Situated on a steep and technically challenging site, this single family home was designed to capture views of the outer harbour and heavy marine traffic along the jagged West Vancouver coast line. The home’s irregular shape traces the site boundary, coming to an angled blinder that provides privacy from tight adjacent properties. A natural, minimalist palate of raw concrete, steel, leather and wood creates a calm interior space that doesn’t distract from the framed ocean view beyond.
Movement into the house is carefully choreographed to disguise the considerable elevation change from street to living space – no individual stair run is greater than 1/2 story, allowing an unobstructed sightline from the oversized pivot entrance door through to the terrace. Similarly, the split level arrangement allows for generous volumes in the main living spaces and a closer connection between upper and main floor, while also providing dramatic elements such as the 40 foot elevation drop from the suspended deck and plunge pool to the rear garden below.
Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses
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McLeod Bovell is a collaborative design partnership specializing in complete residential architecture. Since 2008, firm has grown to include a group of 10 designers with diverse backgrounds in architecture, interior and landscape design. more
This loft apartment located in a late 19th century house presents an interesting challenge: how to recover the graceful proportions of the living room while taking advantage of the possibilities offered by an earlier alteration which had inserted intermediate levels.
The Owner is a business executive and collector of animal trophies who wanted a space that would allow him to display his growing collection and enhance its impact. He also wanted a home with the quality of a retreat from his frequent business travels.
The lower level is a space for entertaining—its public character underlined by a large open space which includes a kitchen with the bar table and dining corner. This level also contains two suites—one containing living, media and guest bedroom; the other, the master bedroom, bath, dressing and utility areas.
The guest bedroom is separated from the office space by large glazed sliding doors which are designed to be left open most of the time.
The master bedroom suite is anchored on either end by unusual spaces—on one by a bath with a large steam shower and cabinetry, on the other by a large steel sliding door leading into the living room.
The stair then becomes a steel ribbon structure which flies above the lower level. The upper level comprehend second master bedroom with the small bathroom and big dressing room and living area with the entrance to the terrace.
The color scheme for the unit is universally white for the walls, floors and ceilings. The animal trophies provides the color accents as do the wooden beams and several steel elements.
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B2 ARCHITECTURE is an architecture and design studio focused on innovative design with a strong awareness of the subtile coexistence between shapes and materials. B² Architecture is global oriented, Prague based architecture office with a practice that spans from housing to public space. The diversity of its projects corresponds to the different scales and programs required by current demands.
B² Architecture was founded by Barbara Bencova in 2012 after her previous working experience in Prague and abroad.
The Breeze Block House was redesigned for modern living, while maintaining its original charm. Its plan was re-organised internally to create a more contemporary open plan. The connection to the outside was reconsidered, adding decks to the rear living space and main bedroom which provide private outdoor transitions from inside to out. A new carport structure with an extra bathroom and secure storage in the garden doubles as an entertaining and play area.
Eva-Marie Prineas founded Architect Prineas in 2004. As the Principal Architect, she is a quick problem solver with an ability to make things happen.
Her early career began at Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners, where an exposure to Heritage Conservation areas set the foundation to Architect Prineas’ philosophy on adapting and understanding places that are already special. She also worked at Environa Studio, a practice focusing on sustainable buildings and landscapes, and later co-founded and directed The Superstudio, before starting her own practice.
Outside of practising architecture, Eva-Marie is frequently involved with the industry. She was one of the founders of DARCH – the Australian Institute of Architects group for emerging architects and maintains a role as guest critic at the University of Sydney. Eva-Marie is also an examiner for the architects registration exam at the NSW Board of Architects. In 2007 she was elected onto the NSW Chapter Council for the RAIA and has continued to contribute to numerous juries since, including the Institute of Architects Awards in 2006 and 2013.
Eva-Marie possesses a balanced and organised disposition. Her career is held steady by her family-orientated and active lifestyle. Her well-grounded attitude and values on quality extend to all aspects of her life.
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Bruno Erpicum was the architect entrusted with designing this warehouse conversion. It is now the home of a couple with a passion for architecture who were keen to make one of Düsseldorf’s rare ruins their own. The reconversion was closely overseen by the administrative authorities, since this old factory in the city centre miraculously avoided damage during the many bombings of World War II.
