailer. House on Cliffside by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos from Fran Silvestre Arquitectos on Vimeo

 

House on the Cliff by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos located in Alicante, Spain. Due to the steepness of the plot and the desire to contain the house in just one level, a three-dimensional structure of reinforced concrete slabs and screens adapting to the plot’s topography was chosen, thus minimizing the earthwork. This monolithic, stone-anchored structure generates a horizontal platform from the accessing level, where the house itself is located. The swimming-pool is placed on a lower level, on an already flat area of the site. The concrete structure is insulated from the outside and then covered by a flexible and smooth white lime stucco. The rest of the materials, walls, pavements, the gravel on the roof… all maintain the color, respecting the traditional architecture of the area, emphasizing it and simultaneously underlining the unity of the house.

 

 

© Diego Opazo

 


 

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Casa Finisterra by Steven Harris Architects

Casa Finisterra by Steven Harris Architects

Situated in the resort-community of Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Casa Finisterra by Steven Harris Architects | The Hardt

 

Situated in the resort-community of Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Casa Finisterra by Steven Harris Architects. The outline for this 6,000 ft² (557m²) home neglecting the Pacific Ocean was enlivened by its novel site and the offer of the sensational scene around it. Arranged on a bluff 250 feet over the sea, the house is the southernmost private living arrangement on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. As Steven Harris puts it, “one of our principal objectives was to stay off the beaten path of the perspective and of the site.” As such, the house is arranged to suit a grouping of perspectives and to reject the visual vicinity of close-by structures, making the dream that it exists altogether confinement on the primordial scene. The house is not a solitary building, but rather a bunch of structures at or subterranean level that embrace the rough projection and outline vistas of the shoreline and ocean.

 

Architect Steven Harris on Casa Finisterra from FilmCamp Films on Vimeo.

 

A bay window in the section court gives characteristic lighting to inside rooms underneath, which slide three stories down the bluff face, lodging rooms, a studio, and visitor flats. Open to the boundless scope of the ocean on one side and the desert on the other, the house’s insides turn into a progression of arousing encounters. A few rooms are a hole like, cut into the stone edge; others at the bluff edge are scarcely encased by the glass and appear to be suspended in mid-air.

 

 


 

By consolidating components, for example, uncovered stone dividers with mid-century present day furniture, the polish of the inside spaces are tempered by the somberness of the encompassing environment. A stair cut from the bluff rock and an outside shower with cut stone dividers permit you to encounter the house as a strict expansion of its regular scene and site. An 80-foot swimming pool sits on an outcrop in the bluff between the house and sea, caving in the space between the pool and the Pacific Ocean beneath. The house is produced using materials run of the mill to this district of Mexico: cleaned solid, glass, and local stone unearthed on the property.

 

Photos by: Scott Frances

 


 

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Soulages Museum by RCR Arquitectes with Passelac & Roques

Soulages Museum by RCR Arquitectes with Passelac & Roques

Soulages Museum by RCR Arquitectes with Passelac & Roques located in Rodez, France | The Hardt

 

The Soulages Museum located in Rodez, France was completed in 2014 by RCR Arquitectes – the winner of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel – in collaboration with architect G Trégouët. In 2008, RCR Arquitectes teamed up with the firm Passelac & Roques architects to take part in the Greater Rodez Authority’s design competition for the Soulages Museum. Chosen among 98 applicants, their project placed the museum on the north side of the entirely renovated Foirail garden. They grasped the significance of the site, considering it as a link between the historic center and the new quarters.

 


 

RESPECTFUL OF ITS SURROUNDINGS

Respectful of its surroundings, the building is organized in a succession of cubes. The intervals remind the passerby of the ”fenestras” in the Aveyron and give way to contemplation. Orientated towards the garden, the southern wall does not exceed three meters whilst on the northern side of the site, the ‘’boxes’’ overlook a pathway.

 

THE STEEL REFLECTS PIERRE SOULAGES’ WORK

The cladding is made of Corten steel also known as weathering steel. When exposed to bad weather (i.e. to corrosion), this material creates a protective layer of rust. ”The Corten steel ages with time and perfectly suits the park’s natural surroundings. It is not a lifeless and sanitized material. Furthermore, its color-range echoes Rodez’s pink – grey colors.” (RCR Arquitectes). The shades of this steel also reflect Pierre Soulages’ work.

 

 


 

A UNIQUE PLACE

The Soulages Museum is located in the heart of Rodez town, in Foirail Garden, a stone’s thrown from the cathedral. Designed and conceived by Catalan RCR Arquitectes– Passelac & Roques Architects, the museum is spread on the north side of the entirely renovated Foirail garden. It fits its surroundings perfectly. Well-known for the attention they pay to the geographical location and surrounding scenery, Ramon Vilalta, Carme Pigem et Rafael Aranda immediately understood the value of that unique place.

 

THE LIGHT

The museum will take the fragility of the collections into account. Arranged in practical volumes around a monitored light, it will provide obscured and protected areas for papers (Walnut Stains, printed works), whereas the five high ”boxes”
will harbor the paintings and the cardboards of Conques’ stained-glass windows under a zenithal light.

