Harbour Island, Bahamas/2015
Harbour Island is a relaxed yet luxurious getaway perched in the surreal cerulean waters of the Atlantic edge of the Great Bahama bank. In this earnest and timeless place, the architecture for this private residence is conceived as simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; primitive, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant; raw, yet refined. The result is a sensual and sensitive experience, reduced to its essence through the use of elemental forms and sincere materiality and detailing. The most dramatic view of the ocean is obtained towards the crest of the dunes, the location of this modest home.
Located five hundred feet off one of the islands main roadways you meander along a sand driveway overflowing with vegetation and come upon a simple pavilion. The central space of the house is essentially an open breezeway, allowing visual and pedestrian connectivity across the site. Within this pavilion space there is the living and dining areas that open onto verandahs well protected from the elements by the deep overhangs of the gabled roof. The rest of the living spaces are simply arranged around the central space. To the left are two guest suites with private bathrooms; while to the right are the kitchen area and the master suite. Materials have been selected for their distinctive sincerity, environmental sensitivity, and a resonance with the vernacular.
This private residence establishes a delicate, meditative and mediating space that ushers a transition from lush tropic landscape to wide languorous ocean.
Principal in charge: Chad Oppenheim
Project Manager: Juan Calvo
Project Contributors: Juan Lopez, Carolina Jaimes, Jacobus Bruyning, Jose Ortez, Kevin McMorris, Robert Gallagher, Francisco Llado, Sebastian Velez, Manuel Morales
Renderers: Oppenheim Architecture
Photographs: Karen Fuchs
The residential area of this home was designed with large proportions with the intention of creating two areas, a cozy and intimate family area and another larger and sophisticated formal area. The separation was designed in a manner that allows to join the areas when needed. Hovering above the space in perfec balanced is a cube made of concrete and glass that serves as the master bedroom for the parents. The unexpected contrast of the massive concrete cube floating weightlessly creates an element of surprise for those experiencing the space. The large windows in the suite provide a downward panoramic view of the public space and thus allowing eye contact and involvement.
A large and welcoming entrance door opens up and reveals the interior of the home beginning with an entrance hall decorated with a large piece of artwork. Theis element was of art tailor made by me for the specific requirements of the hall. I decided to create it on my own since we could not fine a ready made piece suited for the space. This kinetic sculpture of curved lines hovers and sways in space, with its negative embedded in the door of the elevator thus making the door indistinct.
There are two doors leading into the kitchen. One from the living room area, a black glass electric door, the other from the dining room area, made of carpentry wood blending in perfectly with the wall. This division allows a comfortable and private dining room set when needed.
The kitchen itself has wide windows and a balcony overlooking the view of a waterfall flowing over a paved terraces in a downward direction t the basement.
Architects: Yulie Wollman
Location: Herzliya, Israel
Area: 9,149 sqft
Photo courtesy: Amit Geron
Location : Cádiz, Spain
Area : 900.0 sqm Project Year : 2014
Architects : Alberto Campo Baeza
Photographs : Javier Callejas Sevilla
by Alberto Campo Baeza
On a marvelous place like a piece of earthly paradise, at Cádiz, we have built an infinite plane facing the infinite sea, the most radical house we have ever made. At the very edge of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where the sea unites the new and the old continent, emerges a stone platform. At the place where all the ships from the Mediterranean used to pass and still pass by as they head off into the Atlantic.
There we have erected a house as if it were a jetty facing out to sea. A house that is a podium crowned by an upper horizontal plane. On this resoundingly horizontal plane, bare and denuded, we face out to the distant horizon traced by the sea where the sun goes down. A horizontal plane on high built in stone, Roman travertine, as if it were sand, an infinite plane facing the infinite sea. Nothing more and nothing less.
To materialize this elevated horizontal plane, which is the main living room of the house, we built a large box with 20 meters of frontage and 36 meters deep. And under those first 12 meters we excavated two floors in the solid rock to develop the whole living space.
The Romans were there a handful of centuries ago. Bolonia, the ruins of the Roman fishing factories where they produced garum and built temples to their gods, is just a stone’s throw away. In their honor we have built our house, like an acropolis in stone, in roman travertine.
To give even greater force to the platform we incorporated all the terrain as far back as the entrance wall separating us from the street, also done in Roman travertine. Once inside the wall, the entrance to the house will be via a “trench” in the form of stairs dug into the upper surface of the platform.
A Greek poet said that this is a true temenos, a meeting-place, where according to mythology, humans and gods come together.