Across from the coachman’s passageway are some garages that stand in front of the entrance court. The court is dotted with screens that flank the entrance and seclude off the “day patio”. The history of the city is reflected in the glass panels, reminding you of the building’s heritage. A facade made entirely of glass stands completely independently of the old structures, showing off their immense scale.
The building is now protected against the elements and complies with energy performance requirements. The study opens boldly onto the garage and gym. The gloss painted furniture designed by architect Bruno Erpicum reflects the structural elements. A vast white space devoid of any accessories houses the sleeping accommodation in the conversion; the rotating door appears to be floating in the air. An enormous living room is arranged between the pilasters that are displayed with pride. The artist’s design highlights the existing brickwork that supports the flagstone roof; here again the wear inflicted over time is openly displayed. The architecture unpretentiously magnifies the materials.
The kitchen is arranged in the exterior deambulatory. The bedroom is housed in a “white box” that has been perfected with the utmost care. It is encircled by a “night patio” illuminated using zenithal light that sweeps across the surrounding brickwork. The light itself becomes a material, rebounding off the objects it touches and reminding us of the building’s history. The walls of the bedroom are perfectly smooth, whereas the bathroom is surrounded by rough pilasters (p. 106-107). A flow of natural light is ensured by the night patio, a space created by the removal of the roof around the edge of the bedroom. Pieces of raw concrete were used to create the bath, shower and washbasin. The starry ceiling over the Turkish bath completes the composition.
AABE (Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners)
AABE (Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners)
Project Team : Philip Olmesdahl, Mark Bullivant & Andrew Moerdyk
The building is conceived as a self-contained, multi-layered landscape of experiences which takes advantage of both Miami’s tropical climate as well the site’s sought-after views; over the India Creek Canal towards the Atlantic ocean.
SAOTA is a firm of architectural designers and technicians including in-house CGI and marketing teams, as well as a strong support staff.
It is driven by the dynamic combination of Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl, Greg Truen, Phillippe Fouché and Mark Bullivant who share a potent vision easily distinguished in their design.
This, paired with both an innovative and dedicated approach to the execution of projects, has seen SAOTA become an internationally sought-after brand. Capitalising on a unique understanding of an ever-evolving industry, SAOTA continues to build on past experiences and is well positioned to offer expert services to the corporate, institutional, commercial and residential marketplace.
With strong roots in South Africa, 85 % of SAOTA’s clientele is now international with cities like Moscow, Sydney, Miami, Dubai and Lagos becoming an increasing source of both interest and business. What has truly been the momentum behind this success is the meeting of function and form, the balance of the needs of their clients and the pursuit of true architectural design.
Ensuring that clients see significant returns on their projects has led to not only a growing client base, but repeat commissions. The focus on achieving maximum value has also led to global invitations to design, build and create highly prestigious projects. The philosophy of practice is embodied in the spirit of enquiry that flourishes amongst its staff.
This spirit not only guides the firm, but enables it to maintain its position as definitive designers in a highly competitive and fast-changing industry. Increased exposure to the global marketplace has seen SAOTA flourish as cities and contexts allow for infinite inspiration which can be seen radiating from the approach to design.
The QL House is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Algarve, on the Portuguese southern coast, a singular presence in an essentially residential neighbourhood. From where it was erected it is possible to see captivating surroundings: golf courses, residences, the estuary and, dominating the background, the Atlantic Ocean.
The QL House project was an exercise in balancing spaces and landscape integration. The articulation of two overlapping and perpendicular spaces generated not only a particular spacial dynamic, but also different visual relations between full and empty, light and dark – caused by the dynamic of shadows – between private areas, semi-private areas and the view of the surrounding landscape.
Two stories and a basement encapsulate a precise functional program: garden, swimming pool, sun room, living and dining room, bathrooms, a regular kitchen and a summer kitchen, four bedrooms, an office and space for a playroom.
Circulation takes place through a continuous stairway along the indoor garden, which illuminates all the indoor spaces in this home. This nuclear garden structures the direct interaction between the entire indoors and the outdoors, gifting all spaces of the QL House with the luxury of natural lighting.
The spaces were designed to create constant and singular relations between the indoor and outdoor spaces, in a permanent and multifaceted dialogue.
