House in Tarragona by Studio Dom Arquitectura

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Location: Tarragona, Spain
Surface: 270 m2
Year: 2018



Architect: Pablo Serrano Elorduy Studio Dom Arquitectura
Interior: Blanca Elorduy Studio Dom Arquitectura
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White ribbon rests above the stone wall

Tarragona’s historical stone construction tradition, as well as the image of the Roman city walls, made us decide to treat the house’s ground floor as a dry stone plinth emerging from the ground.

The pine forest where the land is located creates a series of vertical and repetitive shadowy traces of trunks, branches and leaves. The light that sifts through the forest generates pleasant atmospheres of lights and shadows.

The first floor’s white volume, as a purer and lighter piece, rests on the stone base. Like a white ribbon, it seems to break up softly on the south facade as voids, terraces, white lattices and pergolas appear. These elements filter the light, more geometrically, but generating similar atmospheres as those of the natural environment. On the bedrooms’ terraces the lattices provide us more privacy.

The slightly sloping terrain forces us to compose the house on 3 levels, the entrance, the ground floor and terraces and garden. Integrating the position of the house to the existing ground. Its L-shaped plan embraces the space, creating a visually enclosed environment, whilst integrating it in the natural one. This move converts the rest of the garden in an area of ​​enjoyment.

The two very contrasting types of facades, the white and the stone, are related in balance. The white facade made with a single layer of mortar and paint on thermal insulation panels prevents thermal bridges and guarantees the climate efficiency of the house. The stone facade is placed on prefabricated concrete panels. The prefabrication allows for a relative easy in construction system, reducing time, cost and waste generated on site.

The ground floor layout encompasses the house’s main rooms: living room, dining room and kitchen. This floor possesses wide-open spaces, giving maximum visual continuity with the outside terraces. The first floor overlooks the sea. This floor hosts the bedrooms, forming terraces to south protecting the interior facade from direct solar radiation during the warmer months.

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The Studio Dom Arquitectura is located in Barcelona, where architectural works, landscaping interventions, ephemeral installations, interior design and refurbishments, and renovations, both in Spain and abroad are created, projected and developed.

Pablo Serrano Elorduy (Barcelona, 1979), during his studies at ETSAB Barcelona, he carried out the course “Cátedra Blanca” coordinated by Carlos Ferrater, with whom he later worked in his studio in 2003. He graduated as an architect in 2004 and in 2005 he worked at Scott Brownrigg Architecture Office in London.

Back in Barcelona, Pablo worked in Bach Arquitectes studio until 2006, when he began his own career as an architect, and in 2009 founded Dom Arquitectura.

The studio won the ideas competition for the Music School “Taller de Musics” in Barcelona. Since 2010 the studio has expanded working on projects all around Spain and abroad in other countries such as Saudi Arabia, China, Angola, Brazil and the UK.

In 2014 studies the Passivhaus module, from the Master of Sustainable Design and Architecture Bioclimatic to nearly zero energy buildings.

Blanca Elorduy (Bilbao, 1951), studied Interior Designer Interior at Llar School of Interior in 1972, where she later taught. Since then she has exercised as interior designer in refurbishments of premises, homes, offices and restaurants among others. Blanca has an extensive experience in landscape architecture, with several projects in gardens, houses and renovation.


CONTACT

dom arquitectura
Studio Dom
Bordeus 22-24, Low Floor
08029 Barcelona
+34 93 410 08 14
info@dom-arquitectura.com

Pablo
+34 610 94 51 33
pabloserrano@coac.net

Blanca
+34 607 26 27 49
blancaelorduy@gmail.com


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Casa VN by Guillem Carrera Arquitecte

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Location: Alella, Spain

Year: 2018



Architects: Guillem Carrera

Collaborators: Daniel Marcelo, Indibil Solans, Lara Arin, Meritxell Anglès, Zero Consulting, Estudi Cuyas 38 SL, Geotec, Altipla Serveis Topogràfics SLP, Pentadom Edificios Inteligentes, Massoni SL, Zinco Cubiertas Ecológicas SL, Nou Concepte Interiors SL, Soloconfort SLU,  Alumilux & Metal.lux, Oficrea, Luxiform Il·luminació,  Inelsa Zener, Albert Pons

