The Stöckli, as it is called in some Swiss regions, finds its origins in the old tradition of the ‘Auszughaus’. Retiring farmers are entitled to this as a home when the farm and all its work are passed on to the next generation.
This project is designed for Mr. Sibi Kuriakose at Thiruvankulam, Ernakulam. The house is located in a 20-cent plot overlooking a paddy field. The selection of the plot was done in consideration with the architect with the view in mind. An unobstructed view of the paddy field from the residence was a requirement from the client, which was also the intention behind the selection of the site. The building is oriented due north in order to block away direct sunlight. The house is being envisaged as a glazed building owing to the conducting heat factors as mentioned to the client from the very first discussion. The frontal portion of the building is a seamless activity space that comprises living and dining spaces that flows unobstructed. Huge panes of glass are placed without a single mullion to obstruct the view.
The space, consisting of a shop facing the street and a rear section with a curved roof made of glass bricks, became available to the Stadtmensch initiative in Altenburg.
The Yangsan Panorama House is built upon a plot of country land that was originally covered with woods. The plot was cleared and leveled using reinforced soil blocks. Prior to this, the land had a 4-meter dip in elevation, which is now at an even height. The Yangsan Panorama House overlooks the Dangchon reservoir and has a stunning view of the mountains, which cannot be seen from the road. According to the owner’s wishes, the interior and exterior of the house were built with solid materials that make for a rather simplistic and minimalist design.
“Reality would not only be what it is, what it reveals in truth but it would also be its double, its shadow, its image.”
A private guest house designed by Heima Architects is situated in northern Lithuania, on a hill near a group of trees overlooking the valley and the existing water basin. Part of a larger complex of recreational buildings, the 150-square-meter guest house is designed to blend in with the natural surroundings and has a unique layout, with four volumes organized among the trees to avoid deforestation. This creates a close connection with the surrounding nature and a sense of privacy for guests.
Erler House posed the task of designing a single-family house, a task that the professional house-building industry carries out hundreds of times a day with dazzling speed but an optimized variation. This unfortunately leaves the little potential for appropriation or a desire to think outside the box. By contrast, the centuries-old village structure, despite having taken some damage over the years, still held architectural potential and we used this to our advantage.
El Refugio, located in the Southern countryside of Cuenca, Ecuador, is a rest space in connection with nature. The project, situated on a farm, generates a personal space for a reduced family group.
“The Clearing” was designed to honor the 20 children and six educators who were slain on Dec 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Landscape architects Dan Affleck and Ben Waldo created a competition‐winning design for a memorial space that is both open‐ended and unifying in how it is experienced, honoring the full spectrum of emotions this tragedy evokes.
Inspiration, methodologies, and finishes came from Brazilian northeastern coast constructions. The project focused on renovating the leisure area and increasing the number of bedrooms. All original suites were renovated, with an adaptation of bathrooms, furniture, frames, and roof.