On the denuded stone platform, three walls surround us and protect us from the prevailing strong winds. Sometimes it is as if someone had opened the bag containing the winds of Aeolus. The same winds that drove on the vessel in which Ulysses made his journey home.
There is a lovely etching by Rembrandt from 1655, “Christ Presented before the People”, that has always fascinated me. In it, Rembrandt sketches a straight horizontal line. Perfectly straight and perfectly horizontal. It is the border of the powerful dais, the podium upon which the scene takes place. There, as Mies did so often, he has made the plane into a line. I am certain that Rembrandt and Mies would like our podium house, all podium, only podium. As would Adalberto Libera, who did the same thing when he built his Malaparte House in Capri. And we like it too. And when we look at our house from the beach, we will be reminded of all of them.
We wanted this house to be capable not only of making time stand still, but to remain in the minds and hearts of humankind. The house of the infinite.
ALBERTO CAMPO BAEZA
He is a Professor in the Madrid School of Architecture, ETSAM, where he has been a tenured Professor for more than 35 years. He has taught at the ETH in Zurich and the EPFL in Lausanne as well as the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Kansas State University, the CUA University in Washington, and more recently, in 2016, L’Ecole d’Architecture in Tournai, Belgique.
He has given lectures all over the world, and has received significant recognition like the Torroja Award for his Caja Granada or the Award of the UPM University for his Excellence in Teaching. In 2013 he was awarded the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the International Award Architecture in Stone in Verona, and the RIBA International Fellowship 2014 of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Also in 2014 he was elected Full Member to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando of Spain. In 2015, he was awarded the BigMat 2015 in Berlin and the International Prize of Spanish Architecture (PAEI 2015). And won the 1st Prize Ex Aequo to build the new LOUVRE.
His works have been widely recognized. From the Houses Turégano and de Blas, both in Madrid, to Gaspar House, Asencio House or Guerrero House in Cádiz, Rufo House in Toledo and Moliner House in Zaragoza. And the Olnick Spanu House in Garrison, New York, the House of the Infinite in Cádiz, and the Raumplan House in Madrid. Or the BIT Center in Inca-Mallorca, the public space Between Cathedrals, in Cádiz, the Caja de Granada Savings Bank and the MA, the Museum of Memory of Andalucía, both in Granada. And a nursery for Benetton in Venice, or the Offices in Zamora for the Regional Government of Castilla y León. At present, the Sports Pavilion for the University Francisco de Vitoria, in Madrid, has been finished.
More than 30 editions of the books with his texts “La Idea Construida” [The Built Idea], “Pensar con las manos” [Thinking with your hands], and Principia Architectonica have been published in several languages. In 2014 he published, “Poetica Architectonica”. In 2015 “The Built Idea” has been translated into English and Chinese and “Quiero ser arquitecto” has been edited by Los libros de la Catarata. Recently, all his work has been gathered in a book, “Complete Works” by Thames & Hudson, and in 2016, his latest texts have been published under the title “Varia Architectonica”. He believes in Architecture as a Built Idea. And he believes that the principle components of Architecture are Gravity that constructs Space and Light that constructs Time.
He has exhibited his work in the Crown Hall by Mies at Chicago’s IIT and at the Palladio Basilica in Vicenza. And in the Urban Center In New York. And at the Saint Irene Church in Istanbul, and the Tempietto of San Pietro in Montorio, Rome. In 2009 the prestigious MA Gallery of Toto in Tokyo made an anthological exhibition of his work that, in 2011 was in the MAXXI in Rome. In 2013 his work has been exhibited in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, and in the Pibamarmi Foundation in Vicenza. In 2014 at the School of Architecture of Valencia. In 2015, in Cádiz, at the College of Architects, and at the Spanish Embassy of Iran in Teheran. And in 2016 at the Oris House of Architecture in Zagreb.
- Almirante 4, 5º B
Contemporary private residence designed in 2016 by Abiboo Architecture
House H is located in an exclusive area in Madrid and it is situated on a 40,000 sq.ft. plot next to a prestigious golf course. The house has a floor area of 14,000 sq. ft. (1.300 m2). House H is the answer to the broad and diverse functional needs of the client, a well-known international sportsman.
The villa is designed as a sponge, with multiple micro-spaces that inter-relate to each other. The ground floor has the typical program associated with a villa along with many patios that make the house look bigger due to its integration with the site. The first floor includes spaces like office, guestrooms and play area. The basement includes spaces associated with oneself (meditation rooms, gym, spa) and with others (party areas and lounges).