Contractor: Garcia Riera SL

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Alella is a municipality located between the Mediterranean Sea and the coastal mountain range: in a relatively short distance, the orography of the territory rises from the sea level to 400 meters high. Due to this situation, sloping areas were historically organized on terraces stabilized with stonewalls, to be cultivated. The territory outside the urban nucleus was structured by means of large farms, where large houses with different architectural, landscape, social and heritage interests were built in each one of them; those who gave name to each one of the zones that occupied. Subsequently, during the 20th century, the demographic pressure and the change in the economy led to the appearance of several urbanizations that meant the fragmentation of the territory.

The housing lot is located in an enclave between a fragmented and consolidated area with recently built buildings and another area occupied by a historical estate of the ones described above. So that it transitions between a landscape before the 20th century and another one of the present century. In its initial state, the lot presents a composition more typical of the historical landscape than fragmented. Being stabilized horizontally by means of three longitudinal containment walls – north / south direction – of three meters of height each, that structure the terrain on three terraces. It also contains an old dry stone chapel and a series of vegetation and consolidated own trees, with an interest in being conserved.

Maintaining the original character of the place becomes the main project premise. To preserve the soul and the morphology, to preserve each one of those things that make it unique and characteristic: the terraces, the retaining walls, the different elements of pre-existing vegetation and the dry stone chapel. These elements are delimited and identified to be preserved in the plant and once they have been delimited, a respectful implementation of housing directly on the existing land is established, so that the house coexists and interacts spatially and functionally with these elements. The resulting ensemble seeks to be a whole, timeless and heterogeneous, that is part of the place and the landscape. Likewise, it is proposed to naturalize the unbuilt spaces and rehabilitate and re-landscape landscaping.

The housing program consists of a living room, dining room, kitchen, rooms, studios, bathrooms, cinema, wellness area, parking for vehicles and spaces for storage, services and facilities; with a constructed surface resulting from 869m2, and therefore, a size more typical of the old stately houses existing in the municipality of Alella than of the houses built in the last half century. Due to the dimensions of the program, a strategy of implementation and hybrid landscape integration is included which includes two concepts: harmonization and monumentalization. The harmonization in terms of using the same stone in the area with which the chapel is made to finish pre-existing retaining walls, plant new Mediterranean vegetation in line with the existing one and place wood and stone together with elements of water. And the monumentalization to create a monolithic structure of reinforced concrete, punctually supported by steel pillars and lime mortar lined with the will to be a Mediterranean sculpture that emerges from a natural field that maintains its historical roots.

When analyzing the program and the size of the housing required, the volumetry is implemented through two floors in each preexisting terrace, concentrating the larger volumetrics on the two lower terraces, so that the terrace most visually exposed has the smaller volumetry. The house is structured in four differentiated levels: 181, 184, 187 and 190. The floor level 181 contains parking, wellness space, and storage areas; the floor level 184 contains the day zone; the floor level 187 contains the night area and the floor level 190 contains a study that connects with a green terrace. Each one of the rooms focuses on the different visuals that the landscape offers: the sea, the valley, the olive fields and the small neighbouring pond. As for the pre-existing stonewalls, once rehabilitated and covered with dry stone from the area, they go through the house coinciding with the most relevant spaces. The covers are landscaped with varying degrees of inclination, with the intention of visually collecting the landscape, pretending to be part of it and also pretending that from a bird sight the presence of the house is not perceived, but rather a completely naturalized terrain.

