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52 Growth Homes Acorán - Studio House Acorán II - Studio House Aggregate House Alexander Residence Allers Alleyway House Annex to Old Family House AV House Balmain House Calderon de la Barca Camp Smull Casa Levis Caulfield House Changi House Coastal Speculation Colors Composite House Contracted Dwelling Cottage in Tsumari Country Heights Damansara Da Vinci Denver Art Museum Residences Detached Villa Dwell Home F65 Center Transit Village Fa Fairfield County House Floating Water Villa Folded House Galileo Apartment Building GDL 1 House Goldsmith Apartment Building Good-Class Bungalow

Facet Studio Formwerkz Architects Garduno Arquitectos Gordon Architect gpy arquitectos Griffen Enright Architects Hérault Arnod Architects Herman Hertzberger Ippolito Fleitz Group - Identity Architects Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL Jorge Hernandez de la Garza Junya Toda Architect & Associates Katsuyuki Fujimoto Architect & Associates office Kochi Architect’s Studio Lim Chang Rohling Architects LOOK Architects Mark Dziewulski Architect Maryann Thompson Architects Ministry Of Design

Gradman House GreenCity Lofts Haarlem Paswerk HDX Guest Room Heathdale House Hollywood Hills Residence House F House in Aihara House in Mondosoh House in Nigata House on a Ranch House TN House TTN House Uc Interpolation House Jetty House Katana Residence Kuok House La Loma II House Lakeside House Leunessen Lien Residence Lilyfield House M Central M House Masuzawa House Metalika Apartments Mountain Retreat New dwelling Newtown Silos Apartment Building Nicolaï Oak Knoll Residence Ontario Residence Orr Residence

Miyahara Architect Office Pascal Arquitectos Resolution: 4 Architecture Robert Hidey Architects Rojkind Arquitectos S2 design SCDA Architects Pte Ltd SPG Architects Steven Lombardi Architect Studio Daniel Libeskind Studio Granda Swatt | Miers Architects Teeple Architects TGP, Inc Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects UdA William Tozer Architecture & Design

Oy Pachter Studio Palazzo Gioberti Parque Via House Pavilions on the Bay POB 62 Point Dume Residence Portico Pr34 House Putney House Ranch House River House Santa Monica Canyon Residence Schreiber Residence Secret Guest House Setiamurni House Skrudas Residence Spiral House Spring Road Suntro House Tan Residence The Vento The Water House Thijs-Kempeneers Triangle House Twenty Townhouses Vanoppen Villa Bio Villa S Weili Residence Werdwies Residential Complex Westport Meadow House White House


Adrian Streich Architekten AG agps architecture Alan Jones Architects Aleksandar Design Group APdS Architects AR43 Architects Pte Ltd Bertrand Counson bgp arquitectura Busby Perkins+Will CUBE design + research Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture Davide Volpe Dean-Wolf Architects Drexler Guinand Jauslin Ag Egide Meertens Architect bvba Ellen Woolley Architect Elmslie Osler Architect Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud9

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Preface 2


House and Housing 101 is replete with

Designers always capitalize on the benefits of

surfaces were kept as a reminder of its past

many inspiring projects. Some capture our

the site or respond creatively to the challenges

usage. It’s history with a new twist.

imagination and hearts for being the dream

posed by it. Sometimes, as in the case of Lien

house we wish we could live in. Point Dume

residence, an unusual circumstance results

This book is not about inspiration alone. There

Residence is one such house. This nestles in a

in the unexpected. The site was home to a

are also some very practical ideas classic in

wooded lot where generous rooms are laid out

mature tree so a zigzag house was designed

its simplicity but designed to bring comfort

in an S-shaped plan to maximize views. The

around the tree. It’s not a bad idea to live in

to residents. Work on the Da Vinci project in

River House is located in equally spectacular

a twisted building form: you can enjoy shade

Huixquilucan, Mexico, must have been a real

surroundings. The designers describe their

from inclement weather, cross-ventilation and

challenge as the site is characterised by a

concept as ‘a journey from the

filtered light. The building was slightly raised

variation in levels from the front to the rear. On

nature.’ Look out from the full-height windows

above ground imbuing it a sculptural look

top of this, a river ran through the rear of the site.

and this is true indeed. Villa S too enjoys

which is all the better because of the planted

Some nifty design devices were incorporated in

spectacular views over the Grenoble valley,


this project. For example, all the façade coating

a site characterised by very steep land. The

elements are removable so that, whenever

designers came up with a house on three levels

In another unusual project, the designers of

required, the affected portion can be changed

where each level responds independently to

Folded House were required to edit and create

or repaired. Also, bathrooms are oriented to the

the site. In Cincinnati, The Ascent at Roebling’s



façade with rear discharge toilets so that repairs

Bridge is a dramatic addition to the skyline.

on a large hillside site. They came up with

can be undertaken externally rather than from

The building’s crescent form and sloping roof

an origami-like architecture that ties in two

within a neighbour’s apartment.

enables residents in all units to have great

spaces. It is interesting how the spaces merge


and flow into each other to become a coherent

Not matter how simple, there is a ‘wow!’

whole. Walls wrap and curve, and the ceiling

element to good design that takes our breath

occasionally dips to form a most unusual space.

away and we wonder why we hadn’t thought of

The Tans from Singapore are not alone in




desiring to build a house housing three

it before. I hope you enjoy this book as much

generations under one roof. Increasingly, a

The Newtown Silos Apartment Building gives a

number of families are opting to build homes

new lease of life to a historic structure that is a

for adult children near their own residence,

legacy of the flour milling days in Sydney. In its

or siblings may follow this path. This unique

heyday, concrete silos and tall timber storage

arrangement enables entire families to be

bins were commonplace along railway lines

close at arm’s length while ensuring their own

and were used to store grain. Today, however,

privacy. This very Eastern lifestyle is catching

this is being used as a residential complex. The

on in the west and it’s easy to see why because

circular plan continues to be used but this time,

of its many practical benefits.

as rooms in an apartment. The original wall

as I did.

Raka Dewan


CONTENTS... single unit 4

74 Masuzawa House

120 Orr Residence

Griffen Enright Architects

SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

Swatt | Miers Architects

24 River House

80 Setiamurni House

126 Pachter Studio

Mark Dziewulski Architect

SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

Teeple Architects

32 Secret Guest House

86 Changi House

132 Spiral House

Pascal Arquitectos

Formwerkz Architects

Drexler Guinand Jauslin Ag

40 Ontario Residence

92 GDL 1 House

138 Lien Residence

Ministry Of Design

bgp arquitectura

Ministry Of Design

48 Balmain House

98 AV House

142 Weili Residence

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

bgp arquitectura

Gordon Architect

56 Country Heights Damansara

104 Westport Meadow House

146 Kuok House

LOOK Architects

Maryann Thompson Architects

SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

62 Tan Residence

108 La Loma II House

150 House in Aihara

AR43 Architects Pte Ltd

Garduno Arquitectos

Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

68 Mountain Retreat

114 Good-Class Bungalow

154 Alexander Residence

Resolution: 4 Architecture

APdS Architects

Elmslie Osler Architect



14 Point Dume Residence

ha 6

158 Detached Villa

208 Hollywood Hills Residence

260 Casa Levis

Herman Hertzberger

Griffen Enright Architects

UdA with Davide Volpe

162 Floating Water Villa

218 Contracted Dwelling

266 Triangle House

Herman Hertzberger

Dean-Wolf Architects

Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL

166 Putney House

224 Dwell Home

272 White House

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects with Ellen Woolley Architect

Resolution: 4 Architecture

Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL

170 Caulfield House

230 Folded House

278 The Water House

S2 design

Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

174 House on a Ranch

236 Jetty House

284 Pr34 House

agps architecture

CUBE design + research

Rojkind Arquitectos

184 New dwelling

242 Lakeside House

290 House F

Alan Jones Architects

Resolution: 4 Architecture

Ippolito Fleitz Group - Identity Architects

192 Parque Via House

248 Lilyfield House

296 Villa Bio

Garduno Arquitectos

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects with Ellen Woolley Architect

Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud9

200 House in Nigata

254 POB 62

300 Camp Smull

Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

Bertrand Counson

Resolution: 4 Architecture



ha 8

304 Heathdale House

336 Cottage in Tsumari

366 M House

Teeple Architects

Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

Facet Studio

308 Gradman House

340 Schreiber Residence

370 Alleyway House

Swatt | Miers Architects

Elmslie Osler Architect

Formwerkz Architects

312 Nicolaï

344 Skrudas Residence

376 Annex to Old Family House

Egide Meertens Architect bvba

Studio Granda

Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

316 Interpolation House

348 Suntro House

380 Coastal Speculation

William Tozer Architecture & Design

Jorge Hernandez de la Garza

Steven Lombardi Architect

320 House TN

352 Allers

384 Colors

Miyahara Architect Office

Egide Meertens Architect bvba

Kochi Architect’s Studio

324 HDX Guest Room

356 Acorán - Studio House

388 Aggregate House

bgp arquitectura

gpy arquitectos

William Tozer Architecture & Design

328 Villa S

360 Acorán II - Studio House

392 Composite House

Hérault Arnod Architects

gpy arquitectos

William Tozer Architecture & Design

332 Fairfield County House

364 Leunessen

398 Fa

SPG Architects

Egide Meertens Architect bvba

Katsuyuki Fujimoto Architect & Associates office



mixed use & multi 10



404 House in Mondosoh

448 Thijs-Kempeneers

488 52 Growth Homes

Junya Toda Architect & Associates

Egide Meertens Architect bvba

Herman Hertzberger

408 House TTN

452 Spring Road

490 Metalika Apartments

Miyahara Architect Office

S2 design

Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

414 House Uc

458 F65 Center Transit Village

494 GreenCity Lofts

Miyahara Architect Office

Mark Dziewulski Architect

Swatt | Miers Architects

418 Oy

466 The Vento

500 Katana Residence

Katsuyuki Fujimoto Architect & Associates office

Busby Perkins+Will

SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

426 Santa Monica Canyon Residence

472 Twenty Townhouses

504 Galileo Apartment Building

Griffen Enright Architects

Aleksandar Design Group

Pascal Arquitectos

432 Ranch House

476 Haarlem Paswerk

506 Werdwies Residential Complex

Robert Hidey Architects

Herman Hertzberger

Adrian Streich Architekten AG

438 Oak Knoll Residence

482 Vanoppen

512 Pavilions on the Bay

Lim Chang Rohling Architects with TGP, Inc (Landscape Architects)

Egide Meertens Architect bvba

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects



ha 12

542 Goldsmith Apartment Building


Pascal Arquitectos

522 Calderon de la Barca

544 Newtown Silos Apartment Building

bgp arquitectura

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

526 Da Vinci

548 Denver Art Museum Residences

Pascal Arquitectos

Studio Daniel Libeskind

532 Portico

554 Index by architect

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

536 M Central Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

558 Index by location


single unit

516 Palazzo Gioberti


Point Dume Residence Griffen Enright Architects

Location Malibu, California, USA Site area 630m2


This house takes the typical paths of domestic movement and manipulates them to weave the exterior landscape and site into the house, while enhancing natural airflows and views. An interest in the continuity of landscape, circulation, and the body’s sequential movement through space has led to an

Structural engineers John Labib

exploration of continuous spatial relationships in this residence. Smooth, sinuous surfaces delineate

Photography Benny Chan

spatial zones while maximizing the site’s topography, views, and circulation. Volumes are differentiated through a slicing of surfaces and materials; emphasizing the horizontal while allowing a multiplicity of spatial conditions to develop through the interaction of these forms, surfaces, and volumes. These spatial intersections accumulate the more static elements of the house while breaking down edges between inside and outside, allowing a more open and engaging relationship between the land and internal logic of the house. On the top of Point Dume in Malibu, the residence is accessed from below through a driveway. An existing retaining wall bisects the site and moves along the geometry of an existing knoll. Panoramic views of the ocean are availed by the geometric morphologies of the residence. Major views delineate the shifts in geometry apparent in the angled “S” shape of the plan and created the sinuous sequence from the entry to the landscape and view which echoes the shoreline below, creating a vacillation among differing distant views. Movement in the house bends from the entry to the living area and bends again towards an outdoor room and the lap pool.

Second floor plan

First floor plan Entrance






View diagram

Relationship of project geometry and coastline.






River House Mark Dziewulski Architect

Location California, USA GFA 370 m2 Photography Keith Cronin

The owners wanted to take full advantage of a spectacular site on the banks of the American River. Heavily wooded and facing a state park across the river, the site provides a natural setting, rich in wildlife that would allow for bird watching year round. The house is located to maintain as many mature trees as possible, which provide sunscreening and further enhance the concept of living in nature.

The house has two main components: a service area including the garages, maid’s quarters and laundry rooms; and the living quarters, including the bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and dining room. It is a single story residence to facilitate accessibility. As the clients entertain often, flexibility was important and the ability to open the entire house into a large, continuous room was paramount.

The concept for the design is best described as a journey: from the man-made of the street to the nature of the river, from the public space to the private of the living quarters, from the screened and enclosed to the transparent and open. The house is arranged in a series of layers through which the occupants pass. From the public road, one enters a courtyard whose fragmented curve echoes a gesture of greeting, as it wraps around the visitor. The exterior walls facing the entry court are solid for privacy and to heighten the sense of nature once you pass beyond them. The journey follows a curved path along the exterior wall, under a protective trellis, to the main entry. Entrance is over a bridge spanning a koi pond which introduces water as a theme. The sight and sound of the bubbling water signify the transition from the public to private, from the man-made to nature.

The entry doors allow passage through the main ordering element of the entire plan: a curved wall that continues through the whole house. The wall marks a separation from the private inner world. Beyond this are all the main areas, aligned to overlook the river setting through a wall of glass. All doors can be slid open along the curve making the form visible from one end to the other and opening up the entire space, revealing the full extent of the house. The wall is naturally lit by a ring of skylights and provides a gallery for the owners’ extensive art collection. The sculptural nature of the curve allows it to be recognized in all parts of the house and it provides a framework and order for all the main spaces. The glass facade is protected with extended cantilevered roofs that shield the sun and create a framed view that allows the house to be open yet sheltering.

The boundary between the inside and outside is blurred by the use of continuous glass walls and finish materials that extend beyond them. The main rooms flow out into the landscape. The master bathroom extends into onto a hidden Japanese garden – also a reference to the many years the owners lived in Japan.

The continuous expanse of glass wall was achieved without the use of bracing or heavy moment frames, by creating two large masonry shear walls, pulled outside the footprint so that they read as screens slid open to reveal the view. These also allow the use of oversized soffits that are needed to shade the glass in this hot central valley climate.









