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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Thong House (2014) by NISHIZAWA ARCHITECTS located in District 7, Vietnam | The Hardt
Thong House (2014) by NISHIZAWA ARCHITECTS located in District 7, Vietnam. The architecture takes advantage of two fronts, east, and south. On one side which is also the main elevation, is to the sun, the other has a magnificent view of the public park of the ward. Into a consistent dialogue with the next-door landscape, large openings in the southern side are proposed to enjoy the spectacular scenery of enormous plantings from the parks and witness the seasonally qualitative change throughout the years. The concept of geometry, while the volumes are mostly covered by wooden louver to absorb an amount of the sun heat before coming inside the house, the rotating door system covering the second-floor void, becomes the gate between the outside and inside of the house. The perceived quality of life in buildings should come from the geometry and how that geometry connects to human beings”. It was the initial thought we had when being offered to design a row house in Phu My Hung, a new urban development area in the Southern Saigon. This project could be considered as another attempt to find a contemporary living manner in row house typology. The brief was to get rid of the way of living we used to have in common townhouse, where the staircase in the center along with the corridor to access spaces covered by four walls which isolate people inside his own world. The client is a nuclear family, consisted of the parents and two kids with the explicit wish to have a home fulfilled with natural elements while being able to improve the spiritual connection between each family member.
Therefore, in a general view, the house looks like a composition of cubes as the private rooms while the spaces created under the shifting volumes will become the public areas for the family. The bold section plan which collateralized circulation, privacy, and activities-control, could be used to decide the function in each void and volumes. Continuously, a circulation as a silk ribbon is consequently created to connect all spaces together and tighten the relationship of spaces. From the main entrance, a narrow covered passageway introduces people to a 5-meter-height living space with the rotating door system at the end of the house. This system would be opened to the backyard garden and instantly fulfilled by wind provided through the tunnel. The living space and the dining area both expands vertically, through a double height, which helps to harmonize the public spaces inside the house with the outdoor impression. Along the straight flight steel staircase, some floating private volumes such as the library, space for the guest, and children space could gradually be seen. The master bedroom with the private common space in the fourth floor, are connected by a stone pavement that overcomes the garden which has been landscaped with indigenous plant and the top light above. The other utilities are arranged to be on the top floor. The rooftop garden provides outdoor space for the family to enjoy the nightlife in this new urban area. From the beginning till the end, the staircase – as the spine of the house lets us involve in a non-stop adventure to discover different places throughout the house.
We also have the practice that speculated on the idea to imitate the leaf-pattern and operate it as a decorative but still functional element. The outdoor wooden panels, which are externally arranged in a checkerboard pattern to express the main concept of stacking and shifting volumes, become fruitful with the leaf-pattern carved in and through, one by one. On the other hand, the internal louvers can be rotated so as to adjust upon the sunlight. The exposed concrete floor become more interesting with the “carpet” made with the leaf-pattern terrazzo. Moreover, the furniture itself is another way to increase the variety of pattern in interior design. The brutal feeling, with this meticulous detail, could somehow strongly strike the eye in an aesthetic sense. This architecture offers an interpretation of a fresh new lifestyle for young families in the modern tropical city. In another way, it could be considered as the cross point of modern and natural life which can be perfectly compatible with each other.
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Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, ANH House by Sanuki + Nishizawa | The Hardt
Located in Ho Chi Minh City, ANH House by Sanuki + Nishizawa. This house, designed for a thirty-years-old-women and her family, is built on the plot of 4m wide and 21m deep in Ho Chi Minh City, which is very typical for urban tube houses in Vietnam. The main request from the client is to realize the bright and open space filled with natural light and greenery. Tube house, the most typical housing style in Vietnam, itself has a critical difficulty in getting enough natural light and ventilation firstly because there’s no opening on the two long boundary sidewalls and secondly because Vietnamese people tend to have lots of fixed partition walls for separating many bedrooms. Therefore, the main theme of this house is to explore the possibility of a new lifestyle in Vietnam, in which that such dark and humid space need to be improved drastically into a bright and open one.
The house is designed with 4 solid thick slabs and no normal fixed partition walls. Each slab, stuck in the different height, has several voids that lead natural reflection light from the top-light, façade and backside into the house. In addition, each slab is set out with several holes of terrazzo bath-tub and foot-space for sitting, especially the 15 holes for greenery with different kinds of tropical plants to enable the space attractive and fresh. Furthermore normal familiar fixed partition walls are replaced into the light, movable and translucent partitions for separating bed spaces, adjusting the balance between the privacy for each individual space and the fluency of whole big space according to the lifestyle’s request. These partitions are the folding or sliding doors with woven bamboo as a shade and jalousie windows system which are easily opened for the natural wind circulation to go through the whole house spaces. Briefly, all of the design intents are to fulfill the tube house spaces with greenery, brightness, well-ventilations then transform the narrow, dark, humid passive residential housing into “the space connecting to the outside natural environment” – where the people can feel the real outside atmosphere.
The house structure is an RC frame structure with reversal beams system. Besides, using the woven bamboo sheet as concrete work’s frames for engraving the bamboo pattern on the exposed concrete ceiling, not only emphasizes the continuous slab and natural lighting effect but also creates stronger aesthetic effect together with real woven bamboo of doors system. All these materials and techniques adopted into this house design are local and widely common in Vietnam. We can feel the natural wind and live without air conditioner comfortably in this house that has the “lifestyle connecting to the outside natural environment”. Somehow, this sustainable and ecological proposal is considered as a re-definition of the Vietnamese traditional lifestyle connecting to the outside environment in contemporary housing. We really hope this simple, bright and open lifestyle can be one of the effective alternatives in the modern lifestyle in Vietnam.
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Lộc House (2016) by 23o5studio located in Thành phố Thủ Dầu Một, Vietnam | The Hardt
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Situated in Battaramulla, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka, Linear House (2015) by Palinda Kannangara Architects | The Hardt
Situated in Battaramulla, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka, Linear House (2015) by Palinda Kannangara Architects. Located in the busy Battaramulla area close to the Sri Lankan Parliament, the low-budget single family house designed by Palinda Kannangara Architects stands on a narrow plot. The house has been designed to provide a feeling of being connected to tropics, nature, and trees despite being in a busy and residential neighborhood. The entrance forecourt is paved with the lone existing sapodilla tree as the focus. The designed was meant to provide the couple with the feeling of living within a garden. A series of courtyards link together indoor and outdoor: the inner living room space can totally open out into the exterior pond and garden through large sliding doors. The ground level comprises of a living-dining space intersected by a courtyard with Syzygium trees, a kitchen, and a guest bedroom. The first floor hosts a TV lounge, a master bedroom and two additional bedrooms. Slender wood bridges cut through the courtyards treetops and lead to the two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a double screen with an exterior balcony that overlooks the sapodilla tree. The timber screen provides filtered light and shade keeping the interiors cool. The uppermost level comprises of a roof garden that not only captures stormwater and favors a microclimate within the house. It also acts as an outdoor garden space for the couple to enjoy quiet dinners and to entertain.
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