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Natural pool with poolhouse clad in fibreC, by Rieder.
Project: Redesign of Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building Plaza
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Il Vallone dei Mulini. Sorrento, Nov 2013.
Most often, when designing a building, architects have to deal with challenges raised by the site itself. In such cases it’s the side that dictates the design of the building. Even though it might not seem like a good example, this is also the case of the Offset House.
Located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Offset House was designed and built by Shieh Arquitetos Associados. The architects in charge, Leonardo Shieh & Shieh Shueh Yau, worked with structural engineers from EMAC Projetos and electrical and hydraulic engineers from CZN Engenharia. Their goal was to create a contemporary residence for the clients.
But even with all these challenges, the architects managed to come up with a beautiful design that was shaped to reflect all those problems in a beautiful way, the architecture is simple, with long, straight lines and with an overall minimalist design. The interior is also simple and the décor is chic and charming. Even though it seems like the house is being hidden behind those large walls, it has in fact a strong connection with the outdoors.
Paper Sculptures - Old World Cities Matthew Picton
- St. Petersburg
Villa Mecklin by Huttunen Lipasti Pakkanen Architects was placed amidst the shelter of a narrow zone of trees in the Finnish archipelago. The main building sits in a small depression in the rock, its sheltered terrace extending over the summit of the rock. One arrives from the harbour to the entrance of the main building sheltered by the trees.
After a descent of a couple of steps, the expansive landscape of the western shore, with its long vistas, unfolds. A fireplace has been sunk into the centre of the large terrace, accessed via a hatch in the decking. In connection with the shoreline sauna, there is also a stove heated cabin for guests.