The main aim of the design and the client’s request was a future-oriented handling of materials and a building that was integrated into the environment. A generous green roof as a cut-out and folded landscape forms the largest space-forming element of the house. The lightweight timber construction with a ventilated metal facade and large glass elements form the remaining outer skin surfaces.
Church of the Holy Spirit in Pegognaga, near Mantua. The new Church of the Holy Spirit in Pegognaga, near Mantua, is the result of restricted competition. It replaces the previous parish church, damaged by the 2012 earthquake. The project ensures a proper scale and orientation in the historic small city.
The spaces we created were designed for leisure and moments of rest. Unveiling the landscape toward the Atlantic Ocean, with a panoramic view of the Cagarras Islands archipelago, the location determined the concept of the project.
HENN’s Innovation Center for High-Performance Medical Devices (IHM·GBA) is located in the heart of Guangzhou’s thriving international Bio Island, a dedicated zone for the development of biomedical research and technology. The building is used to develop high-performance medical devices, which requires a design that combines laboratories and spaces for research with areas for informal communication and open office spaces.
“Casa dos Triangulos” was built in 1956 and designed by Vilanova Artigas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A raised block configures the general volume of the building and houses four floors in half levels. It has an artistic panel designed by Mário Gruber. The restoration project proposes interventions updating its facilities and adapting the spaces for contemporary uses. It respected the architectural characteristics of the house removing additions that caused problems for its perception. The demolition of the servant’s facilities allowed a new relationship with the gardens that surrounded the house. The change reveals the cantilever at the rear of the house and allows better visualization of the artistic panel.
The project proposes a contemporary interpretation of the garden city, combining a human, landscape-oriented scale with the notion of density and rationality. Three structured towers of varying heights are set in the center of a large garden. Through this strategy, the project presents an organic volumetric response to the park.
In the 60s the green belt around Antwerp was the place for architectural experimentation, several interesting villas were built in this wooded area. Our client bought one of those early architectural gems. Although in a state of decay, the strength of the original design shimmered through the thick, overgrown greenery upon our first visit.
The original design idea of House 345 originates from the needs of its owners. Introversion and privacy were the two main components expressed by the owners. To achieve this goal as well as the creation of a space that will be used daily by a family, the design team decided to identify several imaginary zones, which will be implemented through physical and mental limits.
There is a thoughtful degree of flexibility woven into the design of Todd Saunders’ houses. Importantly, his buildings allow for the possibility of change and adaptation as the needs of his clients gradually shift and alter over time. The concept of ‘future proofing’ is particularly important for clients building a family home for the long term. Like many of the families that commission Saunders, the owners of Villa Grimseiddalen, near Bergen, came to him with a commission for a dream home that would fulfill all of their ambitions for the present but also carry them into the future.
The rehabilitation of Chambésy station square defines new access to the old village, as part of a wider renovation project of the railways undertaken by the Swiss Federal Railways (CFF). The intervention aims to restore a space that for fifteen years served as a parking lot and for CFF facilities. The reappropriation of this neglected space is part of the political strategy of promoting soft mobility and encourages residents to use the train. On the edge of the new train station square, the project integrates the renovation of an old cottage building, which becomes part of a spatial sequence connecting the train stop to the historic village.