The secondary areas are built with a façade in exposed concrete, while the day spaces in the center of the floor plan are in stucco and glass. Finally the night areas are shown to the outside in a metallic finish that reflect the light and create a strong contrast between all the different materials used.
The environmental commitment of the project is noticeable not only in the use of eco-friendly materials; the villa also pays special attention to passive strategies that respond to sun radiation, natural light and wind. The design leverages the local micro-climate through the existence of patios, water bodies, natural ventilation strategies and water management solutions while takes advantage of active environmental solutions such as the use of geothermal heat pumps That Reduce Considerably The CO2 Consumption.
Design Team: Alfredo Muñoz, Ronan Bolaños, Felipe Samarán, Jesus Amezcua, Delia Rodriguez, Oscar Hernando, Luis Rocca, Daniel Jimenez, Carla Anton, Jordi Mas, Manel Rio, German Gil, Emiliano D’Incecco, Rodolfo Pomini, Jesus Reyes, Ivan Sanchez, Mariluz Jimeno, Cristina Domecq
Structures: ABIBOO Architecture & Jorge Torrico + Alvaro RuizMEP: JG Ingenieros, Plenum Ingenieros
Lighting: Icon- Akari Ishii & Ilmio Design
Furniture: Abiboo Architecture & Ilmio Design
Construction Project Manager: Carlos GarciaContractor: Contratas y Obras
Photography: Joao Morgado
Location : Asia District, Peru /2011
Photographs : Elsa Ramirez
The housing unit is a temporary summer home developed in the coastal desert of Lima, 95Km from the city. The stretch of land stands on a moderate slope in a privileged location with a frontal view to a golf course and a lateral view to the sea.
As a starting point, stands a large, comfortable terrace ending in a longitudinal swimming pool, which represents the main living space. On both sides of the plot, green areas may be found, which allow for natural illumination on the lower levels. These green areas define a lighter upper volume, which when separated from the base, takes the stage as the central element of the composition. This volume was given a starring role by working it in a closed way and by giving it a light, clearly defined aesthetic.
The sun sets towards the back of the lot, which is used in the solution to provide the necessary shade to the deck by extending the volume’s upper edge, making it more distinctive and dynamic. The suspended main volume then shows a notorious diagonal that may be seen front the deck and from outside the plot. This resulting diagonal is taken as a composition gesture that is repeated as an inclined plane in the entrance, in the two stairways and in the irregular openings in the side facade.
Another element which incorporates the diagonal aesthetic is the perimeter walls. Along with providing privacy to the lower level, they bring together into the composition the suspended upper volume and the lower frame of the secondary bedrooms. This ends up unifying smoothly and continuously the unit’s three levels into one single dynamic element.
The materials used, the walls painted in white, and the exposed concrete walls and veneered floors in gray, give the interior a neutral atmosphere, carefully illuminated, which allows to appreciate the use of space and the fluidity in the path between the different ambiences.
Access to the house is from the more elevated part in the back, and the layout considers three levels: the top gives way to vehicular and pedestrian access. The entrance is from the side with a tangential view to the suspended volume. An open courtyard leads to the hall of the house, and from this point, stairs go down to the social area, a bridge gives access to the master bedroom. The social area, pool and kitchen may be found at the mid-level. These areas are more open and are designed to connect with the landscape. The secondary bedrooms, family room and service area are found in the lower level. Two of the bedrooms have a frontal view, while the other areas are lit through the lateral openings.
The extensive program of this housing unit includes five bedrooms, living room, dining room, terrace, swimming pool, family room, kitchen, two car garage, storage area, laundry area and service bedroom and bathroom. Traditional building methods were followed, using a concrete structure and brick walls, plastered and painted.
Architects : Roberto Riofrio Navarro – Micaela Rodrigo Grana
Work Team : Edith Zamalloa, Anny Gutierrez, Jose Antonio Chavez, Jaime Alca, Roberto PainArea395.0 sqm
Villa neuve de 350m2 en R+2 Construction neuve 2009/2010
La longueur de la maison, inhérente à la forme de la parcelle, et son adossement contre un mur de soutènement en limite Est, ont conduit à concevoir des patios intérieurs pour amener la lumière du jour dans la construction. Pratiquement mono orientée, la villa s’ouvre largement au Sud sur la vue mer exceptionnelle par de très larges baies vitrées. Par contre elle s’ouvre très peu au Nord et à l’Est, si ce n’est au travers des patios, et très peu à l’Ouest du fait de la proximité des habitations voisines ainsi la lumière entre par le biais de pavés de verre opalescents.