The housing structure itself provides solutions of passive solar architecture, through porches of different dimensions and pergolas of wooden beams on the southern facade. Rainwater from landscaped covers is collected in buried deposits and reused for irrigation of the unbuilt garden area. In addition, the house integrates a system of air conditioning through aerothermal technology and double-flow ventilation, which, together with the natural thermal insulation of the covers, the home automation installation, the construction system itself and the exhaustive study of the composition of the different skins of the building; they have made this house to have obtained an energy certification A.

The equipment of the house is resolved by incorporating integrated furniture that enhances the spaces in which it is part. Regarding the final materiality, it is proposed that this generates a cozy, friendly and connected home with the outside. Made with openings and pavement with stony texture that goes through the house from outside to inside and from inside to outside, and the use of neutral colours and warm wood for the rest of the materials.

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CONTACT

GUILLEM CARRERA  arquitecte

Fra Antoni Cardona i Grau, 7, Local 1, 43002, TARRAGONA

T +34 977 920 656

M +34 678 157 483

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Kuhlman Road Residence by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

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Location: Houston, Texas, USA

Size: 5,934 sf with 600 sf guest house

Year: 2016



Architects: Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

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A professional couple purchased a two-acre wooded site in an exclusive neighborhood where traditional houses with grand entrances oriented to the street are typical. The clients desired a modern house providing California-style indoor-outdoor living – to the degree possible in Houston’s harsh climate, where summers are hot and humid and winters are wet. The mostly one-story plan takes advantage of the large site and creates strong connections to the outdoors with large expanses of glass interspersed with limestone masses. The couple opted for privacy by installing a driveway to locate their house deep within the flat property, making it invisible from the road. Dining and entertaining areas feature floor-to-ceiling glass pivot doors. The master bedroom, master bath and study all open out to secluded gardens. A two-story children’s wing with playroom, music room and study area overlooks a double-height family great room.  Summer heat and heavy rainfall are managed with deep roof overhangs and slatted sunscreens shielding glazed surfaces. Materials included Texas limestone and Rheinzink, with poured concrete floors and custom back-painted glass cabinets indoors. At the entrance court, a large Rheinzink wall which morphs into the garage doors separates guest parking from the house, ensuring tranquility in the house and gardens.

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Led by Partners STEVEN EHRLICH, FAIA; TAKASHI YANAI, FAIA; PATRICIA RHEE, AIA; MATHEW CHANEY, AIA; and supported by eight Principals, Associate Principals and Associates, EYRC Architects’ design philosophy starts with a profound respect for a building’s inhabitants. This humanistic approach, referred to as MULTICULTURAL MODERNISM, has permeated the firm’s culture since the beginning, informing every creation and every interaction.

Honored with the AIA NATIONAL FIRM AWARD in 2015, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (formerly Ehrlich Architects) is a versatile practice that has earned an international reputation for design excellence and an exemplary professional culture. Founded in 1979 as a tiny residential studio, the Los Angeles-based firm is a 40 member team that has mastered building types ranging in scale from houses to courthouses, including libraries, university centers, corporate and government facilities. EYRC Architects has been recognized with more than 150 awards including nine national AIA awards, and the title of AIA California Council Firm of the Year in 2003. more


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10865 WASHINGTON BLVD
CULVER CITY, CA
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Ranch House by The Archers

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Location: Beverly Hills, California, USA
Year: 2016

Architects: The Archers


A rambling fifties ranch house within a canyon setting was extensively remodeled in the nineteen eighties, with unfortunate results. In lieu of restoration, which seemed implausible, we opted to keep the Beverly Hills ‘ranch’ vernacular but translate it through modernism. We looked to Eero Saarinen’s 1957 Miller House for cues on incorporating modern details – framing, casework and material combinations – within a postmodern ranch vocabulary. The new interior is highly detailed and precise, with a complex system of posts, beams and brickwork, all painted in many subtle shades and finishes of white, from dead-flat to high-gloss lacquer.

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Founded by Richard Petit and Stephen Hunt in 2002, The Archers is a team of designers, architects, artists, and cinephiles based in Los Angeles, California. The studio’s work comprises buildings, interiors and furnishings for private homes and public spaces.

