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Gerês House by Carvalho Araújo situated in Vieira does Minho, Portugal

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Gerês House by Carvalho Araújo situated in Vieira does Minho, Portugal | The Hardt

 

Gerês House by Carvalho Araújo situated in Vieira does Minho, Portugal. Gerês house is located on a steep slope in the Caniçada Valley where there were a small house and a stream. The existing building was located in an upper level of the land eventually liable to small landslides, which determined its demolition and the relocation of the new construction.  The new construction relates to the land in a very spontaneous way, taking advantage of its steep slope, of the small stream and of the privileged view over the landscape. The access to the house is made from the upper level, ensuring a full view over the lot and over the building that fits on the ground like a rock. However, it’s inside the house where the visual range allows us to (re)discover the land below, characterized by the irregular stream’s route that results in a small lake at the lower level.

The building consists of two elements, a large wood volume that rests on a concrete base, which extends over the land and on the water line. The use of these two materials extends inside the house, which does not seek a conventional program, but rather large, functional and multipurpose spaces, where pleasure and work are mixed. The social space of the house assumes special relevance, materialized in a large central living room which extends to the outside through a large terrace. The kitchen and services are arranged on the same floor of the living room and the most intimate program comes at a second level, relating with the first one in the form of a mezzanine.

 

 

© Hugo Carvalho Araújo

 

 

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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 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”

 

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG  

 

 

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Arkansas House (2004) by Marlon Blackwell Architect located in Northwest Arkansas

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Arkansas House (2004) by Marlon Blackwell Architect located in Northwest Arkansas. The challenge for the Arkansas House was to reassemble a fire-damaged home and introduce possibilities for re-thinking the house’s spatial character by adding new elements. The design had to be completed in three weeks and the details were resolved after construction began – one fragment at a time. The architects were allowed to work only in the fire-damaged zones of the existing house (exterior and interior), leaving the remainder untouched beyond new windows and a new HVAC system. The low-slung existing tartan grid structure, with traces of both Kahn and Wright, was instilled with a new sense of hierarchy through the addition of light monitors and suspended lofts to the children’s spaces, a new kitchen, and a great room with a saddle-back roof for living, entertaining, and the display of fine art. Vertically oriented monitors bring much-needed light through steel windows into the once gloomy interiors most damaged by fire. 

 

 

 

The great room is naturally lit from all sides and fills the center of the house with light and views to the sky and adjacent monitors above. With two children at one end of the house and their father at the other end, the great room is positioned to unite the family in one grand social space. The room cuts across the non-directional grid of the existing structure providing an enriched and contrasting spatial complexity. At the end of the mezzanine a flying wall – a vertical tableau – appears to float in space, the composition of its rusted metal shingles choreographed to the music of Neil Young and the Band. Concrete block piers articulate the corners of each existing space and over time have settled differently, leaving few plumb surfaces to work from. Our tactic was to float cherry and walnut veneer panels over the pier walls and along the ceiling forming a detached interior skin. The flooring of rift-sawn cherry and walnut also act to form an interior liner. Taut and highly crafted, this refined surface acts as an interior liner to the exterior monitors clad in weathering steel shingles. There is a quiet resonance between old and new spaces, enveloped in the warmth of various American hardwoods – they combine for a new material presence that softens their differences. Comfortably astride the old house, the angled shell forms exude empathy with a rusted barn nearby; the effects of weather and dripping tree sap provide their rusted surfaces with character – raw and visceral – a foil to the painted shades of beige on the walls below. Out of the ashes, a new structure emerges, a history continues; the old is transformed in the shadow of the new.

 

Photos by  © Tim Hursley

 

 


 

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Kau Gymnasium by URA Architects located Brussels, Belgium

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Kau Gymnasium by URA Architects located Brussels, Belgium. URA is a design studio located in Brussels working within varied scales and functions, searching for universal basic typologies. 
Presented here is a sports hall blended into the natural environment of Brussels, Belgium. This simple building contains many contradictions, creating a rich spectrum of visual and tactical experiences. Open and closed, trees and slope, materiality, and transparency consist of a coherent whole arising from the natural slope.  “The facade shows the duality of the context: a strong, closed concrete wall on the one side and a wooden structure with a black steel plate-cladded facade on the other side. These two facades meet in the perspective of the stage-stair. The surrounding trees are seen from different perspectives,” said the head designers, Yves Malysse and Kiki Verbeeck.

 

 
 
 
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House GePo by OYO

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House GePo (2012) by OYO located in Wijgmaal, Belgium. This stunning render has a floor plan of the 1,938 ft² (180 m²) house has a very open vibe to it, mostly due to the heavy use of steel in the framing and elsewhere. OYO chose for a minimalistic approach, omitting fancy details. They believe there is no need for over the top extras and find simple minimalistic interiors to be the gold standard. I wouldn’t argue with that person. This and other choices result in a low budget home that sticks perfectly to the basic idea of living. The house functions in a very open-minded and opportunistic way. Every room in this house is connected and ready to absorb the creativity of its residents. 

 

 

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Pear Tree House (2012) by Edgley Design

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Situated in London, UK, Pear Tree House (2012) by Edgley Design. The concept began with a 100-year-old pear tree, a remnant of the site’s history as a Victorian fruit orchard. The house has been built around the tree, creating an internal courtyard that brings light and air to the center of the plan, while turning the house inward to remain private from the surrounding terraced houses. The site is long and thin, and the layout is arranged around the changing light of the day, with the kitchen looking to the northeast for morning light, the living areas looking southwest onto the pear tree courtyard for light from midday, and the lowered snug in the centre of the building as a cosy retreat in the evening. 

 

 

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