La composition complète de la maison et de la piscine est une composition toute en longueur, entièrement symétrique, axée entièrement sur la mer en fond de parcelle. De la sorte, chaque séquence, depuis le patio d’entrée, le corps de la maison puis la piscine, est une suite de cadrages en descendant vers la mer.
La parcelle ayant un dénivelé de 15m vers le Sud et ayant une proportion extrêmement étirée de 110m de long par 16m de large, dont seul le petit coté du terrain était ouvert sur la mer au Sud, toute la composition de la maison entièrement conçue s’étire donc sur 30m de long par 12m de large avec des séquences cadrées qui s’enchainent dans un parcours architectural dont l’aboutissement est la mer.
Les trois niveaux, décalés en terrasses accessibles successives, sont, en réalités en lien direct avec le terrain sur deux niveaux. Ainsi, l’entrée se trouve au Nord, au point le plus haut du terrain (+18,30NGF) et donne accès au RDC, tandis que le salon se trouve en Rez de jardin au niveau +15,00NGF de plain pieds avec la piscine. L’étage de la suite parentale se trouve à +21,30NGF au niveau du R+1 de la maison existante. Une toiture une pente, végétalisée, permet d’avoir l’égout de toiture à +23,00NGF, le terrain naturel étant à +16,00NGF.
Crédit Photos : @ Serge Demailly
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Microrégion de São Paulo / Brésil
This dwelling with its two building complexes is situated on a wooded plot of land in São Paulo. It is both sophisticated and representative, and features integrated spa areas, a home cinema and a gourmet kitchen.
The inhabitants enjoy the calm surroundings, with numerous old trees, on three floors, but particularly when they are outside in the spacious free areas and at the pool. The striking, protruding flat roof provides shade and protects the residents from the rain. This is a major advantage in an area with constant temperatures that has just as much rain as it does sun.
Location: Herzliya, Israel
Plot area: 500 square meters
Residential area: 400 square meters
Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architect
A minimalistic structure with no unnecessary decorations based on the principals of minimalistic configuration that fuses into a single, clear and harmonious form.
The main idea behind the design was to work on a rectangular grid where all the functions merge into it, even the parking structure that is usually a small and separate structure at the front of the residence. The architect created a clean rectangular mass with vertical and horizontal openings breaking into it that allow for movement within them and the entry of natural light.
The front of the house has three levels completely impervious to the street with two courtyards on the right and on the left and excavated to the level of the basement floor, allow for the entry of light and air into the lower level. Thus, a situation is created where the pathway leading to the entrance is a bridge suspended over one of the excavated courtyards. Once inside, the almost monastic impermeability of the frontal façade is converted with impressive openness that invites you into a well lit open space where the entire long façade of the home kisses a swimming pool set against the entire length of a massive glass wall. The open space rises to a height of six meters with a sky light the full length of the ceiling that empowers the drama of the space.
The entire ground floor is a public space that contains a long kitchen painted a glossy black that reflects the swimming pool opposite, a spacious salon that opens into the rear courtyard and designed with careful minimalism and a dining table. The entire public area has the appearance of a modern and spacious loft.
The bedrooms are situated on the second floor with the communal space connecting them, looks over the swimming pool.
In the basement, that appears as an island floating between the two excavated courtyards, can be found games rooms and a movie room.
The central motives of the architectural design: a clean configuration, moderation in materials and subdued colors find an expression in this project. The sparsity of materials and the reuse of materials such grey limestone that covers the entire external façade of the house and one of the internal walls, imparts a feeling of concrete minimalism, Corian that the architect used in the design of the sinks and partitions in all the bathrooms, and black basalt that covers the walls of those same rooms. By using the same elements, the architect is attempting to make the spaces meditative in their feel and attraction and that blend with the architecture of the structure, one complete and unified mass.
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Pitsou Kedem Architect
39 Maze St. Ground Floor Tel-Aviv
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Location:Stara Novalja, Island of Pag, Croatia
Site area: 2162 m2
Gross floor area: 560 m2
Project team: Tea Horvat, Radovan Šobat, Mirko Majić, Sanja Runjić
Photography: © Robert Leš
LOCATION is on the island of Pag. A house embedded in the southwestern slope on the coast of the Stara Novalja Bay is almost invisible from the sea. An appropriate setting within the local context, from the basic concept all the way to the details, is what makes this family house unique.
