Arrachay from Quichua language: Arrarray, very caliente (agua termal). Achachay, very frío (páramo andino). This project is auto-commissioned, the culmination of many years of dreams, encompassing local technology, environmental challenges, and small but flexible architecture. Designed during the pandemic, this project is based on the newly used term “workations”. Its purpose is to challenge new ways to work. Working remotely in an incredible natural setting.
Saunders Architecture’s new Fogo Island Shed expands the remit of the artistic and creative community on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Starting with the opening of the award-winning Fogo Island Inn in 2013, Saunders Architecture has been the creative force behind the work of Shorefast, a charity established in 2003 by Zita, Anthony, and Alan Cobb to revitalize the Fogo Island economy.
Deus Ex Machina, a famous brand of Australian origin whose products are geared towards motorcycles, surfing, and fashion in the post-modern world, chose São Paulo to house its first store in Brazil. Recently opened on the traditional Avenida Rebouças, the project signed by the architecture firm Meireles+Pavan, was responsible for the revitalization of an old residence of the architect Oswaldo Bratke. Initially inactive for years, the land showed enormous potential for its architecture, landscaping, and materials.
The extraordinary site is situated in the Volcanoes National Park in the northwest of Rwanda and borders the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Home to five volcanoes and covered in rainforest and alpine bamboo forests, it is best known as the natural habitat for the critically endangered mountain gorilla.
The concrete cabin is located on a steep slope directly adjacent to the ski resort. The house is secluded towards the mountain and the access side and opens up towards the view. The roof is triangulated folds, which reach almost down to the terrain at the rear edge. The roof is covered with peat so that the building appears as an abstract extension of the landscape. The entrance level contains a spacious entrance hall, living room/kitchen, and master bedroom and bathroom. Downstairs contains the other three bedrooms, a separate living room, and a bathroom with a sauna. The steps protrude elegantly, with a thickness of 40mm. This is made possible by the use of fiber-reinforced concrete.
In this project, we were striving to bring together the client’s wish to have a clear and transparent outline of their country property’s grounds and contemporary architecture’s best design materials – proportions, glass, and stainless steel.
The Tossa de Montbui castle is located on a hill southwest of the city of Igualada, 620 meters above sea level, in a strategic point for military defence since medieval times and from where the other castles bordering the area are controlled.
The general image of the project is that of a toolbox, a technological and functional tool that marks the dynamism of the city of Massy, with a concern for architectural, urban, and landscape quality while offering an evolving technical device. and partitionable for the sake of flexibility of use over time.
The project involves the recycling of a standard house, with a structure in poor conditions, in the Cordón neighborhood of Montevideo. The building, originally a traditional courtyard house, is transformed into a small complex of three units. One of them is a two-room duplex unit facing the street while the other two are one-room flats looking at the central courtyard. The roof incorporates a pergola and is equipped with a barbecue and a tender. The aim of the project is to develop homes satisfying today’s demands, but taking advantage of the existing elements of the old house.
This extension of a single-family house is located in an exceptional landscaped environment. With a very limited budget and a simple plan, the project involves a few implementation details that will make it possible to offer a living room largely open to the garden. Thanks to the holes in the existing walls, the extension makes it possible to reconnect all the rooms in the house that were no longer in use (office, TV room).