The Archers is historically minded and research oriented, and although the scale and nature of the studio’s work varies dramatically, every project shares a commitment to authenticity, resonance of material, and experimentation rooted in precedent. Site-specific furniture and finishes are a defining aspect of the studio’s projects.

The Archers borrows its name from the production company of British filmmakers Powell & Pressburger. Like its namesake, the studio is collaborative and aspires to innovate. Using experience, passion and keen judgement, The Archers strive to make every space the only one of its kind.


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849 S Broadway #PH1
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Bartram Residence by Mountford Architects

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Program:
New Home, Pool, New Gardens, Environmental Systems


Location: Southwest, Western Australia
Floor area: 420 sqm
Site area: 9150 sqm

Year: 2018



Architects: Mountford Architects

Team: Ben Mountford, Mark Petley, Carlson Jean Charles, Sarah Henneveld

Photography: Stephen Nicholls Photography and Jody Darcy



The home was commissioned by a florist and an engineer. Sited near bushland on a broad expanse of the Swan River Basin, the design transplants the functional geometry of the European farm quadrangle to the new house while still enjoying its West Australian bush setting. The fourth side of the quadrangle, traditionally a building housing farm machinery, has been replaced instead by a row-planted picking garden designed for the owner by landscape architect Realm Studios.

The house comprises of strong forms hewn from the local limestone. Inside, the inhabitants will enjoy long sight lines and views framed around the 300+ year old paper bark trees. The interior spaces are set up to reflect the play of light and shadow and abstractions of the West Australian bush as the sun’s arc projects them across interior walls.

This home has been thoughtfully designed to provide well considered, well appointed shelter to accommodate the owners’ rural lifestyle.

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123 Aberdeen Street
Northbridge
Perth, 6003

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P +61 8 9227 8664
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Orient House V by Ryall Sheridan Architects

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Location: Orient, New York

Area: 3275 square feet

Year: 2016



Architects: Ryall Sheridan Architects



The owners purchased 15 acres of tidal wetlands and former potato fields with the intention of building a house that would respond to and directly connect to its surrounding landscape. Even though most of the land was untouched by construction, the entire property was restored to a natural state by removing non-native invasives and adding indigenous plants. Because of the ever-increasing severity of storm surges, the owners agreed to raise the main living floor ten feet above the natural grade which consequently allows for wide, unobstructed views over the protected wetlands of Peconic Bay. The guest rooms, half a flight below, open out to the meadow which has been gently raised to protect these rooms from floodwaters.
The design incorporated European low-energy design details and materials which allow all building systems to be electrically powered and offset by a solar panel array.

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Ryall Sheridan Architects


Ryall Sheridan Architects designs projects which include new construction, renovations of existing structures, interior design, and additions to historic structures. Partners Bill Ryall and Ted Sheridan collaborate with the studio team to serve the various requirements of clients. Current and recent projects include a new sound recording studio near Brattleboro VT, the conversion of an 1880s tenement building into an artist’s foundation in New York City, and various residences in New York State, Vermont, Long Island, Virginia, and loft, townhouse, and apartment renovations in NYC. All projects incorporate strategies for implementing environmentally-friendly, sustainable design. The studio works on projects beginning with the conceptual design phase, and following through with comprehensive working drawings and specifications, pricing of the work with contractors, construction supervision, and furniture installation. The firm has successfully produced commercial, institutional, and residential projects that have benefited from a close working relationship between client and all members of the project team.
Ryall Sheridan Architects is likely to be the first office in North America in which all people are certified as Passive House designers.


