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

Photography: © Adrià Goula



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

guillemcarrera@coac.net


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Casa Vara by Caprini & Pellerin Architects

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Location: Valbonne, France (French Riviera)

Year: 2018



Architects: Caprini & Pellerin Architects

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Kevin Caprini and Jerry Pellerin Architects

As longtime friends who maintain a mutual respect and admiration, Kevin Caprini and Jerry Pellerin noticed how their differences and complementarities could amount to a successful collaboration. In 2008, they established Caprini & Pellerin and have seen their,teamwork continue to strengthen ever since.,

Kevin Caprini, an architect graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Paris Val de Seine and Marseille Luminy, is a pragmatic and rigorous achiever. Confident, stable and posed, he knows how to simplify and direct creative energies like no other.

Jerry Pellerin, a graduate of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris (ESA), is a passionate character who manages every project as if his life depended on it. A man of taste with undeniable social ease, Jerry has a strong culture of luxury, from decoration to contemporary art.

Both architects gained important experience in renowned architecture agencies such as Matti-Rivière, Wilmotte & Associates, Valode and Pistre, Atelier 2/3/4 as well as a long collaboration with the Collection Privée Architecture agency.

Today, the two men, supported by a multidisciplinary team, manage their projects from their offices in Cannes, France. The studio consists of 5 other DPLG architects, 4 interior designers, 2 construction project managers, an economist, an accountant, a marketing manager, a personal assistant and an incredible network of experienced craftsmen, landscapers and artists.

The agency offers a diverse range of services: planning & feasibility studies, concept design, architecture and interior architecture, renovation and new-build, decoration, landscaping, custom furniture design, purchase of art and vintage furniture for residential, hospitality and retail projects.


CONTACT

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Cannes
France

T+33 4 97 06 94 94


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ISSA MEGARON | PROARH


Tipology: Single family house

Location: Vis, Croatia

Site area: 70135.0 m2

Area: 485.0 m2

Year: 2017



Architects: PROARH

Photography © Damir Fabijanić



The Issa Megaron project is dealing with questions regarding the context of the site boundary, envisioned on the plot that is read as a ‘’void ‘’, blank space-with deception that context is non -existent. Given that the “genius loci” is not only the plot an island of Vis but actually Mediterranean, we conceive the house by the system of the Socrates Megaron ( as the first passive house), reinterpreting the ancient traditional stone drywalls and creating a new rural man-made topography .
The assignment was to design a house for a temporary family retreat on a site without infrastructure, at the same time completely satisfying the needs of the user .
The complete lack of infrastructure and general inaccessibility imply that self-sustainability is prerogative, and the only solution for the completion of the project, that encompasses the plausibility of the project, minimal costs, satisfaction of all user needs, local government and urban plans as well as the architectural expression. The house is designed with natural cooling and ventilation systems, rainwater exploitation, solar panels, and other elaborate ways of exploiting natural resources, enabling the facility to function as a place for life.
The house is envisioned as a dug in volume, a residential pocket between the stretches of space forming walls, an artificial grotto, a memory of a primitive shelter. It consists of two levels – sleeping quarters/lounge on the first floor and downstairs open space dining/kitchen/lounge area, opened to the covered and uncovered terraces and pool deck. All the bearing elements are made of reinforced concrete. Stone from the site was used for the cladding of the facade.
The design that emerges from such conditions is subtle, creates a symbiosis with the new/old stonewall topography.
The newly built structure is man-made but unobtrusive in intent, material and ultimate appearance.

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AP House_Urbino by GGA architetti

 

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Location: URBINO – ITALY

Size: 1080 m2
Year: 2017

Collaborators: Andrea Bit architetto, Carlotta Micheli architetto
Model: Valentina Pozzi architetto
Landscape: GGA gardini gibertini architetti
Structures: ING. Lorenzo Silvagni
Photography: © Ezio Manciucca



AP House’ bears witness to the rebirth of an ancient rural hamlet situated on the top of one of the highest hills in Urbino, highly esteemed for its landscape and environment.