Secret Guest House Pascal Arquitectos

Location Chimalistac, Mexico City, Mexico Site area 1,249.90m2 GFA 624.42m2

This is a contemporary architectural family house in a residential, classified historic colonial zone of Chimalistac in Mexico City. This is a house made to order for a client which is often more complex than developing a large building. The result depends on two factors: a good architect, but rather more of a good client.

Photography Victor Benitez

The context in which the house is inserted has an historic colonial character untouched by the unorganized sprawl that has occurred elsewhere. Intervening in a historic area raised the dilemma whether to adapt or blend in the context but ideology cannot integrate the present and future using the language of the past.

After discussion with the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History), the vision was to recreate the past and where an interaction occurs between the inside and outside, the goal was to achieve a neutrality that would make a transition from the historic to a modern interior.

The fashionable and politically correct slogan now is that everything must be sustainable yet, despite good wishes and intentions and, after several runs to determine the relationships financial cost benefit, the architects could only manage to use energy-saving light bulbs and intelligent control systems and sensors linked to a timer, and more efficient irrigation systems.

Most important was the use of intelligent design to make the house better in comfort and climate, and the building design process in which no processing or transformation of materials such as stone, wood etc. was done, a system based on Just-In-Time logistics and a change in how the job site is managed with prefabrication and the inclusion of pre-finished items

As part of the architectonic discourse and for reasons of durability and maintenance, very few finishings were used. Concrete was a notable use in the house for its ability to withstand age and decay, and the fact it acquires more dignity and history with time.

One of the main objectives was to maximize natural light and views to the garden, and not to create a series of closed rooms but a series of spaces where events happen and articulate with one another. The entire house was designed in modules and multiples of feet, generating different size of overlapping rectangles, that became the generating pattern of the geometric theme of the house.









Ontario Residence


Ministry Of Design

Client/owner Lien Ying Chow (Pte) Ltd Location Singapore

Inspired by a series of challenging situations, the Ontario Residence by the Ministry of Design seeks relevant and authentic solutions that challenge prevailing conventions of local luxury bungalow design.

GFA 420m2

The first challenge is rooted in the context of site - how to give a sense of privacy to a house that has

Project Architect Park + Associates

little visual privacy from its neighbours in spite of sitting on its own piece of land? The second is the

Contractor Entron Construction

awkwardness of the car porch which typically manifests itself as a standalone or disjointed object: how


to incorporate it seamlessly into the language of the overall building?


Photography Edward Hendricks, CI&A Photography


The primary part of the building is built on an assemblage of simple geometries: a vertical tower block juxtaposed with a horizontal block, capped by an overhanging hood – the car porch. The main public spaces are turned inwards towards a double-story courtyard and lap pool. Organised around this central space, residents enjoy activities in a sense of calm privacy bathed in captured natural light from above. The tower houses the master wing, which is constantly cooled by the prevailing cross-breezes. The Ontario Residence is characterized by graceful proportions and pure geometries.




First floor plan


Basement plan








Balmain House


Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

Client/owner Brian Zulaikha and Janet Laurence Location Balmain, Sydney, NSW, Australia

This project was carried out in association with Drew Heath Architect. The site is very exposed, facing south onto Sydney Harbour. The challenge was to create a comfortable dwelling which would be liveable in all weather conditions, transforming the mundane architecture of the existing dwelling house, but

Design Odile Decq Benoît Cornette Architects and Urban Planners

informed by the robust quality of the 1918 gunpowder store on which it had been built.

Consultants Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects in Collaboration with Drew Heath Architect (architect ) / Simpson Design (structural engineers)

The aim was to create a close connection with the outdoors and view at all times. The detailing was

Photography Michael Nicholson

various timbers expressively to reveal the structure which, when perceived from the exterior, reveal the

driven by this connectivity. As far as possible, all windows and doors slide out of view. The interior uses

skeleton. The interior and exterior are “equal” in accentuating this connectivity.


Vertical hardwood batten screen and sliding windows.

Southern Elevation Southern façade.

View over entrance to off-kitchen sunroom.




Ground floor.



Steel framed stair and daybed.

Kitchen featuring custom built timber workbench.

Steel framed stair with hardwood treads and custom built timber shelving.



Bedroom featuring custom built plywood sliding cupboard and bedroom suite.

First floor bedroom and sunroom.

Open plan first floor.

Lower Ground Floor Plan

First floor living area and sunroom.

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan


Country Heights Damansara


LOOK Architects Pte Ltd

Client/owner Dr. Leow Chee Wah Location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Luxuriant scenery can transcend the role of a static vista, as the single-family home – Country Heights Damansara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – by LOOK Architects can attest to. A land parcel located on a gentle hillock within one of the several select residential districts in Damansara inspired the designers

Site area 890m2

to conceive of an integrative architectural approach where the house is virtually an offshoot of the

GFA 407m2

natural setting it nestles in.

Photography Amir Sultan

The existing gradient of the sloping landform is construed to underpin an elevated cascading pool that announces a sense of arrival from the main entrance. The lip of the cascading pool, clad in the indigenous Sukabumi stone, sits on a stilt-supported platform to create a delicate interface with the surrounding foliage, impressing upon the viewer that the house is nimbly reclining in the fold of the landscape. A spiral staircase connects the pool deck to a lower tier of relaxation space, a snug corner brushing the feathery tips of greenery that offers the most candid contact with nature. A lavishly cantilevered glass canopy denotes a transparent transitional space uniting the expansive outdoors with a sonorous gallery comprising the interlocking living/dining room and semi-open kitchen.

The upper half of the building volume is swathed in a continuous aluminum envelop, whose lustrous champagne-colored sheen contrasts with the surrounding sprawl of nature. However, the rationale behind this prominently shaped roof is steeped in the homegrown know-how of construction in the tropics, albeit given a contemporary interpretation – the curvature of the aerodynamic roof profile effectively collects and channels prevailing south-west breezes through the main mass of the house. This environmental control mechanism is significantly enhanced by evaporative cooling occurring over the surface of a reflective pool that is strategically situated underneath the interior circulation staircase, resulting in a sustainable solution that can serve as a prototypical substitution for mechanical means of cooling.

The passage through the interior staircase is devised to first undergo a spatial compression generated by the enclosure of an exterior appendage prudently wedged on the north-eastern façade, and tension is quickly resolved as this reverberating vestibule opens out to an airy hallway giving access to four bedrooms on the second story. The supple grain of merbau timber screen materializes at either end of this aisle, complementing the sleek unembellished aplomb of the roof above. Not only articulating the flanks of the bent aluminum roof profile, the introduction of the timber screens further furnishes the residents with a sumptuous sense of tactility in their daily experience of the habitat.

Cradled in copious greenery, the dwelling rises lithely from the natural contours of the landscape.

The main approach from the porous southwestern façade reveals the interlocking living and dining areas on the first storey and the circulation hallway on the upper storey.



Elevations and section.

A cascading pool hovers above the magnificent extent of native vegetation stretching across the ends of the horizon.

Air flow through building.

Elevations and section.

A spiral staircase at the edge of the pool deck leads to a lowered tier of private relaxation space.

Orchestrated spatial sequences and a sensitively selected combination of materials form a sensuous palette that enriches the residents’ daily experience of their habitat.



(Left and above) Evaporative cooling over the reflective pool under the interior staircase enhances the natural air movement across the main mass of the house. This circulation vestibule, enclosed by an exterior appendage wedged on the north-eastern faรงade, has the effect of accruing a spatial cadence in the routine of vertical movement.

The supple texture of merbau timber screen materializes at either end of the aisle, harmonizing with the smooth profile of the encompassing roof.


Tan Residence


AR43 Architects

Client/owner Gary Tan Location Singapore

The client’s vision was the guiding force in the design of this house which is located in eastern Singapore. The Confucian notion of strong family ties was a definite influence when the client put forward a brief that specifically required the residence to house three generations – the client, his wife and their child,

Site area 782m2

as well as his parents. Elements of traditional Chinese architecture were borrowed and reinterpreted in

GFA 801m2

order to create a home which brought the occupants together while offering freedom to enjoy individual

Engineering and Management Consultants Edward E Woo Consultants RJ Consultants Photography Albert Lim


Akin to the traditional Chinese courtyard house, the hierarchy of spaces is intended to be apparent. Instead of creating a direct means of entering the house, the designer chose to adopt the traditional method of employing a series of views prolonging the journey into the living and the dining areas. A sense of arrival is thus created as anticipation is built up as one travels through these spaces. This serves to amplify the importance of these two areas as gathering spaces for the family, a notion repeated in the manner in which they are arranged around the Koi pond.

Instead of being merely a landscape element, the koi pond is central to the architecture of the house. In addition to providing an attractive backdrop for the views within the house, it allows for a visual

Floating Gardens – The lighting emphasizes the floating planes of the two blocks against the greenery of the rooftop garden and the landscaping.

connection between the major gathering spaces of the rooms. The pond, together with the living room, therefore performs a similar function to the Chinese courtyard by being a common open area that unifies different spaces in the house.

This function is especially important with regard to the second and third levels. For privacy, the house is divided into two blocks allowing for a degree of autonomy in the spaces occupied by the three generations. However, the arrangement of rooms around the central ‘courtyard’ ensures that the family members are not secluded from each other and that a shared atmosphere is achieved.

In addition to views within, the house was designed to create views towards the sea. A park separates the house from the beach and so the designer chose to have a rooftop garden to enable the occupants to freely look over the treetops. In addition to creating a ‘garden feel’, it provides a quiet retreat which also functions as an informal gathering area.

The notion of a Chinese garden is also important in the design of this house. Elements of wood, water and stone were combined to enhance the greenery which is punctuated by the sounds of birds kept by the occupants of the house. In fact, it is difficult to create a distinction between architecture and garden as the transition between inside and outside is made seamless by a series of openings that open up to patios. Nighttime View – The lighting reiterates the importance of the vegetation to the overall design of the residence.



Car Porch – The materials were carefully selected and detailed to highlight the elegance of the lines and to unite the house with the garden.

Entrance Gateway – A clear threshold is created by the feature wall beckoning towards the viewer.

Car Porch – Wood detailing was used to soften up the sleek lines of the design.

Rear Garden – Quaint, yet elegant elements were used in composing the garden hearkening to a bygone era.



Master Bathroom – Spaces on the third storey were designed for views that would skim above the nearby treetops.

Entry Porch – One in a series of views that pays homage to the concept of a traditional Chinese garden.

View of the living room from the rear garden – Sliding doors can be drawn open to extend the living room into the garden, emphasizing the continuity between exterior and interior.


Mountain Retreat Resolution: 4 Architecture

Located on a five-acre rocky outcrop, the Mountain Retreat trades in overwhelming city skyscrapers

Location Kerhonkson, New York, USA

and the scuttle of yellow cabs for sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains and hawks gliding over the

Manufacturer Apex Homes

thermals below. The client, who loves mountain biking and rock climbing, had camped out on a hilltop

Contractor JH Construction

during the siting of the house to determine the best spot, angle and orientation for his new escape. The

Photography Floto+Warner

resulting artifact is a retreat carefully crafted into its unique surroundings. The Mountain Retreat amiably provides an efficient 1,800 square foot indoor and outdoor living and entertaining experience.

The finished house, sitting partially on concrete stilts, gives way to a striking display. Its angular lines, soaring height, and unique blend of warm cedar siding with cool gray concrete panels and glass are displayed to great advantage in the context of its rough mountaintop setting. The stilts act as supports for the great room above and, below, define the parking spaces for an uncluttered entry and carport. 0 10 20


An enclosed staircase runs along the north side of the house. Sheathed inside and out in grey Cebonit, it leads from the ground floor entrance to the main living spaces, which exist peacefully as if situated upon the treetops. Requiring the insertion of pylons, a well, and a septic tank, the rocky terrain of the immediate site had to be blasted away. Rather than discarding the remnants, the rocks were scattered about in masses around the site. Used for outdoor seating and the entry pathway, the initiative further emphasizes the relation and integration of the house into the natural backdrop.

The home’s butterfly roof channels rainwater to two stainless-steel scuppers, from which it cascades off into in a waterfall effect upon thoughtfully placed boulders. The butterfly roofs on both ends also give the master bedroom a tall, sloped ceiling enabling the entry of an abundance of light from above, while a suite of ground-room floors fit cozily below. An elevated cedar deck wraps around three sides of the great room, offering a full day of sunshine for deck lounging and for the entire room to be opened to the outdoors with ease. Plain white duck-cotton curtains on exposed stainless-steel tracks were designed along the three walls to enable the client to maintain any level of personal privacy and protection from the sun as desired.

Throughout the house, sustainable, engineered bamboo floors were employed. Preserved with whitewash, they add a durable, yet softening touch to an already airy, open space. The predominantly light-hued interior is dramatically interrupted by dark countertops, and the dark cement panels proceed as an accent to both the inside and out.







Masuzawa House SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

Client/owner Toru Mazuzawa Location Sentosa Cove, Singapore

The house consists of three wings on a rectangular site organized around a courtyard with views out to the oceanfront. The three wings consist of the main living areas on the eastern side, the master suite and entry patio on the south and the single story entertainment area to the west.

Civil and Structure MSE engineering M&E Chee Choon & associates QS 1MH & associates

Entry to the house is choreographed through a series of spaces. A stone feature wall affronts the entry court where one is greeted by the dramatic pitched roof form of the two wings ‘floating’ above the wall. Formed by aluminum sections, the roof appears to wrap around the sides of the second story providing

Main contractor Huat Builders

a strong feature datum that leads the visitor through the feature wall. Beyond the bridge, the entry

Photography Aaron Pocock , Albert Lim

pavilion is surrounded by water and opens out to the swimming pool and lawn area. The oceanfront view beyond the pool is further stretched with the large expanse of glassed areas on the ground floor of the east and west wings.

Having arrived at the ‘center’, one turns to the right and encounters the largest wing, containing the principal living and dining areas, and the secondary bedrooms above. This is entered across a stone platform under the bridge that links the east wing to the south. The experience of the interior is delayed and anticipation is heightened. To the west is the more ‘public’ wing where the meeting room, office and entertainment room is located. This is a one story structure with a timber deck viewing gallery above; accessed via a steel spiral stair, the deck is partially covered by a glassed roof. The second roof, together with deep trellised projections over the fully glazed ground floor, provides much shade from the sun and rain.

The bedrooms on the second floor are placed on the east-facing wall while the corridor on the west has a horizontal slit window which offers a dramatic view as one approaches the bedroom. The master bedroom suite has an open plan with an internal courtyard open to sky. This brings in natural ventilation and light into the large master bath and walk-in wardrobe areas.







Setiamurni House


SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

Client/owner Ms Lee Jim Leng Location Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

Located in Jalan Setiamurni in Kuala Lumpur, the site slopes down from front to rear which creates the opportunity to build a sub-basement that is not immediately apparent from the entrance.

