Villa Luciérnagas by Apaloosa Estudio de Arquitectura y Diseño and Valdez arquitectos is an architecture project that houses families and tourists through applications such as Airbnb. The villa meets the goals of generating experiences for its sporadic users; however, the main focus of the project is waste treatment and energy usage to return the investment of the clients.
Gandhi House is an interior design project by Kathik that exemplifies simplicity in design and subtle materials that radiate warmth and modesty. The house is not an ostentatious display of wealth or status but a reflection of the values and aesthetics that have shaped the lives of the occupants. It is a place where every corner tells a story and where cherished memories are both preserved and made.
Kathik is an architecture and interior design firm that believes in the intrinsic power of design to elevate the quality of life, irrespective of the level of exposure. Specialising in the design of residential, commercial, and retail spaces, Kathik’s firm foundation lies in the belief that their work should not only result in aesthetically beautiful spaces but also deliver highly functional designs.
Tea Room Floating by the River by DCDSAA Architecture integrates creativity and modernity to match the diversity of indoors with the outdoors, creating a pleasant landscape. Slitted into the white wall is a hollow glass box that serves as both a window to the outdoor landscape and a space to savour the aroma of tea on the balcony. The reflections and ripples of the People’s River outside brighten the interior space.
Trace Architecture Office’s Cliff Café and Tower House project explores the horizontality and verticality of forms to connect the buildings to the earth and the sky. The Tower House is a vertical volume aiming at the sky, while the café is a horizontal plane pointing towards the skyline. Spaces inside both buildings are intended to provide breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the sea.
Trace Architecture Office (TAO) is one of the most active and influential firms in China’s contemporary architecture field and is based in Beijing. With most projects positioned in particular cultural and natural settings in China, TAO explores the essence of place and makes architecture deeply rooted in its cultural and environmental context with respect to local conditions.
Archidiaries is excited to share the Project of the Week – Alarine Earth Home | Zarine Jamshedji Architects. Along with this, the weekly highlight contains a few of the best projects, published throughout the week. These selected projects represent the best content curated and shared by the team at ArchiDiaries.
Đạo Mẫu Museum by ARB Architects illustrates the use of clay tiles in an innovative manner to create an architecture that is both separate and harmonious with the local surroundings. Through this project, the clay tiles from hundreds of old houses are preserved and transformed into a new life instead of being discarded. The material continues to embark on a new journey, a journey that cohesively preserves the inherent beliefs of the nation.
The Chevron House by Dotknot Design Studio is a testament to the fusion of architecture and the natural world. It’s a place where earthy elegance takes center stage, and the chevron pattern, a symbol of both continuity and contrast, whispers its story to all who enter. Under the guiding inspiration of the Chevron name, the designers have crafted an ode to nature’s beauty, where every detail seamlessly aligns with its surroundings.
Dotknot Design Studio is an architecture and interior design firm founded by Deepika Khatri with offices in Vadodara and Bangalore.
‘Healing House’ is an architecture thesis by Niels Geerts from Amsterdam Academy of Architecture – AUA, Amsterdam University of the Arts, that explores healthcare architecture approached from the perspective of the patient and promotes regional healthcare. Healing House participates in a debate on a pressing vital social issue: the role of the present-day healthcare facility and the importance of architecture in this. This project bridges the gap between the patient’s very personal experiences and the practical, effective realm of healthcare.
AYYA House by Estudio Galera is materialized by two apparently monolithic containers that are overlapped, crossed, and rested on a platform. Lifted above the average lot level, the residence dominates the environment and accentuates its observatory nature. The crossed boxes guarantee different views from the two plans: down to the west and up to the north, and they ensure good sunlight in all the rooms.
Selected Academic Projects
Swatt Miers Architects’ Drury Court Residence blends the programme and site with structural forms drawn from the surrounding mature redwood grove. A series of 2 and 3-story board-formed concrete core walls and columns were built to support three clear-span floor plates that stepped down the hillside because of the unique site. These concrete components have been scaled to work in harmony with the redwoods, not to overpower nor be overwhelmed.