THE CONCEPT of the project highlights the features of the location, such as the southern orientation of the terrain, sea vista, Mediterranean climate pleasant for outdoor living, traditional Pag stone construction, the tradition of using wood for window shades and ship decks, and the indigenous Dalmatian vegetation. At the same time, the concept minimizes the negative features of the location, such as the slope of the terrain which limits the use, the intense bora (north to north-eastern wind) and summer sun, as well the exposure to neighbors’s eyes. A new topography of the lot has been formed. The terraces of the Mediterranean garden built of the red parparot stone native to the island rise up to the street to over 19 meters above sea level, providing a beautiful sea vista overlooking all houses on the coast. This is where the story of the house begins. A simple ground-floor cuboid rising from the terrain or embedded in it?
Now a ship deck is floating above the terrain and toward the sea, offering a view of the sea and the sun, in the next moment space indents under the house, creating an intimate, shaded space for hanging out, relaxation and swimming, yet in another moment the house cuts into the slope forming a secluded outdoor summer kitchen-cum-dining terrace, or stands in an even terrain, inviting one to enter. Olive House is a house of dualities and contrasts, introverted from the outside, extroverted inside. Simple, compact and closed membrane hides in its interior a glass atrium with an olive tree. This is the heart of the house, the place where the boundary between the interior and exterior disappears. The sea can be seen from throughout the house, the day progresses, lights and shadows travel, seasons change.
THE PROGRAM of the house is designed for everyday living of a married couple, with frequent visits from their adult children and friends. The upper floor contains basic living facilities, surrounding the atrium. Kitchen and dining room, terrace and summer kitchen face the slope, and the living area with a floating deck face the sea. Area around the atrium is the main communication corridor of the house, which links the entrance area, stairs, study and garage and provides entrance to the three bedrooms with bathrooms. The ground floor accomodates additional facilities – wine cellar, laundry and facility rooms, wellness and fitness areas that open up to the covered terrace and outdoor pool. The pool is shaped linearly as a swimming lane over 17 meters long.
Spatially and formally, the Olive House is as much a place of peace and family living as it is a place for a great party.
MATERIALS are used in a contemporary way. The dominant materials are the traditionally used stone and wood, accompanied neutrally by details in concrete and metal. The membrane of the house is shaped minimalistically with facia beams (smooth normal concrete) combined with stone walls with a small, horizontal stripe pattern (travertine), vertical wooden brise-soleils (cedar), and large sliding glass walls with minimalistic frames (natural anodized aluminum). The roof is flat, planted with eight varieties of sedums of different color and in-bloom seasons. The surroundings are made of red parparot, wood decks (teak), white concrete plates, planted with indigenous plants. The interior is white with some color details. Furniture is almost completely designed and custom-made.
SUSTAINABILITY is planned through several aspects. The low volume of the house incorporated in the slope, the green roof and building materials are environment-friendly. The house is principally south-oriented, and externally protected from the sun. It is a low-energy consumption, class A house that uses renewable energy sources by means of the geothermal heat pump system and solar collectors, as well as LED lighting technology.
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Description by Mark Dziewulski
Weekend house built over the waves and sand of Malibu Beach.
The form of the house takes its inspiration from its context: the beach and waves. It is literally cantilevered over the surf, which passes beneath it at high tide. It has an exceptional location as it positioned at the end of a long open stretch of beach and has views on three sides. Being the end house also makes it highly visible to the 50,000 cars that pass each day along the Pacific Coast Highway, a scenic road that hugs the coastline at this point. The main spaces open up towards the surf with a wall of glass and extensive decks, which have fire pits. This indoor/outdoor relationship was very important to the client. The compact plan was carefully designed to provide views form all the main rooms, with large open spaces and maximum flexibility for entertaining. This is foremost a weekend getaway house.
The design evokes memories of yachts, bathing machines and cranes, reflecting its program as a form raised up and hanging over the sea. It appears almost machine-like — as though the floors were lifted and hoisted over the waves. The angled structure for the house is held back from the beach side to allow fully glazed facades overlooking the sea. This diagonal also reinforces the drama of the cantilever and creates a tension in the composition, hovering over the surf. It is an unusual site as it the end house along a row of adjacent homes and therefore has three visible facades. It was very important that the house was visually activated on all sides, while being more private and sheltering on the street side. The curves of the windows mirror the movement of the sea, which they literally reflect.
It was built on the footings of an existing house so we didn’t need to touch beach or disturb the natural environment. It was possible to recycle framing and structure and transform them into something entirely new without having to demolish and rebuild — saving a lot of landfill.
Photography courtesy of Mark Dziewulski