Site area 1,800m2

The form of the house is a minimal rectangular box clad in horizontal grey anodized aluminum louvers.

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The public faรงade is almost opaque while the private rear elevation is substantially open in order to avail

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itself of the extensive views of the valley. A flat metal roof, which is supported on a series of U-shaped steel structures appears to float above the house.

M&E Perundung ERA QS Perundung SL Chartered Quantity Main contractor PC Construction Sdn Bhd

A gymnasium is housed in a smaller box adjacent to the main house. This box, which is clad with a chengal timber screen, complements the form and strong horizontal lines of the main block, yet highlights their difference in terms of materials and texture.

Photography Albert Lim

The entry court is defined by three stone-clad feature walls and a reflective pool where a bridge lies across. Past the double height stone wall, the bridge spans a void that opens up to the basement guest suites. This dramatic approach ends at the door where one faces breathtaking views of the valley from the open plan living and dining space. Minimal service space was planned at the ground floor with the

Luxuriant planting softens the high concrete retaining walls that provide security from Setiamurni road.

remaining in the basement; this allows an expanse of free space with unobstructed views. The service box on plan is balanced with the library box beyond the pool.

At the second story, the double skin screened faรงade provides much relief from the sun due to the east west orientation of the site. The outer layer mounted on the U-shaped steel structure, creates a phenomelogical experience at the access corridor. The second layer of movable screens offers an additional layer for privacy purposes. The resultant design is a composition of precise lines and interlocking volumes that blends harmoniously and creates a distinctly contemporary residence.

Multi layered facade provides sunshading and controlled cross-ventilation.



Meticulous detailing in steel, glass, concrete and stone is evident throughout the house.

The entrance is via a glass-sided bridge over a void that brings light to the guest suites.

The access to the bedrooms on the Eastern flank of the house.



Ensuite bathrooms looking towards wooded valey. Open plan living room enjoys a wooded valley.

Striated stone cladding reinforces the horizontal emphasis of the elevations.

The overhanging roof is supported on composite steel columns. Horizontal aluminium louvres placed along east and west elevations to counteract the early morning and late evening sun.


Changi House


Formwerkz Architects

Location Singapore Design Team Alan Tay, Gwen Tan, Seetoh Kum Loon, Ekachai

The architects aimed at designing a space sufficient to house the client’s multi-generation family of 11 people within a fairly small built-up area of 370sq.m. The amount of built-up area allowable for the particular site is largely pre-determined by the local authorities’ zoning act. In addition, the client had

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certain feng shui requirements. Two of the key requirements that to some extent shaped the massing

Civil & Structure SB Ng & Associates

and layout of the design was that no hole be bored into the ground and that the house to be under one

Quantity Surveyor CCL Chartered Surveyors Pte Ltd

roof. The first requirement ruled out the possibility of a basement and the need for the swimming pool to be raised.

Site area 600m2 GFA 490m2 Photography Albert Lim

A key objective was to create open and permeable living spaces with direct relationships to the surrounding nature, while at the same time, designing for privacy. This concurrent need for privacy and openness is especially crucial for the large family living within. The floor plates were staggered to pack in more rooms while at the same time free up more area for communal spaces.

The house is organized around the simple parti of a linear block with different functional zones layered from the manicured front garden which is the main landscape zone. The extroverted spaces of living, dining, family room, swimming pool area, master bedroom, and master study are organized along the landscape zone while the introverted spaces of other bedrooms and service areas looks to a series of smaller enclosed landscape spaces at the rear. The strategically placed circulation spine defines the threshold between the extroverted communal spaces and introverted spaces.

The curvilinear plane of timber fins, glass and titanium-zinc which envelopes the family room, balcony, master bedroom and attic spaces expand and unites the layered functional spaces at the same time, creating a sense of spaciousness in an otherwise compact layout. The 250mm wide by 25mm thick balau timber fins form a seamless enclosure to the long balcony that buffers both the family room and the master bedroom from the main traffic. Spaced at intervals of 150mm and following the shape of the curvilinear envelope, the broad and profiled horizontal timber slates function as railing and screen, juggling the need for privacy without overcompromising the view out.

Facade detail



Master bedroom looking out into family area.

Entrance foyer.

Street elevation.

Garden at entrance foyer.



Stairs to attic & pool deck.

Living area.

Study at attic.

Pool deck on roof.


GDL 1 House bgp arquitectura

Location Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Site area 780m2 GFA 750m2 Project team Daniela Legorreta, Hector Barroso, JN Morones Esquivel, Carlos Coronel Structure Colinas de Buen Ingenieros Photography Jaime Navarro

The project is located on a sloped site in the suburbs of the city of Guadalajara, with a fantastic view towards a beautiful green area and the city.

The house is composed by two rectangular prisms one over the other and placed in a perpendicular orientation between them. The bottom prism contains the private areas and the vestibule. At the same time, this parallelogram cuts the lot creating a private courtyard of white gravel in the highest part of the site, and a garden, terrace and pool in the lowest, towards the view.

The second volume, running parallel to the street, houses the public activities and floats over the place in one of its sides in a 12 meter (36 ft) cantilever. The street elevation is clad in stone as a massive wall, while the south and west facades are glazed allowing views to the park.

In the intersection of both volumes is a double-height vestibule area with a skylight and a reflective pond. The lack of walls in the second floor, the use of glass for handrails and a dining room that is hanging in a glazed mezzanine, lets the space flow into the living room. The dining room expands toward the roof of the bedrooms as a deck that becomes a wood volume defining the entrance.






AV House


bgp arquitectura

Client/owner Alejandro Vigil Location Mexico City, Mexico Site area 650m2

The project is a redesign of a house from the 70s – of no significant architectural value – located in front of one of the most important avenues of the city. The original structure of the house was kept intact for cost reasons. The intervention consists in a transformation of the exterior of the building and redefinition of the interior functions according to the new requirements of the owner.

GFA 641m2 Project team Edson Castillo, Santiago de la Mora, Mayte Espinosa, Samael Barrios Contractor Grupo V y G. Photography Rafael Gamo, unless stated

The lack of views led to a total redesign of the exterior to create different gardens and courtyards that function as a continuation of the interior. The sound of moving water helps neutralize the noise from traffic.

The ground floor is transparent, with a couple of stone walls running and crossing it, parallel to each other, and “flats” over the pond. The second level is totally solid covered with white stucco with some small openings.




101 Southeast façade

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Northwest façade

Back yard of the house

View from the living room


1.  Lobby 2.  Study 3.  Reflecting pool 4.  Living room 5.  Dinning room 6.  Terrace 7.  Garden 8.  Kitchen 9.  Family room 10.  Master bedroom 11. Bedroom 12.  Service room



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Westport Meadow House


Maryann Thompson Architects

Client/owner Douglas Reed and William Makris Location Westport, Massachusetts, USA

This one story house nestles in a forty-acre meadow on the Westport River. The house was conceived as an “indoor/outdoor” space which is firmly rooted to its site. A space of 1800 sq ft of deck stretches along the western elevation and perforates the plan at the entry, creating a modified “dogtrot.” Enclosed

Landscape architect Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Inc.

by the living room and master bedroom, this dogtrot space becomes an “interiorized” outdoor room

Structural engineer Richmond So Engineers, Inc.

and a threshold between public and private spaces. Large sliding doors at the living room and master

Contractor Kendrick Snyder Builders

bedroom corners open onto the deck, inviting light and cross-ventilation into the body of the scheme, and allowing for a dual reading of these rooms as both interior and exterior spaces. When the doors are

furniture Thad Hayes, Inc.

fully open, these spaces read as “screened porches” rather than traditionally enclosed rooms. Floor

Photography Chuck Choi Architectural Photography

and ceiling planes in the living room and bedrooms continue onto the decks, furthering the ambiguity between inside and outside space. Light passes through the four-sided clerestory in the living room, illuminating the volume with changing patterns throughout the day and across the seasons.

A wood-clad “organizing wall” skewers the scheme, around which the program spaces wrap. Storage, HVAC, kitchen appliances and laundry areas are concealed within to preserve unobstructed connection to the landscape. The organizing wall serves as a deep threshold, heightening and reinforcing one’s layered passage from the meadow to the river. Program elements are distributed across the threshold depending upon their peak occupancy.

The kitchen, breakfast area and office face east to take in

morning light, while the combined living/dining room, bedrooms and decks face west and south for afternoon sunsets. Deep overhangs on the western elevation shade the expansive glass creating a shady exterior place to sit and accentuating the overall horizontality of the house, connecting it to the

Sliding doors open at the corners of the master bedroom and living room allowing for a dual reading of these rooms as both interor and exterior spaces.

horizon by way of the meadow and river beyond. By utilizing a subtle and simple palette, the design echoes its setting while adhering to a fixed budget.

Approaching along the wooded entry drive, the house appears from behind a layer of stone walls and the gentle slope of the meadow.

A wood-clad organizing wall skewers the scheme, defining the transition between meadow and river.

The private, outdoor shower on the house’s north side is an extension of the master bedroom suite.

Selective openings in the façade reveal and conceal views of the river to build mystery and suspense.



A linear clerestory wraps the living room, lifting the roof volume and flooding the space with natural light.

A modified dogtrot perforates the plan at the entry, creating an “interiorized� outdoor room, while bringing light and crossventilation into the interior.

1. Garage 2. Guest room 3. Master bedroom 4. Master bath 5. Study 6. Utility closet 7. Living room 8. Breakfast room 9. Kitchen 10. Laundry room 11. Deck

Steps down and transitioning materials between the entry hall and the living room emphasize the sloping grade and movement from meadow to river.

Sliding partitions at the guest bedroom allow for privacy while preserving unobstructed sightlines through the living room to the landscape


La Loma II House Garduno Arquitectos

Location La Loma Santa Fe, Mexico City, Mexico GFA 670m2 General contractor Alen Construcciones, Enrique Alvarez

La Loma II is a project that uses natural elements like water and wood.

Water is used as an ornamental element in cylindrical form contained by steel walls, and tropical wood lattice windows which act like a protective skin isolating the house from the outside.

Structural engineer Aguilar Engineer, Salvador Aguilar Electrical engineer RCL, Architect Roberto Campoy

The great majority of service areas are located in the cellar, under the street level, giving the feeling of a two-level house leaving 260 sq m of green area.

Photography Paul Czitrom

The complementary areas of the house were developed in an “L” shape 705 sq m that integrates with the garden.

To separate the two volumes that uproot the construction in different angles, a lobby of double-height forms and a tunnel of crystal floating in the center unites both bodies of construction.

The composition of areas, volumes, forms and textures in the facades is obtained through different compound and interconnected elements. The use of the continuous crystal towards the garden speaks of the transparency without sacrificing privacy. That is why in the north wing, the dining room is only contained by glass and its slab maintained by columns exposed in a “V” shape, thus fusing it with the garden and water.







Good-Class Bungalow APds Architects

Client/owner Mrs Vincent De Silva Location Holland Road, Singapore

The site is located on a deep hill sloping from the front to the back with a drop in height of 10 metres. The plot faces a busy main road.

C&S Engineer JS Tan & Associates

The architects created two side and front walls that play a transitional or controlling role. The front wall

M&E Engineer Bescon Consultants Engineers

is visible in the approach to the house enhancing its privacy and calm. Views of the house are shielded

Quantity Surveyors PCS Consultants PTE Ltd Photography David Phan

by layers of solid wall and a marble feature wall in slip-face finish. These perimeter walls are low enough to reveal the top of mature trees. Upon arrival, one can see the warm-grey planted box which is the Prayer Room and the golden champagne coloured light-reflective aluminium roof of the wings.

A pair of solid granite slabs in the reflective pool visually link to the entrance foyer and straight to the endless swimming pool. Vertical aluminium louvers forms a second view-obscuring threshold, intentionally denying the visitor immediate discovery of the swimming pool.

The swimming pool is in the middle of the courtyard. It has three skylights at the bottom of the swimming slab which act as lenses, reflecting light inside the basement corridors and outdoor terrace in flickering, aqueous patterns. As light filters through the pool’s water and glass panels, a swimmer can see who is directly below and vice versa. The view through the water is surprisingly transparent and it appears only 100mm deep.

In the 1000 sq m house are three relatively large bedroom suites. The entry level features a generously scaled living which has a double-height void at the heart of the house. Enclosed by sheets of clear glass, rather like a museum display case, this modern version of a patio courtyard with its pool and stone sculpture constitutes the focus of the composition. The dining room and kitchen are clustered to the east wing, overlooking the swimming pool and opening out to a large garden. These are loosely arranged around the central void which is bisected by a elegantly detailed steel and glass bridge.

The west wing has two bedroom suites and a prayer room and at the lowest level, a games room, entertainment room, guestroom and maid’s room.

The house takes the swimming pool’s water line as its horizontal datum, with the basement below following the site’s sloping topography while high above it, a giant fluid clerestory window faces west. Throughout the house, enclosure and openness play against one another, altering the quality of light, balancing and enlivening its interiors.







Orr Residence


Swatt | Miers Architects

Client/owner Dominic Orr Location Saratoga, California, USA

This house is located on a 3.3 acre steep west-facing, down-slope lot in semi-rural Saratoga, California. Surrounded by mature oak trees and groves of maple and redwood trees, the site enjoys spectacular valley views to the north, west and south.

Photography Cesar Rubio

This project is an addition and remodel of a 1970s stucco-clad two story home. Although the original home was built well, it had major deficiencies:

a long and narrow living room not conducive to

entertaining, a formal dining room that did not fit the owner’s casual lifestyle, inadequate parking, a severe and uninviting exterior entry, and tired and outdated interiors throughout. The design program was to address all of the deficiencies in a creative modern way. Additionally, the owner requested that the project be sensitive to sustainability, with major portions of the existing framing and skin of the building either retained or recycled into the new design.

Because of the almost square proportions of the existing building, affectionately called a “wide body� by the architects, the first strategy was to cut an atrium into the center of the building to maximize natural daylight. Bathed in light from a skylight above, the new atrium brings natural light to the entry, the living room, a lower level tatami room and home office, and dramatically illuminates the stairs to the lower level as well as a beautiful mahogany bridge that spans the two story space.

The kitchen has been planned as a large multi-purpose space which includes an informal dining space. The kitchen/dining area and the living area share a beautiful new stone terrace, bordered by a cantilevered reflecting pool that extends vistas to the south horizon while minimizing views of the expanded driveway below.

Formally, the new design introduces a series of overlapping horizontal cedar clad planes, which protect the glazing and visually extend interior space to the exterior. Two of the four pre-existing sloped roofs were retained in the new design. One of these roofs is used to support new photovoltaic panels, while the other serves to reduce the scale of the north side of the building, adjacent to a beautiful Japanese inspired garden. One of the most successful aspects of this project is the sensitive combination of new and old elements to create a new design that is fresh, unique, and beautiful to look at and live in.