The bedrooms, on the first floor, face the green surrounding landscape, and take advantage of the terrace on the roof of the living room and summer kitchen in order to create areas for contemplation on the top floor. The space occupied by the bedrooms extends in both directions beyond the bounds of the first floor, hovering over the empty space, in a serene and quiet balance.
On one side, a balanced veranda greets the main entrance to the house, on the other side, a pergola provides shade for the living area by the pool and living room, making particularly hot summers more enjoyable.
The main entrance to the house is through a door of unusual dimensions, in line with the imposing scale – one of the singular features of this architectural piece.
White concrete walls formalize the spaces in the QL House, in a chromatic mimicry of the buildings in this region of Portugal – designed with a particularly hot climate in mind.
The natural cork lining, a traditional Portuguese material, is articulated in the connection between the space and the land. The bedrooms, on the other hand, feature slats and motorized metallic shutters in their lateral openings, which filter light without making it impossible to contemplate the surrounding landscape, surely one of the valuable assets of the QL House.
The project was structured primarily with the goal of valuing the relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces, the creation of complicities between the user and the landscape, and the former with the created space.
Visioarq Architects is an architecture and design office that is the reflection of its professionals and its vision of Architecture as an essential discipline to order space from objectives. Our highly motivated and qualified architects and designers fully recognize the importance of professional commitment and creativity.
With a large and diversified portfolio, Visioarq develops and executes from 1998, major projects with intervention in the areas of equipment such as Hospitals, Office and Public Buildings, as well as numerous interventions in the Commercial and Residential areas.
With the systematic use of 3D photorealism from a very early stage, Visioarq has always allowed the anticipation of reality, allowing its clients a true partnership relationship in which it is possible to anticipate, modify and “feel” the work while still in the design phase.
The challenge for this 7,500 square foot home on a two acre, waterfront lot in North Haven was to create a design that would take full advantage of the views across Sag Harbor to the southeast, while drawing late day sun through the house and onto multiple outdoor entertaining spaces as long as possible.
Entry to the house is gained by passing under a second floor bedroom wing – the ceremonial ‘threshold’ – into an open air courtyard, at which point the first views through a 1 ½ story glass great room reveal the patio spaces, pool and the harbor beyond.
Floor to ceiling, wall to wall glass panels open on both sides of the great room to create a true, indoor/outdoor lifestyle and allow the courtyard to expand the entertaining space for large events. A roof deck and outdoor fireplace over the one story wing allows for late day/early evening sunsets without interrupting views from any second floor spaces.
The 8 bedroom, eight and a half bath house includes a gym, office, family room and multiple outdoor spaces and is clad in a combination of limestone panels, mahogany and glass.
Blaze Makoid Architecture
Blaze Makoid Architecture
Modern architecture. Modern life. Award-winning architect Blaze Makoid has made a career of designing resort-like weekend homes for high-profile clients.
Blaze Makoid has been practicing architecture and design since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. His company Blaze Makoid Architecture, located in Bridgehampton, NY, was established in 2001 and since its inception has created sophisticated, luxury residential architecture in the most sought after locations.
The firm’s work has been recognized in The New York Times, Architect magazine, Hamptons Cottage & Gardens, Beach, Ocean Home, and the Robb Report for designs that acknowledge the lifestyle and day-to-day experience their clients’ desire on beautiful, yet demanding sites.
Blaze and the firm have received numerous national and international design awards, including The Long Island AIA Commendation Achievement in Residential Design; The AIA Peconic Honor Award; The Boston Society of Architects’ First Citation; and the Philadelphia AIA Honor Award for Excellence.
Blaze Makoid Architecture
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Located in Palm Springs, Ca, this home seeks to integrate the existing landscape and dramatic mountain scenery with indoor/outdoor living. The existing 1950’s home was tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac and demanded privacy. The mechanical systems were starting to fail and the finished grade at pool and deck were above the home’s finished floor, rendering the home at risk for potential flooding that could occur under heavy rain. Replacing the unserviceable home became more logical than trying to rehabilitate it.
Focus then shifted to working around the existing landscape which included a koi pond that was maintained and fenced off during the construction process. Regrettably, a mature Italian Stone Pine tree had to be cut down as its roots were invasive and too close to the new foundation location; it has graciously been repurposed as table bases used throughout the site (observe main table in Lanai and small tables at pavilion).
