Saturday, September 1, 2012

Timber House | Weekend Family House | Studio Garneau

This weekend family home overlooking the water hovers above the native sand dune terrain. The home is inspired by traditional Japanese construction and Case Study aesthetics.

A covered outdoor breezeway is the main entrance route to the home; it offers the first dramatic view of the water above waving grasses, and is the central pivot point between living, sleeping and open deck spaces.

Interiors are finished in cypress wood throughout as are the structural beams and columns.

Facing the water, the building opens up with large steel windows and doors, providing a seamless connection with the over-sized deck........more

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Modern Rustic Korean House And Art Gallery | Daeyang Gallery | Seoul | Korea | Steven Holl Architects

The private gallery and house is sited in the hills of the Kangbuk section of Seoul, Korea. The project was designed as an experiment parallel to a research studio on "the architectonics of music." The basic geometry of the building is inspired by a 1967 sketch for a music score by the composer Istvan Anhalt, "Symphony of Modules," discovered in a book by John Cage titled "Notations."

Three pavilions; one for entry, one residence, and one event space, appear to push upward from a continuous gallery level below. A sheet of water establishes the plane of reference from above and below.

The idea of space as silent until activated by light is realized in the cutting of 55 skylight strips in the roofs of the three pavilions. In each of the pavilions, 5 strips of clear glass allow the sunlight to turn and bend around the inner spaces, animating them according to the time of day and season. Proportions are organized around the series 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55.

Views from within the pavilions are framed by the reflecting pool, which is bracketed by gardens that run perpendicular to the skylight strips. In the base of the reflecting pool, strips of glass lenses bring dappled light to the white plaster walls and white granite floor of the gallery below......more

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Modern Australian House | The River House | MCK Architects

The River House is an informed assembly of clean lines, warm + textured materials and daring structure all housing a complex brief on a difficult site. The finished product is the result of the collaborative overcoming of many hurdles which ultimately shaped the design as much as the river itself.......more
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