This house is constructed of wood frame over concrete pier and grade beam foundations. Steel girders are utilized at long spans and to support wide overhangs and cantilevers.

New carport under new reflecting pool and kitchen.



View of terrace and reflecting pool from dining area.

West elevation

South elevation

Entrance courtyard looking towards east.

New terrace with reflecting pool.

East terrace and reflecting pool.

Overlapping roofs at new kitchen.



Living area

Entrance to tatami room.

New kitchen / dining space.

View of bridge toeards entry.

View of atrium from bridge.

Master bath


Pachter Studio Teeple Architects Inc.

Client/owner Charles Pachter, Artist Location Toronto, Canada

This new three story residential project is linked to an existing artist’s studio in a vibrant downtown area between Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Structural R Villa Associates

Located within a narrow site widened at the existing artist’s studio toward the rear lane, a series of 100

Contractor Golden Hammer Construction

sq.m. stacked and staggered metal clad ‘tubes’ draw light and sky into otherwise long horizontal floors.

Photography Tom Arban

Revealed by aluminum frames glazed with clear glass, the ‘tube’ ends reveal a translucent glazed vertical interior tube containing private stair access joining the artist’s library, archives, and new living areas. Amidst courtyards and terraces located along the ‘tubes’, framed views of neighbourhood trees and Victorian context become the backdrop to a quiet interior of cherry wood storage cabinets, wardrobes and kitchen cabinets in an otherwise austere contemplative residence.




Ground floor - studio 1. front garden 2. entrance walkway 3. studio workroom 4. pool / courtyard

Middle floor - gallery 1. gallery 2. courtyard 3. back studio

Upper floor - residence 1. living 2. kitchen 3. bedroom




Spiral House


Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architects

Location Pigniu/Panix, Surselva Region of Graubünden, Switzerland Civil engineer Walter Bieler AG Ingenieurbüro Spezialität Holzbau, Bonaduz Physics of Building Ferdinand Stadlin Bautechnologie, Buchs Electrical engineer A. Hegger, Chur Plumbing engineer CS Claudio Secomandi, Chur Oven planner Spiess Ofentechnik AG, Albin Kühne jun., Illnau Carpenter’s planner Fro-Innenarchitektur, Roman Fröhlich, Trin Special-Details Sloom en Slordig, Serge Leummens, Schiedam NL Photography Ralph Feinner, Malans

The village Pigniu/Panix is situated 1,300 meters above sea in the Surselva Region of Graubünden, above Ilanz. The house is situated in the village center and blends into the streetscape.

A band surrounds the whole volume on both levels. There is a change of materials from concrete in the socle to wooden shingles in the upper living floor. Even if the house is freestanding, an articulation of subdivided volumes is reached by shifting the two levels to each other – this dynamic structure reduces the massiveness of the house and connects it to the Alpine panorama. Due to safety concerns about wooden walls and to meet fire regulations, the upper wooden part is shifted away from the socle.

Materials used in the house were chosen in relation to the surrounding houses and barns. Its constructive language connects traditional elements with modern techniques. The lower part is in concrete with a flat modular formwork – the upper part is of prefabricated wooden elements, covered with hand-cut larch shingles. The larch windows and shutters are the same for both parts, accentuating the continuity of the band.

While the house is integrated with the surroundings, the inner spaces are completely different. The open spaces are divided only by levels and sliding walls. The continuity of the spiral is reflected in the spatial structure and thereby in the daily movements of the inhabitants. The soapstone fireplace is the centerpiece of the movement – continuing over two levels from oven to “chaise très longue” and ending in the kitchen.

Northeast view

Southeast view

Southwest view






Lien Residence Ministry Of Design

Client/owner Lien Ying Chow (Pte) Ltd Location Singapore

Returning to the romance of the single story bungalow house, this zig-zag house acquires its unique form via a series of formal maneuvers around a mature tree located on its long and triangulated sliver of land.

Site area 1,500m2 GFA 600m2 Submission Architect Park + Associates Contractor Domain Trading & Construction

Tropically acclimatized to the region, the building’s twisting form creates “in-between” spaces which provide shelter from nature’s harsh elements and simultaneously allow for cross ventilation and filtered light. Courtyards, captured by the turning of the twisted building form, bring light into the basement service areas. Internal corridors serve as breezeways between air-conditioned and naturally cooled areas.

Civil & Structural Engineer JS Tan & Associates M&E Engineer LAC Engineers & Associates

Slightly lofted over the ground, each of the building’s three Miesian inspired wings house an entertainment zone, a family zone and a private master zone. Seen as a seamless singular form, the building reads as

Quantity Surveyor Ian Chng Cost Consultants

both sheltering building as well as abstracted sculpture. Viewed from the vicinity’s taller structures, the

Masterplanner K2LD Architects

building’s roofscape provides the final design touch – where diagonally arranged planting strips echo the

Landscape Architect Tierra Design Photography Edward Hendricks, Patrick Bingham-Hall

unique twisted form of the House Around a Tree.





Weili Residence


Gordon Architect

Client/owner Pua Weili Location Sarawak, Malaysia

It seems quite some time ago when a family of four generations would live under one roof. This house of 8000 sq ft on an acre of land in a well developed housing estate was designed to house the children, their parents, grandparents and their great grandparents in a 21st century setting.

Site area 4,897m2 GFA 744m2 C & S engineer PCS Konsultant Sdn BHD Photography Leong Choon Min

The architects’ approach to fulfill the customers’ demand and to meet the many lifestyles was to start simple. Strong vertical lines were balanced by bold horizontal lines by using sun shades to result in a house that has both a formal and bold look. The roof is pitched for that end. The pitched roof also pleased the folks who thought that no other roof form was acceptable. Around the house are spaces of tranquility, spaces of fun and casual activities. Overall, this home was aimed to be formal with dashes of modern elements, orderly but with spaces for casual activities.

The same orderly and formal design was led into the house is evident in the entrance foyer. Straight and clean vertical and horizontal elements continue in the interior design. This makes the house clean and orderly while its grandeur satisfies the elderly and modernity pleases the young.

The bright interiors are lit by controlling natural sun light during the day. Carefully placed lightings light the house by night.

The living room was designed to emulate a pavilion built on top of a lake. Water features which end at the edge of the living room could be viewed in full from the inside.

The games room, dining room, kitchen and wet kitchen were arranged to suit the diverse lifestyle and activities of this family. These living spaces are divided by sliding doors hidden into the walls when

Front elevation

opened, but they all connect naturally and extend to the courtyard which has an edgeless swimming pool, pergolas, wooden decked terrace and clean landscaping.

The courtyard was designed for family activities. The sparing use of wood and stones together with cacti plants further enhances the formal and clean look overall. These resort-like spaces are perfect for the whole family to enjoy festive seasons together.

The courtyard garden is also quiet and serene during the day, a perfect place to retreat into.

This is a house for a family with strong generational ties. The architecture tried to accommodate their many needs, taste and lifestyles. The architecture also tried to create a home of activities, communion and rest, and essentially to create a home that bridges the generation gap.

Ground floor plan

First floor plan



Transitional space.

Living space on floating landscape.

Living room’s terrace surrounded by sculptural lake.

Sculptural landscape within the house backdrop.

Enclosing space between house and pool terrace.

Shaded pergolas at pool.


Kuok House


SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

Client/owner Toru Mazuzawa Location Sentosa Cove, Singapore

Organized around a central courtyard, the living areas form two wings anchored at the center by the main stair core and service areas. The L-shaped configuration affords all rooms with uninterrupted views to the ocean. The form is a balanced composition of planes and volumes. Timber and white washed

Site area 1,900m2

walls form the main living volumes in contrast with the stone clad walls that define the threshold

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between inside and outside.

Civil and Structure Leng Consultants

The cantilevered entrance canopy leads the visitor past a pair of stone clad walls with vertical slits

M&E Chee Choon & associates

providing little hints of the views beyond. The entrance door opens to a foyer with full-height glazing

QS 1MH & associates

offering a breathtaking view of the courtyard and the ocean beyond. The stone-clad wall forms a strong

Main contractor Daiya Engineering & construction Photography Aaron Pocock

visual datum towards the ocean, guiding the visitor to the living room area with vertical slits capturing framed views back to the landscaped areas.

An open corridor behind the wall creates a threshold

between the glazed interior from the outside. Reminiscent of the vernacular tropical verandahs, this modern interpretation invites users out into the lawn area. The roof over this verandah forms balconies that serve the bedrooms above.

The second story consists of two wings defined by the pitched timber-clad roof. Linking the volumes together is the hallway where the bedrooms are accessed by screened corridors that face the entrance road; the master suite also has horizontal screens at west facing facade. An open courtyard behind the master suite serves the master bath area, providing a serene natural setting for this naturally vented space.




House in Aihara Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

Location Machida, Tokyo, Japan Structural engineers Oga Structural Design Office

The total floor area 1,180 sq.m. is small for a family of parents and three children although it is not exceptional in Tokyo. The aim was to bring comfort given the limited area and cost.

Mechanical engineers Akeno Mechanical Laboratory

The site has two levels: the road level and the ground level of the site is 1.3m higher than the road.

Site area 349.93m2

The gap of the level was used as a skip floor with 7 levels. Each level connects one after another. So,

Building coverage 122.27m2

compared with the usual houses, this house is continuous. Because of the skip floor, inhabitants can look at two levels at one time, the upper and lower, so they feel the space is bigger than usual flat

GFA 195.13m2

house. Besides, the sky is visible through the upper floor window which gives a visual and mental

Photography Future-scape Architecture

spread to the house.

The vertical continuity of space makes communication more complicated. While in a flat house, the direction of communication is horizontal, in this house, it is not only horizontal but above and below. So, it is usual that the younger daughter speaks to the parents from the upper floor.

The materials of the exterior appearance such as autoclaved lightweight concrete board or galvanizing wire fence are very cheap materials and often used in this area where there are many reasonably priced houses. But the difference is in how these materials are used and the simplicity of the house.

The wind passes from the south to north, and from below to above. Therefore, on the south side, louver windows with double glass are used which can be opened entirely. In winter, it is possible to close each space using folding doors in order to retain heat.





Alexander Residence Elmslie Osler Architect

Client/owner Jack Alexander Location Southampton, New York, USA Photography Eric Laignel / Oliver Link

An existing cedar shingled ranch house from the 60s, set on a hill overlooking Shinnecock Bay, was completely renovated to extend and connect the residence to the site. The exterior has been transformed by sheathing the house in cement board panels and integrating a lap pool into the master plan. The plan, section, elevations and material applications all serve the house’s relationship with its dramatic surroundings. The interior is linked to the landscape with new window openings that frame views and natural elements. The fusion of inside and outside is emphasized through continuity of materials; the chimney that runs through the entire house is encased in the same cement board used on the exterior facade; horizontally the connection is made by continuing tile from the kitchen floor onto the exterior terrace. Transparency is expressed through a view encased by the front bay window and its reflection, a window beyond. Exposed trusses slip over structure, tying the front to the back and vertically expanding the interior space. The house embraces the landscape by dematerializing the line between the inside and outside, and enriching the experience of the site.





Detached Villa Herman Hertzberger

Client/owner Family Postmus Location Bergen, the Netherlands Design team Patrick Fransen (architect), Laurens Jan ten Kate, Jeroen Baijens, Jos Halfweeg GFA 360m2 Photography Courtesy of Herman Hertzberger

This villa is located in a leafy suburb of Bergen. It comprises three layers and is organised as a continuous space around a number of supporting cores, with stairways, storage spaces and toilets. The circulation spaces between the cores offer an overview and views in all directions.

The hallway, varyingly positioned stairways and landing act as a catalyst between the rooms. Positioned in the corners, the rooms are in direct connection with each other and open on to the central hallway, from which they can be separated by sliding doors. Every space has a visual relationship with two or three other spaces on the same floor or an upper or lower floor.

Thanks to the villa’s transparency, the wooded exterior space is drawn into the house with greater intensity. The way this view is directed, the open corners and one huge cupboard per space like a sort of inside pocket in the outer skin allow for flexible and, in the future, interchangeable use.

The outer skin may be seen as an anti-construction, referring to the precepts of Van Doesburg and Van Eesteren. The exterior space permeates the heart of the house, and the inner space extends into the exterior space defined within the building lines.





Floating Water Villa Herman Hertzberger

Client/owner Woongoed Middelburg, Middelburg + Walcherse Bouw Unie bv, Grijpskerke Location Middelburg, the Netherlands Design team Herman Hertzberger, Patrick Fransen, Folkert Stropsma, Jeroen Baijens, Henk de Weijer, Cor Kruter Structural engineer ABT, Velp Sweegers en de Bruijn bv, ‘s-Hertogenbosch Mechanical engineer Installatiebedrijf Middelburg bv, Middelburg Electrical engineer Roelse Electrotechniek bv, Westkapelle Contractor Walcherse Bouw Unie bv, Grijpskerke Meijers Staalbouw bv, Serooskerke GFA 160m2 Photography Courtesy of Herman Hertzberger

If living on the water makes sense anywhere, then it is more so in the Netherlands. Houseboats have a vibrant image of individual expression and inventiveness but these houseboats are too little house and too much boat and not the most comfortable places to live in.

The first design for a watervilla dates to 1986 and the prototype now built in Middelburg, derived from the original virtually cylindrical type, has three levels and complete freedom of choice in fitting it out. You could have the living room on the ground floor or upstairs. All three levels boast generous terraces.

Living on the water brings freedom and independence. You can move your home whenever you feel like it. And being able to turn it around means you can change the view, depending on which direction the sun shines, to get the best energy consumption/saving ratio.

The flotation system consists of six interconnected steel offshore pipes with a diameter of some two metres. Ten millimetres thick, the pipes are built to last and need little in the way of maintenance. The advantage of hollow pipes as against the customary concrete caisson floats, is that they can be simply trimmed using ballast until the requisite draught and stability are achieved. The tubes can also double as a huge extra storage space.

Watervillas float on waterlots. Amenities such as parking, refuse collection and other public functions are provided for on the quaypark as a pier. The supply and discharge of services and sewerage are done collectively, as they would be on land.




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Ground floor


Putney House


Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects with Ellen Woolley Architect

Location Putney, Sydney, NSW, Australia Builder Golden Builders (Peter Schwarz)

On the northern bank of the Parramatta River, the site is set between large, new architecturally undistinguished houses. The view is to the south, and the plan was designed to take the form of an enclosed and private north-facing courtyard with living rooms extending through the depth of the house.

Photography Patrick Bingham Hall

The main living space is double-height. The expressive form of its folded plywood roof reaches through the wall to form a sunshade for its exposed glazing. On the upper floor, the main bedrooms and study are reached from a gallery bridge across this space.