Swatt Miers Architects is an architectural firm that believes in consistently creating beautiful, sustainable and user-responsive buildings. Their projects range from internationally acclaimed single-family residences to a diverse array of public service buildings, including nationally-recognized animal care facilities which have set the standard for this building type throughout the United States and Canada.
The White Bleached House by Neogenesis+Studi0261 features a minimalist palette of plain white with cool and calming interiors that adorn the home to form a flawless canvas. The dispersion of ample light into all parts of the house brightens up the interiors to be as consistently bright as the exteriors, brewing up both the experiences that these spaces bring. The house is fairly resolved, is not visibly cluttered with endless colours, and is relaxing enough to heal the residents’ strain.
The residence Casa Bonsai designed by Cotaparedes Arquitectos features an indoor pool and an open ground floor plan adapting to the clients’ needs. Taking advantage of the 2m of elevation and using half levels, the social area is based on the ground floor and bedrooms a level above. The ground floor was designed as an open space, a dining room attached to the kitchen; the living room and pool open out to two gardens.
Tiffany Façade Singapore Changi by MVRDV features a coral-inspired screen, 3D printed using recycled plastic and fishing nets, highlighting the brand’s commitment to sustainability. Using the patterns seen in coral species as a guide, the team designed a screen to cover the store’s façade with an organic, cell-like pattern. This screen foregrounds a layer of glass that was screen printed with a colour gradient, transitioning in different shades of blue.
The architectural project Yard by Skylab features a tower and a podium that respond to the context and create a shared community landscape environment. The roof of the podium elevates a native planted landscape to the level of the famous Burnside Bridge to create an interactive social setting, while its folded roof shape abstractly recalls the natural slope of the waterfront site.
HasleTre by Oslotre AS is a sustainable architecture project with a mass timber framework and a flexible 5×5 m grid system supporting various plans like cell offices, open workspaces, meeting areas and smaller rooms. HasleTre is a 3,000-square-metre building with five stories, a basement and roof terraces. The goal was to design a commercial structure that was inventive, flexible, and ecologically sensitive and could be disassembled and reused.
Oslotre AS is a consulting firm with expertise in timber construction that works in the fields of architecture, timber design, and construction technology. With the help of bioclimatic concepts and natural ventilation, they put an emphasis on constructing durable and healthy structures out of timber. Their design philosophy embodies a playful simplicity that maximises timber’s ability to produce beautiful, sturdy, and cost-effective structures.
The architecture project Noema, by K-Studio and Lambs and Lions, is a hybrid space designed to inspire a strong sense of community and place. A warm and welcome contrast to the gleaming lime-washed lanes of Mykonos town, the subdued palette of charcoal, seal, and sand evokes the granite boulders, drystone walls, and golden beaches of Mykonos. In keeping with Noema’s natural ethos, earthenware and large plants create a tropical Mediterranean ambience.
The Vagar – Country House by Filipe Pina Arquitectura and DB Arquitectos is a restoration project that enhances the architectural, historical and landscape heritage existing in the Portuguese countryside, Cova da Beira, in the town of Belmonte. The intervention aimed at providing the complex with conditions of habitability, comfort and well-being, and guaranteeing an internal functional organization, with independent spaces for private use.
Walker Warner Architects’ House of Flowers aims to modernize and preserve natural heritage while transforming existing facilities into a unique destination. The new hospitality house, which was formerly a warehouse, gives visitors an overview of the site and conveys the Flowers’ story. In order to help the buildings blend into the context and let the landscape take centre stage, the structure has been dyed a dark, ominous black, inspired by the nearby redwood grove.
Olson Kundig’s Bilgola Beach House attempts to address Australia’s varied climate, where harsh sunlight, high winds, and flooding are common. The structure is set on concrete piles, allowing sand and water to move in and out beneath the building. The design also allows the family to connect with the natural environment, with shaded retractable window walls that merge inside and outside and provide passive ventilation.
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