 

4 LEVELS

Four levels. From top to 1st floor:

-The storehouses (safety standard)

-The documentary center and a workshop for children

– The permanent exhibitions’ rooms with the works from Soulages’ donations

– The temporary exhibition room dedicated to contemporary artists

–  ‘Musee Soulages’ – Chief Curator & Director of the Greater Rodez museums.  Photos by Musee Soulages and photographer Vincent Boutin.

 


 

Neither a mausoleum nor a monographic chore, the Soulages Museum will be a place for meetings and new experiences. While being a genuinely modern and contemporary art museum, it will favor exchanges with similar institutions or foundations, with great freedom in its choices from promising to seasoned artists, through different themes and links from one historical era to another (the Middle Ages, for instance, whom Soulages holds dear). The museum fits into the European gathering of museums. The Soulages Museum will be ‘’ unusual ‘ according to the painter’s words,: ” It will highlight the process of artistic creation, the role of the unexpected that lies in it, and without using banal teaching methods, I hope it will open the eyes of the public and awake their spirit to understand what art stands for. ”

 

 


 

Visitor services will particularly strive to explain the meaning of the artist’s know-how and gestures. The audience will explore Pierre Soulages’ works in the museum by following an itinerary that combines the painter’s history– his biography–with other expressions of his creativity, such as oil paintings, paintings on paper, printed works or stained-glass windows. The bright rooms with high ceilings will alternate with the darkened rooms with low ceilings to tackle specific topics, including the very first figurative works Soulages made in Rodez, the inspiration he found in the Aveyron, the hanging of artworks, the Walnut Stains, the different techniques of engraving, or the works he did at Conques. Each aspect of the donation will be associated with its constituent technique. That is why Conques stained-glass windows are a link between monumental medieval heritage and contemporary creation and act as a catharsis: they are the accurate portrait of the artist. In Conques Abbey, Soulages thought of a new light. In Rodez, we must show clearly how we can approach that form of light thanks to experimental witnesses. From matter to thought, with tools and hands.

– Benoît Decron, Chief Curator & Director of the Greater Rodez museums

http://musee-soulages.grand-rodez.com/museum-soulages

RCR Arquitectes  Passelac & Roques Architectes  

Photos: © Kevin Dolmaire  © Patrice Thebault  © Studio Fegari  © Pep Sau  © Cedric Meravilles

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L23 House (2011) by Pitagoras Group

L23 House (2011) by Pitagoras Group

L23 House (2011) by Pitagoras Group located in Guimaraes, Portugal | The Hardt

L23 House (2011) by Pitagoras Group located in Guimaraes, Portugal. The house land is oriented to the West. On the East limit, where the municipal road gives access, features a rugged topography, due to the existence of a slope. Beyond the slope, the land develops with slight and constant pendant, longitudinally; like a promontory over the city. The house is delimited on the East by a concrete wall that erupts from the ground and sustains the higher lands – on the entry elevation. Behind the concrete wall, overcoming the different elevations of the land, a sloping course is designed, pedestrian and automobile access, to a first ground platform, where we find the entrance.

 

Due to the accentuated between the street elevation (271.70) and the mean elevation of the mainland platform, the house entry is necessarily on the first floor, there exists a bigger proximity and easier access.  This new platform receives the visitor on a large paved outdoor space, bordered on the North / West by a suspended volume, which contributes decisively to the volumetric characterization of the building. This volume is disposed of transversely relatively to batch, leaning on one side and the other on two volumes. Besides characterizing the arrival area, he hierarchizes the construction, establishing important links between the spaces that constitute the building. Since the arrival area and under the suspended volume, we anticipate a succession of open spaces, gardens, to the main ground platform, where a patio is drawn between the two volumes.

 

 


 

Programmatically on the first floor, is the house main entrance, with the entrance hall and a staircase linking the two house floors. It is from the hall that is distributed on either side, the private spaces (bedrooms), and common spaces (living room and gym). The bedrooms are organized in a succession of spaces open to a balcony over the patio. In the suspended volume is located an ample space for common use, with different living areas (work, study, reading, leisure …), and also a small gym connected to the indoor pool on the ground floor. Due to their orientation, these spaces emphasize the visual relationship with the more distant landscape, while enjoying the atmosphere created on the patio below.

 

On the ground floor, the program is distributed over the two volumes: one for the pool and the locker room; and the other for the social and services areas. The patio works as an exterior extension of the rooms spacious. Concerning the materials used, the apparent pigmented concrete defines the structural volume. As a cover material for some facade panels was chosen the anthracite zinc. On external decks for car access, we opted for the basalt cube; on pedestrian tracks or living spaces, the predominant are the wood pallets, as an extension of the interior floors. The external casings are in black aluminum. The cover has a significant importance in the image of this house, as it is entirely visible from the entry of the lot. For this reason (but not only), we opted for a cover finished in porous concrete, in order to create a draining surface, totally uniform. Somehow is the cover itself that helps us understanding the volumetry of the building, which we discover as we move forward on the ground.

 

 

location
Collaborator
mechanical engineering
Guimarães, PortugalMarlene SousaCoelho Lima Engenharia
design year
Foundations and structures
photography
2007-2011Francisco BernardoJosé Campos Photography
area
hydraulic engineering
612m2Francisco Bernardo

 

 


 

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