Externally, the house has a dual character – to the north and facing the courtyard, the forms are playful and expressive, while the southern riverfront elevation recalls a pure ideal of the classical villa, with three pavilions raised on a blank base. The external walls are grey-stained ply, jointed with aluminium tee sections. Windows and solid shutters slide across the face of the walls, to leave the openings free of framing.

Living rooms open to the northern court and to the river to the south.

East elevation East Elevation Putney House, Putney 1: 200

The south facade, which looks out over the Parramatta river.



The south facade, which looks out over the Parramatta river.

The northern courtyard.

The folded ceiling of the living room extends through the glass as a sunshade.


Ground floor plan

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The northern courtyard.

Ground Floor Plan Putney House, Putney 1: 200

Level 2 floor plan


Level 1 Floor Plan Putney House, Putney 1: 200


Caulfield House S2 design

Text by Toby Horrocks

David Saunders, an architect in his thirties who heads up Melbourne firm S2 Design, owns 30 coffee machines. Display

Client/owner Debbie + Jason Arnheim

cabinets at the S2 office are full of curiosities: one contains a collection of teeth, and on the shelf above is a deer’s foot

Location Caulfield South, Victoria, Australia Site area 551m2 Builder Samra Builders Pty. Ltd. - Aric Drabkin Geotechnical engineer Hardrock Geotechnical Pty. Ltd. Structural engineer Alex Bursztyn & Partners Pty. Ltd. Lighting S2 design Landscaping S2 design Photography Michael Downes: Urban Angles

and antlers. Once, Saunders placed a lump of ancient Roman concrete dating back 2,000 years in a visitor’s palm. He’s an engaging bloke and has been designing some equally intriguing projects in this city. One of these is the Caulfield House, a stunning renovation and classic Modernist style extension to a seventy-year-old Californian bungalow in suburban Melbourne. The extension, an open-planned space with a taller-than-usual ceiling, is filled with light - two out of the three new walls are entirely glass. Its open, relaxed feel minimizes the division between inside and outside. Walking through the entry to the extension is a transition from closed to open, dark to light. The front door opens onto a view down the corridor straight to the garden through large sliding glass doors which provide excellent natural ventilation. The old timber floor and the new concrete floor are continuous: the new floor runs smoothly all the way outside to a lawn. Saunders envisioned the client’s children riding their tricycles from the living room to the backyard without obstruction.   Because the existing Californian bungalow style involves elaborating structure and the contemporary new extension involves minimising visible detail, there is an intriguing contrast and transition between the two. From the street you see nothing of the extension. Likewise, standing in the backyard, there is no vestige of the original house, although the glass walls allow a view of the interior, which reveals one oddly angled wall - part of the idiosyncratic site geometry. There is no real boundary to the addition, as the predominantly glass walls do not limit the view. Yet there is one definite edge defined by a double brick wall that provides protection from the cold south side, its thermal mass, along with the pale polished concrete floor, helping to stabilise internal temperatures.   Warm timber joinery details soften brick surfaces, as do glowing pendant light fittings and the square island of crimson coloured carpet set into the polished concrete floor of the living area. Other materials reflect details of the existing house. Weatherboards, which in the old house occur as decorative infill under the gable ends, are used as an internal lining to the kitchen bench, as well as an external cladding; unconventionally fixed vertically using a traditional lapped method.   The rear facade presents a powerful and memorable image. Its ingredients: a large cantilever, a single column and a slightly off-balance composition. The eave of the new roof extends over the northern wall, providing summer shading, while allowing low-angled winter sunshine to enter. It also provides rain protection to the rear barbecue patio, which is a simple extension of the floor. The wide roof facia has expressed fixings, an unexpected detail on the surface of this otherwise minimalist element. But then, David Saunders is not an architect who adheres to conventions.   Rather than being an object for public display, the Caulfield House is more an object for private consumption. The rear yard has become the new front yard – a realm where a Modernist glass pavilion evokes Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House or Philip Johnson’s Glass House, but on a modest, affordable scale. Monumentality is in the backyard.





House on a Ranch agps architecture

Client/owner Dr. Antoinette Hubenette, Dr. Stewart Middler Location Topanga, Los Angeles, California, USA Design Team Marc Angélil, Sarah Graham, Manuel Scholl, Reto Pfeninger, Hanspeter Oester Project Team Marc Angélil, Sarah Graham, Joe Baldwin, Garo Balmanoukian, Denisse Diaz De Leon Castelazo, Russell Dykann, Mark Ericson, David Freeland, Mark Motonaga, Riley Pratt Structural Engineer B.W. Smith Photography Eric Staudenmaier

Located in the hot and dry landscape of Southern California’s coastal canyons, the project investigates alternative approaches of living in relation to the land. The 10-acre site had been formerly occupied by an historic adobe house and various out-buildings that burned in a 1992 wildfire. Significant civil engineering was required to restore slopes and the access road to current legal standards.

Out of the site’s hillside topography, a series of narrow contours are articulated as the generating lines for the project, defining wider occupiable plateaus. The narrow lines become the access road, retaining walls, paths, and fence lines, which frame the orchards, paddock, gardens, and building sites. One continuous contour line locates the residence, caretaker’s house, and barn, which are to be constructed in successive phases. This slope begins with the house’s entry step ramp, continuing upslope in forming the edge of a garden, slipping beneath the caretaker’s house, and wrapping to shelter the barn.

The house’s lower zone, constructed of concrete, is of the earth. Garage, storage, and technical rooms are located here. In contrast to the earth level, the residence sits lightly above the land, conceived as a device for viewing and engaging the landscape. Three distinct volumes cantilever beyond the lower level toward multi-directional dramatic canyon views. Like a typical ranch house, a single floor level encompasses the central functions of eating, living, and sleeping. These three main functions are programmed into the three volumes of the house.

Constructed with a braced steel frame, the house floats over the land on the south side and steps onto the landscape garden to the north. The volumes of the structure overlap, bifurcate, and flow into each other generating oblique and partial views between and through adjacent spaces. The long opaque walls hold storage, cabinetry, and bathrooms. A transverse circulation spine bisects the three functional zones.

A folded roof structure is the result of variations in height of the three primary volumes. This surface also reflects the topographic subtleties of the landscape. The viewing walls toward the south and north are entirely glazed, whereas horizontal strip windows are the only fenestration occurring along the long storage walls.

Located in a climate in which heat and fire are perennial conditions, the building is a fire-rated assembly, whose exterior roof, wall, and cantilevered soffit surface is wrapped in a terra-cotta colored roofing membrane. The color is derived from the tones of the canyon landscape. The landscape design is generated from understanding the site in terms of sun exposure, fire areas, and native growth zones. New plantings are organized as crops, combining drought resistant and harvestable varieties following topographic formations.







a.  main house – phase I b.  stables – phase II c.  caretaker residence – phase III



West elevation

Study of west elevation

Lower entry



Cantilevers over garage




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1.  eating 2.  cooking 3.  living 4.  working 5.  sleeping 6.  dressing 7.  step ramp 8.  informal entry 9.  laundry room 10. garage 11. storage




New Dwelling Alan Jones Architects

Client Mrs L Jones Location Randalstown, Northern Ireland

This project demonstrates how a single house can achieve much more than the typology would normally suggest. A single one-off house is usually an accepted indulgence, an expression of owner/client and architect and of the particular circumstances that existed at its inception and construction.

Design Alan Jones, SPACE, Queen’s University Belfast Structural Engineers Doran Consulting Cost consultants W H McEvoy Photography Alan Jones

This single family house does so much more than normal. It takes up a prominent position in a town, within a row of public buildings, and sits at rest, and at peace, with its civic neighbours. This New Dwelling does not look like a house but more like a hall, This New Dwelling sheds those symbols and visual prompts that say “house” so that it resonates with the surrounding public buildings – as if, as some locals say, it looks “as if it was always meant to be there”. This New Dwelling is a model how to place other new houses in places where houses would not normally be found.

This house, for a dentist and their family, becomes a lesson in civic decorum, how to show visual restraint, for the good of a town. Like a person, this New Dwelling has a different public image to that on the inside.

Our modernist upbringing normally means we cannot accept that what is on the outside of architecture could be different to what is on the inside. Here, the public dwelling is different to private dwelling. The design of New Dwelling considers the transfer and travel between these two states. “Public” does not stop at the entrance door, as if the perimeter wall is the boundary wall, but the entrance sequences and reception spaces continue the public-ness within the dwelling – as we can choose to be public within our private worlds – as we invite guests and friends into our private world. New Dwelling considers how a new house should respond to context. Placing a fence around the house and then becoming introverted and inwardly focussed would not have been appropriate here. A fence is not needed – as every Sunday the side door of the church opens and the congregation leave for home. The eye of the public cannot reach the interior and the eye of the individual does not meet the public. Yet, the individual and the house looks out over the graveyard and the Anglican church beyond. This is a direct relationship – between individual and society, between dwelling and history, dwelling and architecture.

From the plainness of the outside to the internal textural concrete and the simple materials, this New Dwelling hints towards a return to fundamental constructional and architectural values.

New Dwelling has public spaces – spaces for enacting large parties, for tabletennis, for meetings and for dining. New Dwelling shows that modern domestic space can be flexible, ambiguous and vague so that it can be what you want it to be. There is long wide space – twenty metres by seven metres – that can be closed down in response to spatial, acoustic or thermal desires. It is not clear where the kitchen starts and dining space ends. It is difficult to find the stairs to the private bedrooms above and know where the living area or hall is.




South east elevation

South west elevation

North west elevation

North east elevation



Long section Short section

Rear garden in the evening

Rear facade detail

Rear door window

Entrance way



Living room

1.  Living room 2.  Kitchen 3.  Dining 4.  Reception 5.  Study 6.  Den 7.   WC / Shower / Bath 8.  Master bedroom 9.  Bedroom 10. Garage 11.  Plant / Utility 12.  Entrance Hall V.  Void T.  Sun Terrace

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Parque Via House Garduno Arquitectos

Location La Loma Santa Fe, Mexico City, Mexico GFA 350m2

The project arises from the necessity to annex a house-study to an existing house, respecting it and providing privacy in both, without interfering in the dialogue between the original construction and the natural surroundings of the forest.

General contractor Architec Ma. Teresa Rivera Structural engineer Aguilar Engineer, Salvador Aguilar Electrical engineer RCL, Architect Roberto Campoy

An extension of the original garden on top of the new construction ceiling enables both constructions to enjoy privacy and integrate into the woodland. From this concept, the idea of a “study under the garden� surfaces.

Photography Sebastian Saldivar

The proposal is based on two volumes that are connected by a central transparent volume, which is a circulation tunnel showcasing views of the forest and lodges an inner garden made up of different species of cactus of Mexican origin.

The volume to the west is conceived as box of double height that has great luminosity. On its ground floor, the kitchen is integrated into the living-dining area from where one can access the cave and south terrace. The presence of a great wall covered with corrugated aluminum has the double function of offering a cabinet area as well as dividing the entrance from the living room. Its texture contrasts with the simplicity of the other surfaces

The cave is an interesting space. Pre-knowledge of it from the beginning of the project enabled this to be integrated as a useful wine cellar-bar area.

The volume to the east lodges the master bedroom and bathroom. It appears to be a weightless volume that floats thanks to its slim columns that maintain an inclination and similar proportion to the branches of a tree. In this section, due to the conditions found in the subsoil, it was necessary that the columns crossed through the perforated ceiling of the second cave until compact land was found.

There was a special emphasis in the use of all the materials in their natural state. The use of the concrete as a finished phase manifests itself with warmth and texture thanks to its tepetate color. By means of a radiating heating system, heat conductivity and south orientation, this has become a power efficient house.

The detailed work of the exposed steel elements in the structure, gives an aspect of integration with the rest of the materials used in the construction. The textures suggested by the apparent constructive elements, lighten the weight of each element that compose the project and give origin to the handling of new architectonic expressions.









House in Nigata Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

Mechanical engineers Akeno Mechanical Laboratory Structural engineers Oga Structural Design Office Location Nigata, Japan

The house is located in front of spacious rice fields. It was designed in consideration of the relation between the rich environment and the client’s life.

Three small huts are placed on the ground floor.

Site area 349.93m2 GFA 122.27m2 Site coverage 195.13m2

The ground floor is an open space where the client enjoys time with friends. In this space, the direction of the activity is parallel to the scenery. So, as a backdrop of the activity, they are somewhat conscious of the scenery.

Photography Future-scape architects, unless stated

Three huts on the roof are private space. Each hut has windows in four directions for introducing light and wind to the maximum, so these are like small solitary houses in nature. The huts face the scenery so that the inhabitants are strongly conscious of it.

In each hut, the finished material and how it frames the view is different. Therefore, the sense of distance between the scenery and the inhabitants is diverse. The western hut is finished in wood. In the central hut, the interior is covered in metal, and the scenery is viewed as a big picture flame. The interior of the eastern hut is finished in mirror and pathey’d with strong gloss so that the scenery is reflected in the surface as if the exterior were introduced in the interior.

Since the color and material of the exterior appearance are common in the area, and the volume of the architecture is similar to the surrounding houses, continuity in the townscape is generated and there is no incongruity. At the same time, this residence is unique.




Three huts put on the flat house

Site Plan

ŠIsamu Hirukawa

Central hut at sun set



View of two huts on the roof from the eastern hut

ŠIsamu Hirukawa

ŠK. Torimura

The scenery cut by the flame of the central hut.

Utility space covered with metal in the central hut



Western hut over the utility with balconies on both sides

ŠIsamu Hirukawa

Interior of the western hut

View from Podium to Burj See the living room with closed sliding doors ŠK. Torimura

The staircase to the eastern hut from the living room

Bath room on the ground floor

ŠK. Torimura


Hollywood Hills Residence Griffen Enright Architects

Location Hollywood Hills, California, USA Site area 186m2

This 186 sq. m. residence is located in a densely populated urban neighborhood above Sunset Boulevard.. The residence has views over Hollywood and out to the Pacific Ocean, where residents enjoy walking to local entertainment venues. The design challenge was to cost-effectively add two rooms (bedroom and

Structural engineers Gordon Polon Engineering

library) to a tract home and transform it into a contemporary home that maximizes the entertainment

Photography Benny Chan

space of a small building footprint on a tight hillside. Through relatively simple interventions, a complete transformation of the existing house was affected. By removing only four interior walls at the ground floor, relocating a stair, and adding two rooms stacked on top of each other, the interiors were extended and an open living space created. Additionally, natural light and views were enhanced to maximize the apparent volume of space; blurring the relationship between interior and exterior and connecting the front and rear yards. The intervention of two over-sized window boxes which are large enough to stand in, create a new front faรงade, while providing a dramatic extension of the master bedroom suite and views to the city and ocean beyond. The intentionally-asymmetric window boxes are clad with white concrete board to enhance their abstract presence providing a diversion by camouflaging the existing residence. The window boxes cantilever over a new front courtyard behind an existing garden wall and create an overhang for the new entry.

