Situated in Central Victoria this Avenel house was designed by Paul Morgan Architects. This house combines a lightweight metal skin with a more grounded stone and concrete base. read more »
Detail from the architects “Continuing up to the elevated living room, the ocean view, which at first is concealed by the mass of the concrete fireplace, slowly reveals itself. The shafts of light that stream through southern clearstory support this sense of tension and suspense. The interior sequence continues the unfolding play of hide and reveal, culminating in a treetop roof deck above the master bedroom. The spaces gradually open up to the land like a flower, and the ocean view is revealed by one’s sequential progression up and through the house. A sloping glass roof overlapping the north wall of the house renders ambiguous the distinction between interior and exterior space. Large sliding doors open the house up to the deck. The children’s bedrooms are located below the main living room floor and open directly onto the great northern landscape and ocean beyond. Ships prisms, like those that one finds on the old schooners on the Vineyard, are scattered amongst the floorboards of the deck and light the stone patio off the downstairs bedrooms.”
Located in Yalikavak Turkey, this house was designed by richard meier architects. The architects says that “Composed of twenty on houses located just outside the village of Yalikavak on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula, this project occupies a dramatically steep hillside site featuring views to Yalikavak Bay. The site’s dramatic topography makes each 1-acre parcel unique and provides privacy from neighboring parcels. Five prototype houses will be offered, with each house approximately 330 square meters plus an additional 40 square meter guest house. For each prototype a detached garage, pool, and cabana are arranged in a desciplined manner on a podium so that overall volumes of the houses reamain compact.”
This house located in Worcester, New York. Story from the architects “This eighteenth-century white frame farmhouse, situated in an open field with a view of two silos and a hillside beyond, presented a picture-perfect image of American rural vernacular architecture. The owners asked for an addition that would be twice as large as the original, and would include an art gallery and lap pool……Four separate forms contain the new living room, master bedroom suite, gallery, and pool, their separateness reducing what might otherwise be the overhelming size of the new structure. To maintain an appropriate scale between the old and the new, the fifteen-foot high, ninety-five-foot long lap pool building is literally suppressed one level, so that the pool opens on to a sunken garden and terrace, creating a sense of privacy without obstructing the landscape with fences or walls. The buildings each respond to larger landscape of their own, extending the house into exterior spaces that are defined by a combination of built and landscape form. Architecture does not stop at the outer wall of the building but integrally inculdes the spaces created by reshaped earth and the surfaces composed of plantings……”
Located in Austin, TX, this house was designed by Peter Gluck and Partners Architects. From the architects “Standing amid grove of two hundred land marked live oaks, significant portions of this house were built below grade to maintain the rural landscape of the site. The box on top is wrapped in a mahogany veneer and sits on an entirely transparent glass enclosure giving the appearance that it is floating, and stunning views of the natural surroundings.”
Floating Box House by Peter Gluck and Partners Architects
From the architects “A 1913 historic facade was restored with a new modern interior. A vertical circulation core comprised of a stair and elevator, and a light well with a three story library were inserted into the middle of the house. The library is accessed by a plank glass floor systems which allows light to filter down to the spaces below. A glazed opening in the second floor ceiling brings additional daylight to the dining area.”
New York City Townhouse by FdM Architects
Carriage House is located in New York and has been renovated by FDM Architects. From the architects “The renovation of this 1880’s carriage house became an exploration of the public and private spaces of a bachelor life in both its perception and reality.
A first floor swimming pool and gym were transformed into a sybaritic space ar once gym and cocktail lounge. The chandelier, sitting group, and stucco wall mediate the dual characteristics. A voile curtain adds a layer the extends of the gym beyond.”
Carriage House Renovation by FDM Architects
From the architects “The Act II house was design for a couple whose children had grown and left home. The house is an exploration of both how to expand the spatial experience of the typical suburban building lot and of the dual nature of the “empty nester” life.
A two volume organization with the volume oriented perpendicular to one another and connected by a narrow L-shaped circulation element allows for parents and children to occupy the house both as a family and individually. The two volumes define two distinct outdoor spaces that are discovered by the cisitor after traveling down the long entry hall into the open living room dining kitchen space.”