Situated near bloemendaal – on the edge of the kennemer dunes – a sustainable home by dutch architect paul de ruiter is conceived, implementing a design that shows respect for man and nature alike. ‘villa v’ is the first home built in park brederode, a unique residential area where the existing flora and fauna are given full reign.
It is a building consisting of two distinct adjacent and interrelated volumes, the housing itself – consisting of two storeys plus a penthouse – and a garage. Although the volume, apparently, is being treated as a solid monolith, it is fully traversed, with vertical and horizontal voids, with the purpose of creating strong visual relations with its contiguous exterior spaces, and allowing the light to enter through the entire house. On the ground floor are the social and service areas, plus, in the northwest, there is a ‘body’ attached, to be used as a garage. The entire floor is opened, from north to south, allowing social spaces relate frankly to their outdoor spaces of natural expansion.
If you’re studying to become an architect, William O’Brien Junior will be no stranger to you. Having just won the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers, O’Brien went on to become a finalist at the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program and an inaugural winner of the Design Biennial Boston Award.
The Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa designed this “Garden & House” in Tokyo on a very small lot of just 8 x 4 m. It doesn’t really have a facade or walls: vases, planters, concrete benches, plexiglass railings, full-height windows and curtains form the boundary between inside and outside. I’m baffled.
UNstudio’s design for an existing loft located in greenwich village in manhattan explores the interaction between a gallery and living space. the main walls in the loft flow through the space, and together with articulated ceilings create hybrid conditions in which exhibition areas merge into living areas.