An existing stair was relocated from the center of the house to the area of the new two-story addition, allowing new visual connections among the living, dining, kitchen and library spaces on the ground floor. The stair ascends a half-flight through the stepped-up library to a landing connected to the backyard, and then switches back to arrive at an upper sky-lit landing at the bedrooms above. The stair becomes an internal vertical courtyard that reconnects the house to its back yard, and brings natural light and ventilation into the open center of the house. The vertical movement of the residence culminates at the roof; a submarine-like ladder through a skylight provides the owner with a secret rooftop deck where views of Hollywood and the Pacific Ocean beyond are spectacular.

The library is stepped up from the living area and into the hillside, and it contains an eye-level corner window which is at the ground level of the backyard and provides a new visual extension to the rear of the site. An elegant palette of minimal black and white materials serves to enhance the illusion of open and expansive space. The library is a room within a room - an effect that is enhanced by a material inversion; the living room has an ebony fumed oak floor and a white ceiling; while the stepped-up library has a white epoxy resin floor with an ebony oak ceiling.




Front view Views of house before alternation/entention work.

Level one plan

Level two plan

Back view





Section / Ventilation diagram



Circulation Diagram with Bedroom View.


Contracted Dwelling Dean / Wolf Architects

Client/owner Ben Shear / Deana Arkoulakis Location Scotch Plains, New Jersey, USA Photography Elizabeth Felicella, unless stated

In a 19th Century family farmstead on the lower plains of New Jersey, the typical isolation of the American nuclear family is challenged with the insertion of a second house for the daughter and son-inlaw. The contracted dwelling is a precedent in revisions to suburban zoning regulation which prohibit the development of complex relationship between people and the structures they inhabit. In the midst of woodlands and pastures, a beautiful urbane lawn is bounded on two sides by the main house and guest house, with a service court organizing garages and barns along its third edge. The fourth edge is graced by the natural wooded stream of the surrounding landscape.

In order to preserve the relationship of the lawn to the stream, the new house is placed between the service court and the lawn court, allowing the new density to reinforce the existing patterns of the site.

The volumes of the house reflect the various uses through relational responses in both scale and material. The smaller garage volume, clad in dark brown-red form-board, slips into the service court adjacent to the plywood clad service buildings. A folded wall steps forward onto the landscape of the lawn, giving the house a presence in the bend of the larger pocket of trees. This spatial wall sits in opposition to and in conversation with the vertical “facade” and “urbane wall” of the 19th Century farmhouse, with its compartmentalized separation of interior and exterior spaces.

A contraction occurs at the transition between cultivated lawn and rough stream landscape. Twisting up into a horizontal extension toward the woodlands, the formal wall of the lawn defines the main living space, transforming the oppressive formal division of the farmhouse into a more transparent, connective relationship between inside and outside. There is a transition in expression of structural freedom as well, moving from a conventional vertical wood frame into an entirely cantilevered, partially exposed horizontal frame. The pairing of steel columns affords them a continuous verticality as these support the cantilever, creating a playful visual dialogue with the landscape of trees beyond.


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Dwell Home Resolution: 4 Architecture

Client/owner Nathan Wieler + Ingrid Tung Location Iyysboro, North Carolina, USA

The winning entry of the Dwell Home Design Invitational, The Dwell Home is situated on a hilly site among 7 wooded acres. The home takes full advantage of it’s natural surroundings: bringing in the woodland views and natural light through plentiful windows, generously sized decks off the front and

Manufacturer Carolina Building Solutions

rear facades, and a roof deck with an outdoor fireplace. With 2042 sf divided among five prefabricated

Contractor Mount Vernon Homes

modules, the home offers compact and efficient quarters made up of large open living spaces and cozy

Photography Roger Davies

private enclaves.

To meet the necessity of creating a livable floor plan and a well-orchestrated flow of space, the ground floor is an open plan module containing a living room, dining area, and a kitchen that can be entirely open to the outside or enclosed by a curtain. Sensitive to the clients’ desire for more defined communal/ private spaces, the private spaces are more compartmentalized making up the second story volume of the home. The master bedroom at one end of the volume looks out onto grove trees, and two bathrooms and a guest/office run along the same axis bound by bamboo flooring.

Through the modes of prefabrication, the design of the home is able to respond exclusively to the location and immediate surroundings in terms of solar orientation and footprint, therefore maximizing the microclimates. The construction process also leveraged the efficiency of wood framed modulars, where approximately 80% of the house was built in a factory. By utilizing the opportunities available for off-site construction, the time required of crews on-site was significantly diminished, in turn minimizing the environmental impact on the local ecosystems, the waste that is typically deposited on or near the site, and the transport of crews and materials.

The Dwell Home has become a precedent in demonstrating the superiority of choosing prefabricated building technology over site-built homes in terms of environmental factors, quality and efficiency of building, cost and speed of construction and design.











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Folded House


Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

Location Bronte, New South Wales, Australia Project team Dale Jones-Evans, Zoe Jenkins, Maki Yamaji Structural engineer Low & Hooke Partners Pty Ltd

By critically editing and dismembering parts of an (unlisted) historic residence and outbuilding, the creation of space between the two architectures allowed for the careful insertion of a new architecture. On this large hillside Bronte site, a new origami-like architecture emerges as the calculated placement generates a series of interstitial inside-outside spaces and knits together a coherent plan for a new residence.

Geotechnical engineer Coffey Geosciences Pty Ltd Accredited certifier DLM Certification Pty Ltd Hydraulic Engineer Thomsonkane Hydraulic Engineers Mechanical Engineer Steensen Varming (Australia) Consulting Engineers Landscape Consultant The Parterre Garden Heritage Consultant Graham Brooks & Associates Pty Ltd Photography Trevor Mein

The historic Victorian/Italianate and Federation architecture is pruned right back to essentials, the external architecture proudly restored and the internal workings deliberately made modern. The 1920s verandah wings are re-configured at their southern corners and new translucent book-ends housing wet areas, symmetrically re-frame a re–revealed and imposing view of the historic residence at rear.

At this junction a new architecture, a copper clad, folded growth, meanders out of, into and between the existing modified structures. A lineal perimeter plan encases a curvaceous internal plan, which wraps into and anchors a kitchen as place of central command, off which a series of calculated external geometric folds radiate to form a hard shell while the belly of ceilings, dip and flow to form a new dynamic internal space. The folded architectural form responds to climate; north is an open, extended eave, west is low, deep and uses an extended blade wall to control sun while south is low and thick – a cut-out to withstand prevailing weather. The folds make dynamic sculptural movements.

The new architecture acts as living hub. The former historic residence houses sleeping and bathing and the

North east folded form.

outbuilding, play-space and garage. The new external spaces are critical to the composition, from a green formal avenue at the entry, through two courts nestled between the built forms, one a garden the other a pool-terrace and out to the back yard.

The project is circumscribed by the choice to maintain the critical core of the historic residence (it was not economic to do so). While the historic building was not listed, its contribution to streetscape was judged to be valuable to Bronte’s streetscape. The rear outbuilding was sound and was maintained. This left a space between the buildings and formed the critical focus for a new piece of connected/different architecture.

The new architecture grows out of a response to maintain critical parts of historic architecture. In that context while the types are inimicable, they are married in the logic of their seamless plan and orientation of their functions.

Like the Italianate/Victorian and Federation residence before it, the new building celebrates its own making – the layering process involved carving away all but an elemental arrangement, prior to the contemporary insertion. A core of four rooms remained, which became bedrooms with new wet area additions tucked under the verandah wings. In the process of subtraction, a new revelation: a view of the historic building was revealed and is visible from the new architecture’s interior and exterior. Restored heritage building.

Front fence.



North east folded form.

East elevation

Kitchen, living room and folded form.






Dining, kitchen, living and folded roof form.

Ground floor plan.

Suspended central stair.


Jetty House


CUBE design + research

Location Folly Beach, South Carolina, USA Structural Engineer JR Broadway Company

The small city of Folly Beach occupies a six-mile barrier island just south of Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. The island has been a popular beach getaway spot since the 1950s, and has developed with a dense mixture of rental bungalows and large coastal homes.

Contractor Blue Line Construction Photography Richard Leo Johnson, Atlantic Archives

The house turns a second-row beach lot into oceanfront property with an elongated structure pushed to one side of the lot that captures views between two houses across the street. Inspired by the beach jetties, the linear body is used like a camera lens to foreshorten the viewing distance. The design breaks with the neighborhood’s ubiquitous built-on decks and pitched roofs by treating the roof as valuable real estate and using negative space to carve out balconies shielding the interior from the summer sun. Because flood codes dictate minimum building heights, the house’s underside is treated as a fifth façade.

Inside, an open staircase with integrated shelving forms a circulation spine that choreographs movement through the house to maximize the visual experience of the site. Moving between the first-floor office and the dining room above, one sees primarily water and foliage. Selectively placed windows on the east and west walls reinforce telescopic views while providing complete privacy. The circulation spine culminates at the roof deck, which appears to merge with the ocean from the house’s master suite.

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Site plan

View from beach

View from underside towards beach

Underside entry stair



3rd floor plan

2nd floor plan

1st floor plan

Shelving circulation spine model


Lakeside House Resolution: 4 Architecture

Location Kent, New York, USA Contractor Lowell LaFountain

Situated on a dramatically sloped wooded lot overlooking Sagamore Lake in New York State, this home provides the clients with an opportunity to enjoy the natural setting and leave behind their Manhattan lifestyles.

Photography Floto+Warner

Visitors will approach the structure to enter aligned with a massive FIELD stone wall. All circulation paths intertwine with this wall, which on the first floor, acts as a spatial foil to the grand views afforded across the living space and towards the lake. On the building’s east side, a Kal-wall system encloses both the first floor bathroom and the second floor hallway which is experientially connected via the stairwell. The stairwell landing juts away from the rest of the structure, momentarily placing the occupants within the landscape. This gesture emphasizes the relationship between the building, the site and the lake befsites the inhabitants enter the private bedrooms upstairs.







Lilyfield House


Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects with Ellen Woolley Architect

Location Lilyfield, Sydney, NSW, Australia Photography Patrick Bingham Hall, Richard Glover

Designed by Ellen Woolley and Peter Tonkin, this new house occupies a constrained location in a built-up nineteenth-century inner Sydney suburb. With extensive sandstone outcrops and a major cross-fall, the narrow 191 square metre site had never been developed. It presented a significant challenge to create a dwelling with good solar access and privacy, capturing the sweeping city views and yet separating the occupants from the traffic arteries to the south.

The house is developed from a strong southern street wall of glazed brick with an inbuilt pattern in two shades of black. This three-story wall is a gesture to the public, an abstracted billboard and a rampart, as well as a reference to the vanishing industrial heritage of the area. Adjoining this wall is a one metre wide circulation zone, defined by thick masonry walls, articulated to form cupboards and lighting recesses. Above is a clerestory which captures the northern sun, the slatted timber floor and stairs allow daylight to wash down to the lower levels. This zone extends beyond the house as a floating timber entry bridge and a small upper-level balcony.

The northern part, expressively timber framed and containing the inhabited rooms of the house, is scaled and detailed to sympathise with the adjoining small Victorian houses. The end elevations open to the views: east to the dramatic city skyline, and west to the small forest of eucalyptus EUCALYPTUS on its rocky outcrop.

Two shades of black glazed brick are laid in a bill-board scale as an urban artwork.

The house has carefully resolved active and passive ESD systems, including enhanced natural ventilation with the clerestory ‘breeze catchers’, heat pump in-floor heating and cooling and computer-modelled sun shading. Low-energy and recycled natural materials are used throughout, with a minimum of applied finishes.

Southern Elevation



The southern street wall forms a ‘defence’ against an adjoining busy transport corridor.

The Western Elevation relates to the scale of the adjoining cottages.



Storage and services are housed in the thickened wall to the circulation zone.

The circulation zone allows a wash of northern light down the entire height of the house.


The three storey void linking all the levels of the house.


POB 62


Bertrand COUNSON

Location Houffalize, Belgium Photography Counson architects, unless stated

POB 62 is a minimal house based on an archetypal design.

The combination of carefully selected materials, optimal use of natural light and the minimalist design of the shell, the POB62 almost presents itself as a sculptural artefact rather than a traditional dwelling. This originality brings with it great flexibility. Thanks to its generic character, the fact that it is detached from the ground, its abstract yet entirely liveable design, POB 62 is very easily integrated into multiple contexts.

The facades and roofs of the two opaque bodies of the building are fabricated as a continuous skin in shingles of larch, as a contemporary expression of tradition form. The simplicity of its shape allows free expression between the immediate surroundings and the landscape in general.

The feeling of space within the building is enhanced by the terraces and the openwork of small strips of larch. These watered surfaces form a visual transition between the areas enclosed by the outer building and its surrounding environment. This transition oscillates constantly between opaqueness and transparency according to the position of the spectator and the evolution of luminosity throughout the day.

Between these two opaque volumes, a glazing space (bathroom) following the same spatial concept throws natural light towards the central areas.



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Casa Levis UdA with Davide Volpe

Location Vandorno, Italy Design Team Andrea Marcante, Valter Camagna, Massimiliano Camoletto con Davide Volpe Other Team Member Luca Ramello Photography Emilio Conti

A new section consisting of two floors for a total surface of 85 sq. m., with a 35 sq. m. terrace, was added to an existing rural building. A structure of exposed reinforced concrete and steel was used in addition to an outer covering of marine plywood and vertical laminated firwood elements. It features an external cantilever staircase made from prefabricated concrete elements, floor of sandstone, aluminum fixtures and internal walls of marine plywood.

The building is located in a typical linear system of rural houses bordering on the countryside. At one end of a building owned by the client, a crumbling hayloft offered an opportunity for renovation.

Enlarging the existing construction by replacing the crumbling hayloft with a new section consisting of two floors, this is connected to the house by an internal walkway. Essential spaces thus obtained can be used as extensions of the functions already hosted in the existing building.