The new system of buildings stands on ancient remains dating back to Medieval Communes. Linked to each other on the hypogeum level, the structures rest on a red concrete platform (38 X 20 mt) dominating the surrounding landscape. The core of the houses, which forms a single housing unit, reestablishes a central role to this site in the landscape, restoring a direct and empathic dialogue between new buildings and historical stratification.The structures, in their stone shell, free from any superfetations such as gutters or drainpipes and in their measured proportions, are offered to the landscape as pure, discreet and silent artifacts recovering their identity and affinity with the rural cultural matrix of the place. If the project with its architectural compositions and rigor, faithfully interprets the typical formal themes of this Italian region (Marche), in its interiors, in the treatment of the materials, the design of the plant and its furnishings, it wants to vindicate its remarkable contemporaneity.
The fair-face reinforced concrete structure of the internal perimeter, creates space for natural light to flood in and releases the volume from any other load-bearing element.
The full functional program is arranged on three levels. In order to avoid the parking of cars and the sight of any means of transport at the garden level, the main entrance is located in the large garage in the basement. On the lower level, besides the technical and plant areas, there are all the main facilities:
a cinema room, an exhibition gallery in the connecting space between the main building and its annex and a gym with an adjoining SPA. From the basement, the staircase leads directly to the heart of the main building where the view opens up over the stunning hilly landscape and the swimming pool area. The ground floor, completely projected towards the outdoors, has no continuity solution with the garden:
This is the living room, dining room, kitchen and private studio space.
On the first floor, arranged around a large balustraded landing, is the master apartment and two double bedrooms with thier suite restrooms.
The furniture design, created entirely by GGA architects and made of natural walnut wood, qualifies and creates order in each room concealing service areas and plant and technology components. The annex, with its wooden frame structure, is a barn memory which is often a constant presence in this scenery.
A third building is located in the garden upon a little artificial hill.
In its basement there is a storage room for the gardening equipment and a barbecue on the ground floor. This part of the garden, with its disaligned geometry made of Corten steps and grass, wants to slightly break away from the severeness of the whole outdoor composition. The energy supply, which is only electrical, is guaranteed by an extensive photovoltaic system hidden in the grounds of the property and located at a distance from the buildings.

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GGA gardini gibertini architetti


GGA gardini gibertini architetti is an Italian architecture practice led by Alice Gardini and Nicola Gibertini.
The firm produces different types of projects ranging from public spaces,
houses, to interior design and installations.

Alice Gardini (Savignano sul Rubicone, 1970) 

Degree in Architecture at the University of Florence (IT).
Since 1997 he is in charge of urban planning and residential.
She obtained a specialization in “excutive design” at Oikos University
of Bologna (IT) and a Master in “Project of the public space” at Celsius
in Lucca (IT) in 2001, where she was tutor in subsequent editions.
In 2008 she concluded the Ph.D. in “Architectural Design” at the University
of Genoa (IT) and since 2012 she is adjunct professor at
the University of Ferrara (IT).
She continues to follow both her academic pursuits as well as the practice.

Nicola Gibertini (Lecco, 1970)

Degree in Architecture at the Politecnico of Milan in 1999,
forming academically between Milan and Barcelona (ETSAB). Since 2001,
he deals with architectural, urban planning and design.
In 2003 he obtained a Master in “Project of the public space”
at Celsius in Lucca (IT).


CONTACT

GGA gardini gibertini architetti
Via tempio Malatestiano, 35
47921 Rimini (RN)
t +39 0541 623710
f +39 0541 1830461

studio@gardini-gibertini.it

Arch. Alice Gardini
alice@gardini-gibertini.it
P.IVA 02527740407

Arch. Nicola Gibertini
nicola@gardini-gibertini.it
P.IVA 02677510139


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