Upon passing the split-face, concrete block feature wall and entering the home, a forthright composition of clean and durable materials is revealed as a backdrop to the client’s highly refined tactile finishes. Clerestory windows were used throughout the main living area to capture mountain views, while maintaining the desired privacy from the street.
Passive design strategies are apparent in the space with generous south-facing glazing, operable windows throughout that allow for cross ventilation, and deep overhangs providing abundant shade during summer months while allowing desired warmth into the home during cooler winter months.
The client requested a great room program, but with a visual separation from the kitchen. The challenge to integrate an enclosed working kitchen within the large open space, was achieved by a lower ceiling volume wrapping the kitchen and separating it from the dining room while keeping it open to the abundant backyard views. In targeting to have a seamless indoor/outdoor living experience, spaces often revolved around outdoor spaces as is the case with the great room, office, and master bedroom hinging off of the lanai.
Keeping true to the site topography, the master bedroom takes advantage of existing site conditions by sitting 18 inches higher than lower finished floor. The master bedroom is accessed through the office “bridge”. A palette of authentic and durable materials give the home a robustness contrasted by graceful finishes. The preserved landscape provided the finished design with an immediate mature feel not often experienced in a newly constructed home.
My architecture should provide quality, comfort, and design enabling the highest quality of life”. These words spoken by the architect Egon Meier perfectly apply to the object number 254. This is a family residence newly built in the Zürich area of Switzerland. According to the office of Meier architects the client is always the centre of focus when designing any architectural space. According to their philosophy object 254 offers very spacious living in an almost sculptural composition.
From the outside the building presents a clean white facade with large glass windows. This creates a strong connection between inside and outside. A terrace, partly covered is located on the first floor which can be enjoyed all year round. It also offers a fine view of the garden and pool area.
On the inside the lines are straight, pure and reduced to a minimal form. Particular attention has been given to the functionality of all rooms. The kitchen, dining and living rooms are conveniently interconnected to facilitate communication and entertainment.
Materials and colors are based on nature. Wood, stone and natural brown ceramic tiles shape this dwelling and create a welcoming and warm yet elegant ensemble.
The house is built on a narrow trapezoid lot, bordering a small green public park with ancient Eucalyptus trees. The clients wanted the park to be seen as a continuation of their own private garden – The house was designed in an “L” shape to wrap around the swimming pool, facing the public park.
The longer side of the house (28 meters) contains the living room, the dining area and the kitchen, while the shorter side contains the bedroom. The connection between the two sides is a double space containing the lobby.
Vitrines are installed throughout the inner side of the house, enabling a direct connection with the outdoors. Additionally, to provide maximal openness, the vitrines are disconnected from the columns.
Glass corners in the living room and bedrooms are free of any constructive elements to allow full access to the garden.
To soften the overall look of the large building so that it feels as if it’s a part of the neighborhood, the house was designed as two separate masses, one on top of the other, with the first floor being shorter than the ground floor, creating a kind of ridge. On this floor are four children’s suits with rooftop balconies. Two suits on each side of the house are connected with a bridge. The bridge goes across the double space of the lobby overlooking the entrance on one side and the swimming pool on the other.
The basement has two additional children’s suits facing the well-lit English courtyard and the home theater.
Careful attention was given to the climate and choice of materials. The northern (back) facade is open and coated in Cedar wood, while the southern (front) facade is more enclosed, with electrical vertical louvers that allow for better climate control, with the option to close or open it as they see fit.
Casa Mimosa is the new hotel by the H10 hotel chain. It is located in a listed building on Pau Claris street in Barcelona, and in the same block as Gaudi’s Casa Mila building, having privileged views.
The idea of this new project was to design a timeless hotel that respects and integrates the original elements of the building, by blending them with contemporary and cosmopolitan components. The new elements have natural colors and noble materials to provide soberness and comfort in all spaces. Reclaimed elements, originally found in the building, such as: the entrance door, coffered ceilings, marquetry floorings, moldings, wainscots and fireplaces, create an ambience filled with traditional objects in contrast with new elements. The direct connection between both interior and exterior spaces, emphasized by the driveway of the horse drawn coaches to the old stables, establishes an immediate visual relationship from the entrance to the inner courtyard garden, where the aesthetics of those romantic gardens, typically found in the patios of Barcelona´s Ensanche District, have been kept. It is worth mentioning the existence of a direct connection between both interior and exterior spaces, respecting the driveway of the horse drawn coaches to the old stables, and establishing a direct visual relationship from the entrance to the garden of the inner courtyard.