Since the existing building borders on a slope with orchards that face a view of the Alps, the choice was made to arrange the new rooms as a sequence of filters that gradually lead from the enclosed introvert spaces of the original building to the open ones of the surrounding landscape. The aim was achieved by using architectural solutions inspired by the technique of assembling and embedding vertical as well as horizontal planes brought together by a structure of thin vertical wooden boards, reminders of traditional balconies, loggias and open structures overlooking external areas. Architecture is thus not only a technical means of defining space but also a way to perceiving a place through the senses. The external world is mediated, and comprehended step by step; landscape, seen as a product of man’s intellect, is at one with the architectural process, and in its turn it becomes a sequence of “pictures” emerging from the openings of the building, enhanced by the “optical channel” that ends up in the large glass wall on the western side of the house. On this side, the door is a full substitute for the wall and goes on covering the concrete wall as well. Hence the glass walls create multiple reflections and wrap up in a glass cover the internal environment, which then emerges again in the outdoor landscape. The house acts as a filter for the perception of space, memory and present time (the rhythm and the sequence of the thin wooden boards that anticipate the extension of the existing building); the borders and limits are not defined, or clear-cut; emphasis falls on the middle space, something quite similar to the Japanese technique of “shakkei”, of “landscape borrowing”, that is, making use of a third plane set in relationship to the first or interior one, in order to conceal what lies in-between. It gives visible form to the relationship between nature and culture.







Triangle House Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL

Client/owner Heidi Gaupseth og Geir Kløver Location Nesodden, Norway GFA 286m2 Creative team Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Roar Lund-Johnsen Structural Engineer Siv.Ing. Otto Bjørgum MRIF Contractor Torgeir Brune Bygg og tømrermester Photography Ivan Brodey

This house is situated with views towards the sea between the branches of the surrounding pine forest. The permitted aerial building lines define the plan and even the heights of the roofline. While the exterior views are singularly framed by the window openings, closely related to individual spaces, the interior is treated in a more fluent way with overlapping sequences of space and light in section and plan. This duality of focal and flow is the theme of the building.

The exterior cladding of wooden panels is related to guidelines on window openings.

The interior is clad with OSB-boards, the floors are cast in concrete and partly covered with sisal mats. The bathrooms are paneled with brushed aluminum panes and mirrors.

A vast collection of books cover the walls and soften the acoustics. The owners claim that they sleep very well in this house.







White House

Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL

Client/owner Baard Jessen Location Strand, Norway

Situated in quite a dense suburban setting, the house twists dynamically between sheltering for privacy and opening up angles of vistas. The central space of the house stretches between the morning light between the pines towards the east, and the western horizon of the Oslo fjord.

GFA 196m2 Creative team Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Roar Lund-Johnsen Structural Engineer Siv.Ing. Otto Bjørgum MRIF Contractor Ingeniør Gunnar Johansson AS Photography Ivan Brodey

The house is clad with painted wooden panels, outside and inside. Walls and ceilings on the first floor are finished in oak while floor and walls of the ground floor are exposed concrete cast on site.







The Water House


Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

Location Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales, Australia Project team Dale Jones-Evans, Sarah Kirkam, Matthew Chan, Jane Madeleine Pinfold, Kathryn Mellander Structural engineer Partridge Partners Pty Ltd Geotechnical engineer Jeffrey Katauskas Pty Ltd Accredited certifier City Plan Services Pty Ltd Land surveyor Higgins Norton Partners Pty Ltd Builder Mr Brent Thomas Photography Paul Gosney, John Gollings

The design intent for “The Water House” is simple: to ensure the newly inserted architecture eliminated any sense of being placed within a traditional terrace while retaining some ‘memory’ of the former terrace.

Both light and water were primary concerns in the transformation process. The presence of water, both within and outside the house, contributes to a great sense of freedom and openness. The light quality both received and transmitted, in particular a sense ambient translucency, is highly orchestrated throughout the spaces.

An inverted T form, made up of an open ground plan and a dramatic three story light-scoop-atria illuminates the space by day and acts as an illumination core by night. This powerful spatial gesture reorganises the internal mechanics and space planning of the former terrace.

The site tapers with a subliminally skewed perspective to the rear of the property. This Borrominilike perspective is further enhanced by terminating on a poetic veil, which protects a grotto-like pool, mysteriously suggestive of something beyond.

The client, an artist manager in the entertainment industry, suggested openness as a preference in the redesign, and permitted a little lunacy, while agreeing a poetic gesture made up of light and water should take its course.

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Swimming pool stair detail

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Internal Bathroom acting as a light box to the stairwell

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Rear elevation (west)

Pool elevation

New extension from swimming pool

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View of bedroom and library under the atrium

1.  Pebble garden 2.  Entry porch 3.   Art screen (gate) 4.  Living 5.  Dining 6.   Pond / fountain 7.  Kitchen 8.  Breakfast 9.   Court / BBQ 10. Pool 11. Plant 12. Bedroom 13. Study 14. Void 15. Bathroom 16. Balcony 17. GYM 18.  Main Bedroom 19.  En suite 20.  Dressing room 21.  Art screen (privacy) 22. Storage 23.  Wine room 24. Laundry


Pr34 House Rojkind Arquitectos

Location Tecamachalco, Estado de México, México Site area 960m2

Located in Tecamachalco, State of México, on a hillside overlooking Bosques de Reforma, an existing late 60s house required a renovation and an extension.

GFA 136m2

Since the client bought the house for its distribution, the existing house was carefully cleaned out,

Architect rojkind arquitectos [Michel Rojkind]

leaving bigger and better areas, then a new part of the program was required, an independent apartment

Project Team Agustin Pereyra, Beatriz Diaz, Alvaro Sordo, Maria Carrillo, Gianpaolo Fusari Contractor Factor Eficiencia [Fermin Espinoza, Arq. Ricardo Brito]

for the client’s daughter.

Inside the garage are two separate entrances, providing total independence to the extension, which is accessed through a spiral staircase going up two flights.

Structural Engineer Ing. Jorge Cadena Plumbing & Electrical Engineer Ing. Jose Ignacio Baez, ING. Jesus Saldana Photography ©Jaime Navarro

The apartment consists of two half levels, the first contains the kitchen, dining and living area, then a half flight down; the t.v. room and the master bedroom. Taking advantage of the roof of the existing house and its skylights, this roof becomes a terrace built with the remaining of the chipped lava rocks used for the main wall of the house, the skylights become acrylic stools, benches and chaise lounges that change color with an LED system. A selection of pre-hispanic organ plants adds a touch of vegetation giving this area a lunar feel.










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Ippolito Fleitz Group - Identity Architects

Location Denkendorf, Germany Site area 300m² Photography Bruno Helbling

The view from the L-shaped panoramic window over the 900 year old village of Denkendorf, with its abbey in the center, attracts everyone’s attention. The heated window ledge of fair-faced concrete is therefore the most populär seat in the house. Clearly defined, minimalist in its form and material, the trapeze-shaped, thre- floor residential and office premises may appear cool at first glance. The large windows open up the massive building, which initially seems quite closed, and allow views in and out from every aspect. Projecting parts of the building such as windows and garage bring a rhythm to the facade and playful elements into the severe architecture. The projecting glass structure provides the living room with necessary generous space without increasing the total area of the house and therefore

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the building costs. The facade is plastered smooth grey. The tiled roof continues this color and the building appears to be of one piece. Gutters and down pipes have been concealed. The anthracitecoloured aluminum framed windows, flush with the facade, modelled on Swiss design, create a smooth, homogenous appearance. Cooking, eating and living areas flow into one without the interruption of supports or walls. The stairs form the core of the main living area, connecting the three floors and the various living areas. The kitchen faces the garden and opens on to the dining and living room. Adjacent is a utility room.

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Ground floor Back yard.

View of dining area and kitchen from living area.





Hallway on the 2nd floor.



Dining table.

Workplace in the ground floor.

Guest area.

View of living area and dining area.

View of the entrance on the 1st floor and the washroom on the 2nd floor.


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Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud9

Client/owner Carlos & Giovanna Fontecha Location Hostalet De Gers, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Contemporary architecture is the platform on which culture and contemporary art rest. Living in an exciting platform can become an art form.

project manager & interior design Manel Soler

The architects conceived of this platform as a landscape of linear events. The landscape folds within

Photography Gunnar Knechtel

itself on the site and forms a growing spiral.

The platform is a linear structure made of concrete of constant section in a ‘C’ shape.

The longitudinal blind façades function as beams and create a 15m projection. Concrete as liquid material was solidified to create a “liquid” topography on the façade.




Camp Smull Resolution: 4 Architecture

Location Annapolis, Maryland, USA Manufacturer Carolina Building Solutions Contractor Lowell LaFountain

Built for the sole intention of entertaining, Camp Smull plays up its charming surroundings to a level on par with its owners’ equally magnetic personalities. A dog photographer and jet setting international lecturer, the couple sought to create a contemporary retreat from daily life not only for themselves, but for their guests as well. Designed to delight and enchant, whatever time spent is well spent.

Photography Matthew Girard, unless stated

Marking the journey into fun and relaxation, a 50-foot ramp sets the path into the house. Offering a glimpse of what’s ahead, upon approach the waterfront is framed through the window of the front passageway. The main level becomes the soul of the home, with the entry, a large outdoor deck, and zones for living, dining, and cooking occupying the L-shaped space. Understanding the social imperative of the plan, the path continues through touching upon all social enclaves, leaving the voyager to rest upon the main deck and an idyllic view of willowy trees, running children and floating vessels.

The uppermost lever contains his and hers “go-away” spaces where husband and wife find exclusive spaces to privately amuse their guests. Though at first thought indistinguishable, each space provides a unique experience. Hers situated at the front of the house, offer sunset views and a welcoming podium for entering guests. His quarter, sitting on the opposing side, gives expansive waterfront views ahead, starry night views above, an open fireplace to warm up those chilly nights. Further disseminating the designation of the level of community and privacy preserved for each floor, the basement level contains the couple’s master suite (the only bedroom in the house), complete with fireplace and water view as well as storage and a laundry room.

The initial design faced several challenges. Due to the site setback, setback from the water, and the request of the owners to preserve a large tree on site, the residual area left for a thin lot and a small footprint upon which to build. The result was an exercise in managing and maximizing limited space to fulfill function without sacrificing spatial efficiency or aesthetic.

To avoid limiting the house’s use to the warmer months, the 50-foot IPE ramp was constructed to include a radiant heat system below to melt away the winter ice. Cedar cladding and introduction of Cembonit were the chosen materials to compliment the home’s natural surroundings. Rather than interrupting the natural order, the house sits amicably among the greenery.


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Heathdale House


Teeple Architects Inc.

Location Toronto, Canada Structural Sigmund Soudack & Associates Mechanical M.V. Shore

This private residence is located on an urban site in downtown Toronto, closely flanked by neighbouring homes, and overlooking a treed ravine. Sited to make the most of the oblong site, the house opens graciously to the ravine view at the back, its massing carefully adjusted so that sunlight can penetrate into the area around the lap pool.

Contractor Frank Carpino Photography Tom Arban / Shai Gil (Insite Photography)

The house is comprised of a series of parallel but shifting, open-ended “boxes,” three on the ground level, and two stacked above on the second floor. The upper level boxes are slightly offset from those below, and this shift is marked by a double-height linear gap that allows lights to filter between floors. Glass bridges create a nearly invisible perpendicular circulation route across the grain of the boxes. The box containing the living area at grade is set back between the extended arms of the other two, its linear footprint extending out to a courtyard containing a linear lap pool that extends the geometric theme of the house into its landscape. A private retreat at the back of the property further elaborates the overall linear composition.

The “boxes” are finished with sealed UV-resistant wood panels with an epoxy resin core. At the front of the house, where more privacy is required, the open ends are clad with infill panels of stained cedar, black zinc, and translucent and transparent glass. Where the tubes open to the ravine at the back, glass prevails.

Front facade

Rear façade with pool.



South Elevation

Glass bridge above entrance foyer. North Elevation

Upper floor

Ground floor

Kitchen and rear garden from the elevated entrance foyer.

Entrance foyer and the stair to second floor.


Gradman House


Swatt | Miers Architects

Client/owner Marc Gradman Location Inverness, California, USA

The Gradman House is located on a steep up-sloping lot in Inverness Park, California, near the Point Reyes National Seashore. The site contains large mature oak, fir and bay trees, and has beautiful filtered views of Tomales Bay to the northwest and wetlands to the northeast.

Photography Cesar Rubio

The owners, a couple with grown children, currently live in Palo Alto, California, where they have lived for over twenty-five years. Over the years, the family vacationed and ultimately fell in love with the Northern California coast. This new home is a vacation retreat for the short term, but will ultimately become a permanent residence after retirement.

The goals of the project are common to West Coast residential living – promoting enjoyment of the outdoors, maximizing views, and sensitively knitting the house to the land. The house and access road are carefully situated to protect as many existing trees as possible. The project has been designed with multiple levels that “tiptoe on the land”, minimizing grading and adverse effects on existing vegetation.

The house includes five floor levels which gently step with the topography and create distinct zones for living. The entry and circulation space, located at the middle level, is designed as a light infused central spine and joints the “public” living and dining spaces at the lower level with the “private” bedroom areas at the upper levels. Each bedroom meets natural grade and opens to its own private hillside terrace at the top of the site, while the living and dining areas open to expansive terraces with magnificent views to the bay and wetlands below.

Living room terrace looking east.

The construction is standard wood frame construction over cast-in-place concrete pier and grade construction. The main “public” living and dining area includes two levels of framing, with lower level glue-laminated Douglas fir beams penetrating the space to create a low, wide, overhang over the main terrace. Steel columns and beams have been minimized to help keep the project economical.

South-facing bedrooms with private outdoor terraces.



Dining and living room terrace.

View of entry and central spine.

Living room

Circulation spine looking east.

View of dining room from upper level along spine.

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Client/owner Nicolaï Location Riemst, Limburg, Belgium Photography Philippe Van Gelooven

The fact that the dwelling had to be integrated on a corner plot of land put a very specific stamp on VOORGEVEL

its design. The organisation of the inside life inside focussed on the fact that two sides were in direct contact with life on the street. The walls of the house have been adjusted to the environment. The brown bricks and the outdoors joinery are in total harmony with the environment.

The Nicolaï house is a small ground-floor dwelling with two bedrooms, which – in spite of the limited surface – offers a sense of spaciousness. The house features a strong interaction between horizontal and vertical volumes. The night part, located at the front of the house, is a couple of steps lower than





the day part. Because of the difference in level of the ceilings, overhead light is brought into the house.

Also, in a straight line with the front wall door a sun blind is created, which on the one hand filters the light and creates a varied incidence of light and on the other ensures the privacy in the bedrooms visà-vis the street. VOORGEVEL

The access to the dwelling is created through an incision in the main volume. The wide pivoting door leads straight to the fireplace, which acts as the hinge point in the house. This fireplace was not specifically designed for one room but links the entrance to the other living areas, all situated at the back of the house. The sitting room and kitchen are arranged around the patio, which ensures full view across the whole of the living space. Ierskruisstraat 60 3770 Riemst

The patio is the designer’s answer to the limited garden space at the back of the house. It increases





the contact with the garden considerably and adds significant qualities to the use of the outside space.

The patio at the back is the equal counterpart of the U-shaped green inner court realised at the front in view of making the transition between public and private. The garden space – limited here as well – is separated discretely from the street, this way creating a link with the night part of the house.