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Ryall Sheridan Architects 

info@ryallsheridan.com
+1 646 809 4343
174 Fifth Avenue 300
New York, NY 10010


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Lantern House Waiheke by Herbst Architects

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Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Year: 2018



Awards

NZIA Auckland Architecture Award 2018

HOME magazine home of the year best interior 2018



Architects: Herbst Architects

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The brief was for a primary residence for a couple without children with provision for occasionally used guest accommodation for friends visiting from overseas.
The site as presented was a steep slope with magnificent sea and coastal views to the east into which a building platform had already been cut, with its associated timber pile retaining wall.
Our primary response was to separate the building into two components, a lower level accommodating the permanently used portion of the house and an upper level for the guest accommodation.
We stretched the living functions and main bedroom along the contour of the land projecting forward and leaving the previously cut platform open to set up the primary outdoor area which is sheltered from the prevailing katabatic winds and orientated to North and west for afternoon and evening sun.
The view face is articulated as a continuous window seat which crops the landscape view and facilities a view down to the coast below.
The upper level of guest accommodation is set at right angles to the lower pavilion and sets up a third edge to the courtyard as well as articulating a covered entrance sequence.

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Herbst Architects


Lance & Nicola Herbst met whilst studying architecture at the University of Cape Town. After graduating they worked partly together and partly independently on projects in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand in 1998 and established Herbst Architects in 2000.

One of the couples first projects was their own bach, on Great Barrier Island, for which the received the New Zealand Institute of Architects Award in 2002. The Island is now home to eight of their houses – all off the grid – each designed to have minimal impact on the environment.


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Herbst Architects

Level 2 “The Wedge”

80 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby

Auckland, New Zealand

tel: +64 9 3779106

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Z House by Ronnie Alroy Architects

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Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Area:  450 m2

Year: 2017



Architects: Ronnie Alroy Architects

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A private house in a beautiful rural surrounding. A 4k plot defined the project as a park with a house within.

The house contains only 450 sqm of ground floor in a Z shape which creates front and back yards.

The landscaping is comprised of slabs and walls of exposed concrete.

The pool stretches from the house creating endless serenity reflecting the house and the park.

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e mail ronnie@ra-a.co

tel. 09.9580.780

Kibbutz Shefaim

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Toro Canyon House by Bestor Architecture

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Location: Santa Barbara County, California, US

Year: 2012



Architects: Bestor Architecture

Photography: Laure Joliet, John Ellis



There is a dramatic and winding approach up through the landscape that keeps the compound hidden until the last moment. The site strategy is one of slow revelation and discovery of the house and- ultimately- the view. The road, which had to be built for access, brings the visitor to a point below the house- where a formal stair leads up to the entry sequence. The front door frames and reveals views of the Santa Barbara coastline through the courtyard.

A 40’ wide horizontal ‘panavison’-esque opening gives the house a pavilion-like atmosphere. The dwelling is organized around three courtyards, the primary one at the heart of the house also serves as the front entrance and outdoor living room. The courtyards have a dual purpose: they bring in ample natural light and ventilation but also provide protection from the strong winds that can race across the mountain.

A pool house that is nestled into the hill has a custom solar shade structure whose digitally created pattern is designed to maximize shade as the sun reaches its high points.

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Bestor Architecture


Bestor Architecture is based in Los Angeles and was founded by Barbara Bestor, FAIA in 1995. Bestor Architecture has designed a number of award-winning projects including headquarters for Beats by Dre and Nasty Gal, Blackbirds, a groundbreaking new typology for dense housing in Echo Park, and a variety of experimental residences and commercial establishments. The varied, creative, and aesthetically progressive body of work expands the territory of architecture into atmospheric urbanism.


CONTACT

Bestor Architecture
2030 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

 

 

Peconic House by Studio Mapos

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Location: Hampton Bays, New York, US
Size: 4,000 Sq ft
Year: 2016



Architecture, interior design, lighting: Studio Mapos
Landscape design: John Beitel
Photography: © Michael Moran



After successfully completing the New York offices for a family-owned French global beauty brand, Mapos was asked to design a family retreat for the founders on a stunning 5-acre waterfront site overlooking Peconic Bay in the Hamptons. Mapos was challenged by the clients to create a timeless design for a multi-generational family which would celebrate the site, incorporate the latest in sustainable design strategies and technology, and exude beauty.

