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Grooved Concept: House in Perbes by Carlos Quintáns
With its large openings, pool terrace and pine trees framing the picturesque bay beyond, this stunning coastal house in Spain channels the spirit of the Mediterranean Riviera quite beautifully. But don’t be fooled: the house is in fact near the town of Perbes, in the northwest corner of the country, overlooking the much cooler Atlantic Ocean.
Built for a family of four, the house turns its back to the street and is covered with wavy sheets of zinc, creating a neutral and fort-like impression to passers-by. Its other side is much more open, allowing the spectacular views from the bay to enter the living spaces. 40 percent of the house was built underground in order to prevent heat loss, while granite was used for the walls, which at points are as thick as 40 cm, for the same, energy-saving reasons. Repetitive linear elements such as vertical windows and louvres establish a rhythm that is artfully followed elsewhere in the house’s design.
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Sebastian Irarrazaval completes the new public library of Constitucion
Avaged by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in 2010, the small coastal town of Constitucion, Chile, has been steadily rebuilding, featuring the recently finished public library of Constitucion by local architect SebastianIrarrazaval. The library is located along one of the edges of the central square, a site that holds civic and cultural importance to the town and elicits an opportunity to rethink a structure’s relationship to the public realm.
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Message on the Walls: Jean Nouvel Completes Pixelated Tower in Nicosia, Cyprus
The Cypriot capital of Nicosia made some serious waves in the architecture world a few years ago, when Zaha Hadid Architects won the competition for the redesign of the city’s main square. Essentially a bridge spanning Nicosia’s Venetian moat, the square will be transformed into a curvaceous, brilliant-white platform that will connect the within-the-walls old city with the contemporary city centre beyond. Standing on the contemporary side of this division is another, recently completed landmark that glows in the strong Mediterranean sun: The White Walls, a mixed-use white-concrete tower designed by French Pritzker award-winning architect, Jean Nouvel, and constructed by Nice Day Developments – a construction company founded in 1996 by businessman and famous art collector Dakis Joannou and his son Christos Joannou.
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A former military bunker on a remote Swedish peninsula is commandeered as a superior subterranean summerhouse
One sunny summer’s day three years ago, a small delegation of people stepped out of a run-down military Jeep onto an overgrown field on the Bungenäs peninsula on the Swedish island of Gotland, taking the concept of purchasing property sight unseen to a whole new level. There, equipped with a torn, faded piece of paper – a formerly classified architectural plan of the subterranean bunker that lay underneath their feet – architect Erik Gardell shared his vision for the plot of land.
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Architecture firm DKO teamed up with property developer Milieu to create a series of townhouses in Melbourne’s Preston with the aim of creating boutique architecturally designed homes for the growing suburb.
The newest collection of townhouses on Albert Street in Melbourne’s Preston was designed with the intent to build on the suburb’s status as a flourishing hub coming into its own within the city. Seeking the opportunity to add something inherently ‘Melbourne’ to the suburb’s streetscape, boutique property developer Milieu worked in collaboration with DKO Architecture and DKO’s development sister, Open Field to turn their vision into a reality.
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The former boxer on why buildings must grow with age and how he designed his own house in Osaka
Through a slit in the façade you enter a private world, one of soft wood and cast concrete, where the confounding angles of the stairwell lead to rooms of pure symmetry, filled with natural light and the gentle swaying of a camphor tree.
Tadao Ando’s house could not be more Tadao Ando. It is quite a relief. Japan’s most fabled architect, a designer of stark and spiritual buildings, would appear to live his work, the man and his creations one and the same.
Yet a ticklish question does arise. This should be Ando’s residence. But there is no bedroom. Or food in the kitchen. And a couple of years ago he told Japanese TV that he lives in a normal apartment. This is Tadao Ando’s house, but is it his home?
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