Stone House in Cáceres by Tuñón Arquitectos

The house seats with discretion on the place, leaning on a natural slope next to beautiful existing oaks, looking at the landscape and the city of Cáceres. From this dominant position the house tries to be respectful with the natural-artificial environment, establishing formal and constructive links with the surrounding environment and the historic center of Cáceres.

 

Stone House in Cáceres by Tuñón Arquitectos © Luis Asín

 

The exterior of the house is a simple prismatic volume with a square floor plan of 17,40 meters side. Its walls are built with local quartzite stone. On the inside, nine spaces with cubic dimensiones of 4.20 meters accommodate the different uses of the house. The rooms open up to the exterior landscape through large square-shape windows with oak frames. An open platform in the rear part of the house with a small swimming pool invites users to enjoy life outdoors. (more…)

A tracking shot through z4z4 architects’ Casa Tobogan

The new house designed by z4z4 Architecture Office in Madrid is the result of the three-layered encounter between two prototypical house-designs and a large garden void.

 

TB House by Z4Z4 AAA © Imagen Subliminal / Miguel de Guzmán

TB House by Z4Z4 AAA © Imagen Subliminal / Miguel de Guzmán

 

Architecture office z4z4 have recently completed the construction of the Casa Tobogán (Slide House). Located off the beaten track in the outskirts of Madrid, the house is the result of a three-layered design in which two different houses and a crossing void join together to create a cinematographic experience of domestic life. (more…)

OE House by Fake Industries Architectural Agonism + aixopluc

The clients wanted a summer house on the ground floor and a winter house on the first floor. The architects also give them the roof and the garden to enjoy the mediterranean climate during spring and autumn, the sunny winter days and the chilly summer nights. The house is placed on a flat spot, and it is planted with hazel trees. It is at the foot of la Mussara range, where strong north-west winds blow.

 

OE House © photo: José Hevia

OE House © photo: José Hevia

 

The OE House is a montage. The clients wanted a double house, so they could move from one half to the other, according to their state of mind. They did not like to spend their holidays traveling; they preferred to move downstairs, and do it for real, closing the quarters above. The project provided them with two well-known domestic environments—the open frame of the case study houses for the hedonistic pleasure of the warm season, topped with the interiorized existentialism of Le Corbusier’s Maison Jaoul for the windy months in la Sierra de la Mussara. The resulting exquisite corpse—wrapped by the most Spanish architectural prop of all: the persiana—ensures the schizophrenic differentiation of modes of habitation as much as it negotiates the impossible encounter of both types. (more…)

“Raumplan House” by Alberto Campo Baeza

Last edition’s winner of the BigMat Architecture Award resumes one of his leitmotifs: the diagonal space, used previusly in numerous works as Turegano House, Asencio House or Caja Granada, adding in this case a helicoidal movement to the operation.

 

Raumplan House, Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas

Raumplan House, Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas

 

“2+2+2 is much more than just 6. A Raumplan house” by the architect.

The house is located on a sloping plot with a landscape of distant horizon none other than Madrid’s western mountain range viewed from Camarines. At ground level it doesn’t appear to be anything special, but as we go up we feast our eyes on a panoramic view of the urban landscape of the east of Madrid. From the four towers to the left to the Madrid tower to the right. Beautiful, and curious also. Logically the more public parts of the house will be at the upper levels to frame and enjoy the stunning views. (more…)

Fiftieth anniversary of Le Corbusier’s passing: “Homage to Le Corbusier”

Fifty years after Le Corbusier’s passing, we are measuring the breadth of his heritage: his works, of an extraordinary diversity, remain a source of inspiration for the architects of the entire world. Bearing witness to this are the women and men who, during a summer, come together under the roof of the Villa “Le Lac” to pay homage to this self-taught genius.

 

 

Fiftieth anniversary of Le Corbusier's passing: "Homage to Le Corbusier" © Villa "Le Lac"

Fiftieth anniversary of Le Corbusier’s passing: “Homage to Le Corbusier” © Villa “Le Lac”

 

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Le Corbusier (1887-1965), ten architects among the most important of our time propose their vision of a project for the extension of the Villa “Le Lac”.

Daniel Libeskind, Mario Botta, Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, SANAA, Rudy Ricciotti, Bernard Tschumi, Gigon/Guyer, Rafael Moneo and Alvaro Siza lent themselves to this stimulating competition for ideas and imagination. The exhibition displays their contributions as well as some superb drawings of the Villa “Le Lac” by Le Corbusier, and photographs from the years 1920-1930 – exceptional documents reflecting the state of the site before the by-road was built in 1931. (more…)

House in Fontinha by Manuel Aires Mateus

Positioned at the peak of a hill, the two-storey house was conceived as a lookout point offering views out across the Fontinha Estate, but was also planned to offer the same seclusion as a typical courtyard residence.

 

House in Fontinha © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

House in Fontinha © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

 

Manuel Aires Mateus, ’15 BigMat Award member of the jury and one of the two founders of Aires Mateus Arquitectosteamed up with Ana Cravino and Inês Cordovil of fellow Lisbon office SIA Arquitectura to design House in Fontinha for a site outside the rural town of Melides.

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House at Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas: 18th-century townhouse renovation by Manuel Aires Mateus

Manuel Aires Mateus – one of the two founders of Aires Mateus Arquitectos and ’15 BigMat Award member of the jury – designed the renovation of the lower level of an ageing hillside residence located between Lisbon’s medieval castle and the Romanesque-style city cathedral.

 

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

 

A succession of everyday spaces occupied the lower floor of an 18th century building on castle hillside. The estate existed illustrating a period and an identity that were clouded due to extended neglect. The plan for the house elected spatial values, designed geometric affinities, precision in relation to exterior windows. The garden made it possible to enhance the depth of the view over the Baixa rooftops and the river. An existing addition was rebuilt to house more private functions. The secular spaces were opened up to incorporate more significant uses. The unexpected discovery of a cistern crosses the depth horizontally and connects with the sky, the most protected space of the house.

 

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Villa Além: Valerio Olgiati’s own house in Portugal

Almost of the Brutalist vein in terms of layout, the single-floor home features a canal-like pool, situated at the center of the rectangular plot. Juxtaposing open, airy spaces with an overarching enclosed aesthetic.

 

Villa Além © Archive Olgiati

Villa Além © Archive Olgiati

 

In a recondite place abounding in cork trees in the Alentejo region of Portugal, ten kilometers from the Atlantic coast, is the villa which the Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati has built for himself and his wife. Four concrete walls rise up to 5.5 meters and fold to give shade to and keep winds out of an inner garden where a longitudinally positioned swimming pool establishes the symmetry axis of the complex. Seemingly taking on a secondary role, the building is situated along one of the four sides, at the south end of the pool, and hides within it, behind a curving wall that separates the living room, the more private living spaces. 

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