The family had fallen in love with the existing tree arrangement and natural fauna of the site, particularly an old growth Sycamore in the meadow. Respect for the site was paramount and special care was needed to be taken to minimize site disturbances of any kind. It was collectively decided that there could be no painted sheetrock surfaces anywhere in the home, only true, unfinished materials which would be allowed to patina naturally in the salted air of the Hamptons.

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Studio Mapos


CONTACT

info@studiomapos.com
+1 212 529 5005
2 East Broadway New York, NY 10038


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Jones Residence by A-I-R Architects

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Single-family residential remodel and addition

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, US
Year: 2016



Architects: A-I-R Architects
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A-I-R Architects


Darren Petrucci, Architect
Darren Petrucci

Founded in 2001 by Architect and Principal Darren Petrucci, Architecture – Infrastructure – Research, Inc. is an architecture and urban design firm focused on translating advanced research methods and sustainable practices into elegant design solutions that respond to each client’s particular needs and desires. The firm sees the complex contemporary environmental context of each site as an opportunity for investigation and unique solutions. Trained as both an architect and urban designer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Darren is a Professor in The Design School at Arizona State University, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Global institute of Sustainability, as well as an affiliate faculty in The School of the Future of Innovation in Society. This unique background and expertise in architecture, urban design, the science of sustainability, technology, and materials informs the design practice of A-I-R, Inc. producing cutting-edge, intelligent, and beautiful designs for its clients. A-I-R, Inc. seeks intelligent and enlightened forward-thinking clients who are interested in a collaborative environment that focuses on design solutions that engage individual sites, specific client programs, and environmental conditions.


CONTACT

Darren Petrucci, Architect
airspace@a-i-rinc.com

480.329.1888


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Windward House by Alison Brooks Architects

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Location: Gloucestershire, South West England, United Kingdom

Size: 432 m²

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Positioned on the highest point in Gloucestershire overlooking the Wye Valley, this new house and landscape is conceived as a “gallery with people living in it”, showcasing an extensive collection of African Tribal Art.

Windward House was a late-Georgian farmhouse with several extensions and outbuildings. ABA restored and transformed the interior with a new triple-height gallery space, mezzanine and guest accommodation.

The second phase of the project, the ‘West Wing’, is a 300 m² extension positioned to interlock with the existing farmhouse. It is subtly modelled to echo the undulations of the adjacent meadows, while forming a low-key backdrop to the existing house.

The West Wing is conceived as a series of courtyards, creating sheltered ‘outdoor rooms’ that contrast with the distant landscape seen from upper levels. A carefully choreographed sequence of spaces meander from the transformed Georgian farmhouse to the West Wing’s expanding and contracting volumes. A recessed court shelters the entrance from the south; a deep first floor roof terrace takes in the spectacular view south to the Bristol Channel; the double-height living room overlooks a sloped pool of grasses and perennials.

Rooflights sculpt and funnel light from above, selectively illuminating both spaces and objects below. Walls are positioned to accommodate a number of paintings and a large collection of books. Windows frame the landscape as a work of art, with pieces from the owner’s collection as foreground.

The West Wing re-uses stone found on site, creating a sense of continuity with the landscape. Anthracite cladding, arranged in a variegated pattern, echoes the dark vertical shadows of woodland trees in the nearby Forest of Dean. Supporting a new stone-clad mass above, a mirror polished stainless steel volume reflects the nearby wildflower meadow creating a visual paradox of mass and weightlessness.

ABA is currently working on the third phase of this project, the Pool House, due for completion in 2018.

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Alison Brooks Creative Director
Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks, Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects, is one of the leading architects of her generation. She has developed an international reputation for a multi-award winning body of work since founding the practice in 1996. Born in Ontario, Canada in 1962, she moved to London in 1988 after graduating with a BES and BArch from the University of Waterloo.