Rooms are intended to welcome guests and make them feel at home, enhancing natural light and providing warmth with the materials chosen.
The graphic work selected for the project is by Emilio Lekuona, a photographer who made a photographic coverage of the building before beginning the construction works.
Tarruella Trenchs Studio
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Tarruella Trenchs Studios
Sandra Tarruella and Ricard Trenchs have a combined 40 years of project management and interior design experience and have personally worked on and overseen well over 100 projects, some of which have created a great impact in both the media and in the design community. They have been awarded some of the industries highest accolades and have been recognised not only in the media, but also in the hospitality and design press and used as a resource for conferences & lectures. They lead a youthful team that includes designers and professionals from varying disciplines and have positioned the firm as an interior design reference both in Spain and internationally.
Sandra Tarruella began her career in 1984 with the design of El Mordisco, the first restaurant founded by Grupo Tragaluz Restaurants. In 1992 she founded her
first studio, Tarruella-Lopez, which she successfully ran until 2009 at which time, with the help of Ricard Trenchs, she opened Sandra Tarruella Interioristas.
Ricard Trenchs is a skilled architect and designer with a knack for team building and project management and Sandra recognized these skills early in Ricard´s career and entrusted him as Managing Director of Sandra Tarruella Interioristas from its inception. They have worked together now for 12 years and are very proud to announce that the company will officially incorporate Ricard Trenchs into the brand to form Tarruella Trenchs Studio.
Tarruella Trenchs Studio offers a variety of services and works with a team of collaborators and reliable contractors that covers all phases of project development, from initiation until the end of the construction process (including but not limited to: architecture, interior design, graphic design, naming, merchandising, landscaping and all things related to the technical side of things from budgets to permits).
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As a direct response to the location, the new house is located “next to” the island, occupying a low rock area that had no useful qualities apart from gathering up debris from surrounding areas.
The building creates a site on stilts that latches onto the island to unite the new with the old. The new surface is then occupied with two volumes, one low volume housing bedrooms and bathrooms, and one taller roof spanning across to create a shelter for kitchen, dining and living.
Floor levels undulate and respond to the joining rock and all circulation is outdoors. The timber structure is all visible and forms the exterior as well as the interior. Glulam beams span from inside to outside and together with raw steel columns and a white concrete fireplace and bathroom shape and colour the interior.
Solid galvanized steel columns (Ø64mm), which are drilled straight into the rock with no other foundation, carry the “new site” that the house sits on. The low volume is a simple post and beam structure, whereas the tall roof is a cantilevered structure carried on minimal posts with wind bracing solved at the gables in triangular elements in wood (also used for sun shading) that are bolted to the rock.
2015 HC&G Innovation in Design Award, Runner-up in Architecture Category
ICRAVE was tapped by Amagansett homeowner, Alex May, to transform the outdoor area and pool house at his two-story weekend house into a lavish pool and spa retreat ideal for entertaining in the hot summer months.
A stunning wood and steel structure creates a modern indoor outdoor oasis featuring three open, yet defined living areas. On either side are two enclosed cedar shingled boxes, one a bedroom and one a spa, with a connected roof stretching over the central entertainment area. The structure is scaled proportionately to the length of the rectangular pool, with a beach entrance and deep lap lane, highlighting it as the main focal point for the outdoor space.
Airy white curtains surround the bedroom, offering privacy while continuing to blur the line between indoors and outdoors. The room itself contains splashes of color throughout, including a large beach scene mural, vibrant blue pillows, and large brass Moroccan pendant light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. In the center lies a sunken mezzanine, creating a romantic lounge outfitted with a dark steel fireplace, outdoor grill, and large, intricately carved wooden daybed and ottoman. The spa room, located to the right of the mezzanine, offers the owner and his guests a pristine wellness and relaxation center. The Jacuzzi Sasha made by Purificare and designed by Alberto Apostoli features three pre-designed modules in a maple wood palette, including a sauna, shower, and hammam option.
The 400-square-foot modern summer retreat brings nature indoors with its open and airy layout. The serene backdrop, paired with upscale amenities, offers an all-day entertainment zone for its resident and guests.
