Summer House in Linescio by Buchner Bründler Architects located in a small Swiss village in the remote Rovana valley | The Hardt
Summer House in Linescio by Buchner Bründler Architects located in a small Swiss village in the remote Rovana valley. The 200-year-old stone building was converted into a summer house. The building is built in knitting style, with a stone base, used to be used for drying chestnuts. The interior is completely new as an autonomous concrete body. The interior offers space for the basic living needs: living room, bedroom, fireplace and bathroom. The concrete for the interior is poured layer by layer from the covered roof. From the outside, the new building is only visible from the steel door of the steel-covered glass and on the concrete fireplace, which penetrates the cover of the building.
The village of Linescio lies in the secluded Rovana Valley in Ticino, surrounded by groves of chestnut trees and terraced fields. Here, only 30 km from Locarno, it feels as if one were in a different world. Some of the existing stone houses stand empty, but the core of the village is still intact, with buildings distinguished by their granite walls and roof coverings. The peace and original character of this location spurred the architects to use the present 200-year-old stone house as a holiday residence and to preserve as much of the existing fabric as possible, complementing it with an unusual new structure. From the outside, the only visible changes are the glass door to the garden and the new concrete chimney stack. Internally, however, a house within a house has been constructed, with a homogeneous, monolithic concrete volume inserted inside the existing walls, a structure that opens to the south and west by means of high, folding wooden shutters. Conceived for summer use, it was possible to do without heating, new windows and insulation and to leave the outer facade in its existing state.
The concrete was brought in layer by layer through the opened roof, with the existing walls acting as permanent shuttering. On the inside, the untreated exposed concrete surfaces bear the bold texture of the formwork. In the extension, too – a timber-laced beam structure, formerly used for drying chestnuts – all new elements are consistently made of concrete: the bathtub as a recess in the floor, and the kitchen worktop with a sink integrated as a single cast form. The plastic, evocative qualities of the exposed concrete intensify the archaic character and the calm atmosphere of this stone house.
Photos by Ruedi Walti
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The construction with reinforced structure, and visible concrete on the lower floor, assuming the function of the material and with a structure and coating of Cumarú wood upstairs – with significant advantages in thermal and acoustic comfort -, develops in a U-shape form, defined by three intersecting volumes, forming an open courtyard to the West, limited, to the South, by the swimming pool. The ground level, partially buried, is occupied by a storage compartment in the basement area, a two-car garage, and the entrance hall, both with North facing access, a support room with private toilet and a compartment that serves simultaneously as laundry and a poolside toilet, the swimming pool being located to the east. There is also a small compartment for pool equipment, with access only from the outside.
Upstairs, the non-permanence areas, as the vestibule and part of the circulation areas, face North. The master bedroom, with toilet support, faces South and West, the remaining two bedrooms, also facing South, turn to the patio, the kitchen faces South and East, and the living room faces South and North, taking advantage of the visual threading on the pool and the golf courses of the allotment, as well as on the patio. The intervention in the landscape includes car access to the North area of the plot and was designed considering the preservation and reinforcement of the existing plant species.
Photography by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
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Located on in San Juan County on Orcas Island in Washington State, USA, Eagle Ridge Residence by Gary Gladwish Architecture. 54 years ago she visited Orcas Island for the first time and decided that one day she would live there. 40 years passed before she saw it again and purchased a forested piece of land on a hillside populated with madrone trees, firs, beech, thistle, moss, and rocks with magnificent views to the west. Throughout her life rocks, nature and landscape played an important role in her artwork. It was this attraction that convinced her that this was the perfect site for her. She requested an open, simple, low maintenance design which works with the site in such a way that her connection to the island, forest and ledges were always present within the house. Each part of the house was to be designed to accommodate the inevitable bad hips, knees and back worn out from a lifetime of moving rocks, dirt and plants. The program consists of a combined kitchen-dining-living area, study, master suite, art studio, and storage area with the flexibility to add bedrooms or an apartment.
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When we went to the place the first time, the streets surrounding the lot had already been made and, because of the earth displacement necessary for the street making, the land rose suddenly, starting from the sidewalk, like a suggestive construction of a topographic nature. On the surroundings, all the neighbor houses were already built and “circled” the lot in an “L” shape. The conception of the house emerges directly from the way we observed this reality. Dealing with a single-family house of large dimensions for local standards, we chose to divide the construction volume into two parts. Half of the construction is buried, like a negative of the land, and assumed as being a part of it. Over that half-land, a second volume is placed, long and flattened, in apparent white concrete. In the inferior volume are located the technical areas, the less used areas or those of support. In the upper volume, the socials areas gather around the main courtyard and the bedrooms around a private second one.
After all, the main characteristic of this house is the way its dialectical feature comes about: the underground, “natural” half of the building, its upper half, floating and “artificial”, and the life flowing between the two. One face, introverted, intimate, of shadow or reflected light; another, open, glowing, transparent, from where it is possible to enjoy the distant horizon. In the end, all that matters, as always in this kind of project, is to understand the life and personality of those who come to us in need of house design and try to give them new meaning for everyday life.
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Casa Ovalle-Salinas (2011) by Jorge Figueroa Asociados located in Santiago, Chile | The Hardt
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The thought of the courts, not hinder likewise try to overcome and command far off dreams geology encompassing the field. One thought is that the house is revealed as it moves from the road to the greenhouse. The work is showing up to a limited extent, and who voyages is “amazed” by spaces that are going to complete in the greenhouse and all the more absolutely in the pool, situated at the base of this. Another thought is to make questionable spaces in its definition and delimitation inside-outside, so to create the sentiment expanded floor territory and, all the while, more green space, and plants. This is the means by which a progression of open-air spaces based totally on their edges emerge: porches, giving closeness, freshness, light and permit to bring nature into the work. Where does the inside start? Where does the outside start? Identified with ”discovering” the work is completely shut to the road and has exceptionally coated and presented to the private patio nursery From the road, just dividers of various statures, understand the vicinity of the house. Immaculate volumes in the play of light and shadow that demonstrate a contemporary dialect that secures the protection of its occupants. Access to the ground by its west side, people on foot and autos entered independently. The person on foot passageway is parallel, so to dodge direct eye internal. The autos are situated after a sliding wooden entryway. Instantly there is a little esplanade auto card (necessity of the regulations of the subdivision), then toward the west is the vehicular route for property holders. The autos are kept under a shed that has been outlined in such an approach to give shade, yet not city area.
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