Alison Brooks’ architectural approach emerges from broad cultural research, with each project expressing a specific response to place, community and landscape. This has produced a portfolio of projects of distinct identity encompassing urban design, housing, education and buildings for the arts. Her work has attracted international acclaim for its conceptual rigour, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing, exemplified by the spectacular new Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford.

Alison has become a public voice for the profession advocating the role of housing as civic building, the resurgence of building craft and the use of timber in architecture. In 2017 Alison was appointed as a Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA and selected as Mayors Design Advocate for London. She was honoured with the 2017 AJ 100 Contribution to the Profession Award giving the keynote speech to the UK’s 100 largest practices.

Named in 2012 by Debrett’s as one of ‘Britain’s 500 Most Influential’, Alison Brooks is the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize. She was awarded 2013 Woman Architect of the Year by the Architect’s Journal in recognition of her work in housing, regeneration and education. In 2012 Alison Brooks and her team were awarded Architect of the Year and Housing Architect of the Year.

Alison Brooks is a CABE / Design Council National Design Review Panel Chair and Trustee of Open-City. She was a member of The Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment and the RIBA Awards group from 2010-15, where she was juror for the 2011 Stirling Prize and 2010 Lubetkin Prize. Brooks is currently External Examiner at the Architectural Association where she taught a Diploma Unit from 2008-2010. Alison lectures internationally on architecture and urban design. In 2016 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada.

To mark 21 years since the founding of Alison Brooks Architects she published ‘Ideals then Ideas’; an overview of the practice’s work within conceptual, formal and material themes that have emerged over the past two decades.


CONTACT

Alison Brooks Architects
Unit 610, Highgate Studios, 53–79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL
info@alisonbrooksarchitects.com
+44 (0)207 267 9777


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C3 House by Studio Barclay & Crousse

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Location:  Marina Lancheros, Ancon, Peru

Built surface:  547 m2

Year:  2017



Design Team: Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse

Project Team: E. Zambrano, B. Ruiz

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The house is conceived as a soil extrusion rather than an object in landscape.  Framing views is not a priority, but the creation of a microcosm that allows understanding its unique features by revealing its hidden qualities.

The house breaks up in different volumes that create platforms for life. Four platforms are created: one for cars and services, two sheltering the bedrooms and offering open planted surfaces above, and one dedicated to social activities, covered by a series of concrete vaults that anchor the space underneath to the ground.  By cantilevering the one of them, they seem an unfinished structure, so as the landscape appear to our eyes.

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Sandra Barclay

1967 born in Lima (Peru).  1990 Graduated as Architect at URP (Lima).  1993  Graduated as Architect at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville (France).  1993 Robert Camelot Prize for best Architectural Thesis in France.  2000 Fulbrignt Foundation and American Institute of Architects Fellowship.  2005-2006 Teacher at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris La Villette (Paris, France). 2006 Teacher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.  2012  Participant for Peru at the 13th Venice Biennale. 2013  Master in Territory and Landscape, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile).  2016  Curator of the Peruvian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale.  2018  Architect of the Year Prize, Women in Architecture, by the Architectural Review, London.

Jean Pierre Crousse

1963 Born in Lima (Peru). 1987 Architecture degree at URP (Lima). 1989 graduated at the Politécnico di Milano (Italy).  1999-2006 Teacher at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris Belleville (France). 2006 Teacher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.  2012  Member of the South America Project, GSD – Harvard University.  2012  Participant for Peru at the 13th Venice Biennale.  2013 Master in Territory and Landscape, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile).  2015 Design Critic at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.  2016  Member of the International Jury of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Chicago.  2016  Curator of the Peruvian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale.


CONTACT

Estudio Lima

Choquehuanca 199, Chorrillos

Lima 9 – PERU

+51 1 252 0503

atelier@barclaycrousse.com

Atelier Nord Sud

7, Passage Saint Bernard

75011 Paris – FRANCE

+33 (0)1 40 21 75 28

    +33 (0)1 43 55 80 04

atelier@ateliernordsud.com


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