Known for creative, high-energy environments that actively engage visitors, ICRAVE has mastered the art of experience design, melding operational, digital, and physical elements across a spectrum of diverse spaces.
Helmed by Lionel Ohayon since 2002, ICRAVE has designed award-winning hospitality, airport, development, and healthcare projects, partnering with high profile brands such as W Hotels, MGM, Disney Dream, Hilton, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Summit Series, and OTG. Spanning a number of industries, ICRAVE’s notable projects include Le District, LaGuardia’s Delta Terminal C & D, The Summit at Powder Mountain, STK Restaurants, Provocateur, and more.
With expertise in architectural design, strategy, and lighting, ICRAVE is credited with reinventing the modern day airport experience, reimagining cancer care, and transforming New York’s Meatpacking District through creating some of the most iconic nightlife of the last decade.
A redesign of the 120 suites at The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental in Central. The goal was to design bedrooms with an understated but sophisticated luxury where guests could find sanctuary from the city. The palette of soft materials, neutral colours and subtle references to nature, make for rooms that feel light and contemporary – more special than domestic bedrooms, and of course extremely comfortable.
“We used craft techniques and played with natural patterns to add a layer of tactility, which helps make guests feel at home. The bed cocoons guests for an added layer of privacy.”
Since the dawn of history, ‘public’ architecture – the architecture constructed by institutions of church and state, served as a tool in shaping the consciousness of the masses. Its massive dimensions, layout of spaces, and choice of materials, were all done with the objective of creating in the viewer and visitor a sense of moving between dimensions – from the day-to-day, the simple and the often inferior – to a place that is sublime, inspiring and of awesome majesty – homes to those among the people raised to privilege– the representatives of God on earth.
The Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt, influenced by the Nile which flows in linear manner, designed their temples as a voluminous physical experience. En route, temple visitors move over long stretches that become more convoluted and ever deeper, passing through spaces where each exposes a clue to the next, and where each transition appears to take you closer to the exalted and the shocking, which only the favored will get to see.
Western modern architecture sought to break free of its propaganda-based foundations and serve as a reflection of the values of a society, its culture, and its technological capabilities. It is intended to serve the public and the objectives of a nation’s government – no longer in the form of holy places, but as functional public buildings that are welcoming and democratic in nature. Accordingly, the importance of changing the mind-set of the visitor has been almost entirely absent from the design discourse in recent centuries.
When it comes to ‘grassroots architecture’ – namely, the architecture used in planning private residences – the experience of a change in consciousness upon entering a house is hardly ever thought of nowadays in the design process, having lost its importance quite some time ago. The living spaces and the living room are thus made as one piece, separated from the street by nothing more than a door, both physically and metaphorically.
The house under discussion here is about this experience. It is this dynamic that is generated in its design, explaining it to the visitor simply by placing him or her at its center from the first moment they stand in front of the facade facing the street — an opaque monolithic slab, covered in dark stone. The impermeability of the wall is softened by an avenue of young trees directing the visitor along the length of the paved footpath, directly into an inner courtyard surrounded by a semi-opaque stretch of wood, the first in a series of internal courtyards that form a key principle in the design of the house.
Walking along the path, as indeed the entry into the enclosed grounds, is part of the process of separating from the outside world and contemplating the present moment more deeply. Full attention can now be given to the structure, captured in its spaces like a prisoner – as we stand in front of a large, transparent curtain wall on which we can observe what is going on in the house in absolute transparency, something reserved for visitors invited because they appreciate such loveliness.
Although the facade facing the street is designed as an opaque mass and seems to hold an enigmatic secret, as soon as one crosses the line of the wooden ‘arbours’, the spaces of the house are suddenly visible in all their simplicity. The process of stepping into opaqueness and then catching sight of the private interior as it emerges from the sealed, the hidden, and the monolithic, into an open and light-filled space, would almost seem to confirm that you have entered the place now exposed – the private parts of the house. Here the geometry is simple and minimalist, and is clean and transparent in its form and materials, almost as if it were someone that had turned all his cards face up on the table.
The other internal courtyards, as well as the glass balustrade that encloses the swimming pool, separating it from the other outside spaces, seemingly bring together all the visitor’s experiences into a focused and penetrating experience, one that clearly spells out the boundaries of what is permitted and possible, and defines the house as a private and intimate experience.