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The use of traditional materials is combined with contemporary design and based on the fact that the client had a strong preference for the floor tiles used. Oak is used as a natural material in the kitchen. The access to the storage room is integrated seamlessly in the kitchen wall.

The major assets of this house are the way in which the designer dealt very successfully with the unorthodox corner location of the plot, the sense of spaciousness that was created in spite of the very limited surface and the evidence that contemporary quality architecture does not necessarily come with a ‘modern’ price tag.

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Interpolation House William Tozer Architecture & Design

Location Camden, London, UK GFA 191m2 Design Team Willaim Tozer, Tom Shelswell, Bonnie Rogers, Christopher Beer Party Wall Surveyor David Maycox & Co. Structural Engineer Vincent Grant Partnership Main Contractor Metropolitan Construction Photography William Tozer Architecture & Design

Akin to a new-build house, Interpolation House encompassed the redesign of the interior and exterior of an existing brick house in north London. The project draws upon both a catalogue of building parts designed and built in the course of numerous house extension projects, and the vocabulary of the unbuilt Extrapolation House new-build design.

The exterior form of the building is composed of interlocking, rectilinear volumes of brick, render and timber, and window openings are presented as frameless voids in this composition. The interior space of the ground floor is arranged as a single open-plan space divided by a number of white rectilinear planes and volumes that loosely divide the space into zones, and allow the complete separation of a study and utility room. A new top-lit, double-height space encloses an open riser staircase and brings natural light into the deep-plan areas of both the ground and first floors.





House TN Miyahara Architect Office

Location Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan Photography Teruo Miyahara

House TN is a residence that stands along the Tama River in western Tokyo. It was designed for two sisters and their respective families. Though the sisters may be close, they have separate families and separate lives, and so living together is another matter. When designing this house, it was necessary to rethink the relationship of families and houses in an urban environment.

The road in front of the site is extremely busy with a regular flow of trucks and other vehicles, and there are no satisfactory pedestrian pavements. Therefore, the site has its drawbacks including tremor and exhaust emissions from traffic. Even so, the families had chosen this place to build a house because it offers a marvelous view of Tama River. Meanwhile, the many factories and warehouses in the neighborhood are also an integral part of the local identity. For this reason, the exterior walls of House TN are made of a material which is mainly used in factories and warehouses, and zinc-coated corrugated and perforated steel sheets, which are usually used for civil engineering, are used for the front of the building facing the road. These materials give off a slightly cold and metallic impression under the sun, but at night, the perforated sheets disappear and the warmth of the rooms seeps out into the night air. The house may look somewhat like a factory by day but is a warm residence by night.

The three-story building is designed to accommodate two families, on the left and right, with two staircases. The units both have their private rooms on the first and second floors and the living rooms on the third floor, but the interior of each house is designed in different tastes according to that of the family. The two units are called “the black house” and “the white house” from the color of their stairways. The living rooms on the third floor have folding doors that can be opened up so that the two families can use it as one large room to enhance lively communication. Meanwhile, the roof has what looks like a glass box called the Den Room, which is only large enough for one member of either family to enter. Here, it is possible to watch the horizon, meditate, and maybe gaze at the stars for it is only natural for people to have space to themselves.

This is a residence for an “urban” extended family: a house that accommodates the needs of modern nuclear families who have grown accustomed to an independent life but also choose to enjoy the benefits of being part of a large family.





HDX Guest Room bgp arquitectura

Client/owner Jan Hendrix Location Valle de Bravo, Mexico

The project is an addition to a house designed in 1987 for the same client. It consists a guest room and studio for the owner. Both spaces where conceived as independent volumes with a large terrace that articulates the old house and the new program.

Structure Colinas de Buen Ingenieros Photography Rafael Gamo

In the first stage, the guest room and terrace were built. The guest room’s skin is a red channeled plate that aims to create shadows on the box’s surface, while contrasting with the surrounding thick vegetation.

Two of the most important issues of the design were the client’s reduced budget as well as minimized construction time.

Despite the age difference between the two buildings, the new project creates an interesting dialogue that harmonizes with the site and the existing construction.





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Hérault Arnod Architects

Location Corenc, Grenoble, France GFA 520m2

The area is a plot on the side of a mountain covered almost entirely in trees, with great cedars and a superb view over the Grenoble Valley, the mountains of Belledonne and of the Vercors. The client’s dream was for a Californian style house but planning rules, with their architectural stranglehold, insisted

Plumbing & Drainage Thermibel

on a regional style, in keeping with today’s frenetic insistence on regulations, reflected in moralising

Structure BSI

phrases such as “ there have to be some standards”. It took a year of discussions and meetings to

Photograohy Georges Fessy

convince the local council of the absurdity of imposing aesthetic constraints and eventually to obtain a building permit.

The house extends along the contour lines following three successive strata which fan out into the landscape and the view over Grenoble to the southwest, creating a new topography designed to make the very steep land habitable. Each level has its own pattern specific to its content, its position in relation to the trees and to the view: the fact that the different floors are not superimposed releases extensive terraces and overhangs, enhancing the quality of the living space. There is something spectacular about the whole structure, a place for day-to-day living but also for entertaining.

The ground floor contains the technical spaces and garages, excavated into the slope, as well as the bedrooms. The layout of this level is designed to protect the cedars. The presence of tree trunks and vegetation at basement level gives the bedrooms an “earthy” feel, in contrast with the upper level, which is very airy and open to the landscape.

The story of a house is always the story of a position. It is the story of the relationship between an architect and a client. It is also the story of a place capable of founding a dream of living.




Fairfield County House SPG Architects

Location Stamford, Connecticut, USA Design team Eric Gartner, Principal; Mathieu De Genot; Andres Cova GFA 1,750m2 Photography Frank Ouderman

This Connecticut residence serves as the new home for a young family of six. It replaces the more modest mid-century home which previously occupied the site. By maintaining large portions of the foundation and garage structure, it qualifies as a renovation albeit a significant one that completely transformed the house.

Sited on two acres, the front of the house presents what seems to be a one and one-half story facade and addresses the neighborhood streets in a mannerly way. The rear of the house opens with generous walls of windows to the yard and nature preserve, creating an exhilarating relationship between interior and exterior spaces. SPG Architects provided both architectural and interior design services for this project.




Second floor plan

First floor plan


Cottage in Tsumari Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

Client/Owner Tokachi Region Secretariat Location Tokamachi, Nigata, Japan

This is low-cost public cottage for locals and visitors located within a beechwood park. This is a region with the heaviest snowfall in Japan, often as deep as 4m.

Structural engineers Shoichi Nagumo (Takumi Design Office)

In this project, two volumes were combined. One is the outward form Big Box finished in black. It was

Mechanical engineers Masaya Uchida (Takuetsu Corporation)

determined as the maximum volume possible from the budget with local details for withstanding heavy

Cooperation Hiroyuki Kato

snow without maintenance in winter when the cottage becomes isolated. The big volume also enables a comfortable stay in summer. The other is named Tube and finished in white. The essential functions for

Site area 240.20m2

stay were placed in a row. Tube is bent complicatedly by the restriction of Big Box, and Big Box is cut

Building coverage 52.33m2

irregularly by the bent Tube. The gap betwerin the two generates an unexpected space.

GFA 67.48m2

The contrast of color or activity between the two offers different positions for seeing the woods.

Photography Future-scape Architecture

The exterior is similar to the local houses, which the people are used to seeing, so they aren’t conscious of it: a consideration of the fact that the site is within a park. When visitors step into the interior, this impression changes. A new contrast arises between the familiar exterior and the unexpected interior, adding to the contrast between Big Box and Tube.





Schreiber Residence Elmslie Osler Architect

Client/owner Schreiber Residence Location Maine, USA

The clients wanted the house to have a very direct relationship to Penobscot Bay. They wanted to experience it to the fullest extent possible. They needed room for their two grown daughters with their future families for summer visits but also desired to retain an element of intimacy for themselves.

General contractor Bruce Laukka Photography Brian Vanden Brink

The footprint of the existing house (which was removed) allowed for a unique opportunity to have that relationship with Penobscot Bay and build directly on the short cliff over the water. Current zoning regulations no longer allow houses to be built close to the shore but the existing footprint “grandfathered” the possibility in. The cubic footage close to the water was limited to the amount of cubic footage of the existing structure so the new footprint had to stretch back from the shoreline. The house was developed as a series of four areas that addressed the particular needs of privacy for the owners and community for guests and family in a summer house: the garage with sleeping overhead, a bedroom tower structure for guests, a family room and the main house consisting of the kitchen, living and dining with the bedroom and study for the owners above.

The entire plan is sheltered under a roofscape of a series of folded planes that evoke the landscape of Maine and reiterate the connection to the “place”. Entry is through a slot between the garage and the bedroom tower and under a bridge that connects the two. A path steps down and leads west under a slatted pergola through a private garden toward the front door revealing a view of the water through the house. An interior hallway that is meant to be used in winter runs parallel and also connects the family room and the bedroom tower to the main living area. Another courtyard garden separating the family room from the bedroom tower offers a northern view through the site into the woods. There are moments when these views seem quite private, making the experience a unique appreciation of the changing environment outside.

The zoning restriction that seemed like a problem was used as an opportunity to develop a program organized around a pathway leading to sunset over water.





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Studio Granda

Location Gardabaer, Iceland Key Consultants Vidsja VJI Photography Sigurgeir Sigurjonsson

This family house is located on the northern edge of a new neighborhood with panoramic views over the capital region and the Atlantic Ocean. The roof and walls are cloaked in a sheer copper sheath with minimal fenestration of the public facade. On the private garden side, the volume of the house is cut away into a series of interconnected terraces with large sliding doors. Entry is from the south at a mid level that also serves the garage, au-pair and family rooms. The bedrooms are located on the lower level whereas the kitchen, dining and sitting rooms are all placed on the upper level to benefit from the magnificent sea views. The internal finishes are a simple palette of black walnut, limestone and stainless steel in a series of white volumes.

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Kitchen with stairs to terrace

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Suntro House Jorge Hernandez de la Garza

Location Oaxtepec, MĂŠxico Design Carlos Rubio Photography Paul Czitrom

This house is located in a residential area of Oaxtepec, a place of exceptional natural beauty. It is contiguous to the north with the hill of Tepozteco and to the south with a highway that conduces to Haciendas de Yautepec. The lot is oriented to the northeast with a splendid sight of Tepozteco. Natural light filters through the folds of the house in the shape of rays that softly flood the spaces. Reflections and shadows on walls and ceilings animate the interior. The shape responds to the hard hotness of the site, to place every space in the best way inside of a curved skin that opens to the immediate context to obtain the best views and to allow the summer wind to circulate in a way that the house can stay cool. The topography presents an unevenness that resulted in the pool being at street level while the remaining house is at mid-level. On the ground floor are the public and recreation areas; and on the upper floor are the bedrooms. The two floors are connected by an inner-outer circulation.

From the exterior, the house appears slender with an overwhelming sense of lightness as though a single volume is floating over the living and dining room. However, this sense changes depending upon your perspective,




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Upper level

1. Entrance 2. Service entrance 3. Hall 4. Living 5. Dining 6. Kitchen 7. Storage 8. Laundry 9. Master bedroom 10. Kid’s bedroom 11. Pool




Egide Meertens Architect bvba

Client/owner Allers Location Maasmechelen, Limburg, Belgium Photography Philippe Van Gelooven

This house is a one-family dwelling situated in an area with predominantly traditional buildings. All activities are organised on the ground floor.

The client attaches great importance to privacy. Hence the introverted front wall is counterbalanced by an open back wall. It is a single-volume structure with large incisions. The entrance is designed such that the transition between the inside and outside space is very subtle.

The access to the garage is also created subtly at the side of the house. The slight slope was integrated in the larger volume. This way, a very discrete faรงade was created.

The terrace is part of the building volume which enables this space to be covered and, just as the entrance at the front, forms a gradual transition between the inside and outside space.






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Acorán - Studio House gpy arquitectos

Client/owner Margarita Hoyo Sierra, Ricardo de la Torriente Oria Location Acorán, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

The site is situated on the Acorán residential estate, an area of rapid growth in southwest Santa Cruz.

The house is L-shaped, oriented towards the views and closed to the street. Two stories, unfolding at

Structure Manuel Asensio Rodríguez, José Antonio Pérez-Alcalde Zárate

different levels, define the relative differences between the levels of the house and the landscape.

Photography Efraín Pintos, José Ramón Oller

The programme combines areas that should function with a certain amount of independence with a shared kitchen space, living-dining area and garden. The entrance is located at an intermediate level, providing access to the studio via a slight incline, and descending to the living area via a stepped ramp. This adaptation to the steep slope of the land permits a certain isolation from the surrounding buildings.

The wing parallel to the street contains the master bedroom on the ground floor connected to the painting and sculpture studio on the top floor which can be accessed directly from the outside via a bridge. In the perpendicular wing are the kitchen, dining room and lounge, with the latter opening completely onto the garden. On the upper floor, the guest rooms, apart from linking directly with the kitchen and the rest of the common areas of the house, also have a separate outside access. A continuous surface of wood unfolds on the different levels, defining, through its dialogue with the external covering, different specific ways of occupying space either in repose or in movement.

Upon entering the house, a cleavage is formed by diverging walls frames, like the ravines (barrancos), the distant landscape and the sea.





Acorán II - Studio House gpy arquitectos

Client/owner Manuel Rodríguez Rodríguez, María Carmen del Pino Robayna

The dwelling is located in the residential neighbourhood of Acorán. It extends along the north-south axis perpendicular to the access road. It is oriented towards the surrounding views and the interior patio-

Location Acorán, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

garden, and is closed off from the street and neighbouring buildings.

Collaborators Carolina Rivero González, Constanze Sixt, José Ángel Yanes Tuña

The house is built on different levels to adapt to the steep grade of the terrain. Access is through the top

Photography Efraín Pintos

level, which houses the common areas – kitchen, dining area, sitting room – with views of the horizon and the island’s southern profile. Adjoining the street access area is a small workshop with a separate entrance. The bedrooms are located on the lower level and open onto the patio-garden. The south-facing master bedroom, with views extending above and beyond the other dwellings in the neighbourhood, connects to a lower studio adjoining the private flower and vegetable garden, which occupies the lowest level of the dwelling.

A simple turn displaces the southernmost part of the main building to the west, creating a triangular terrace and porch: on the top level the east-facing terrace, which forms an extension of the sitting room, and on the lower level a porch which offers shade for the area where the row of bedrooms open onto the patio.

The building is designed in such a way that each room has its own private open space – patio, terrace, garden. These spaces include the access patio, the sitting room terrace, the bedrooms’ patio-porch and the garden adjoining the master bedroom studio.

The implantation of the building is such that it creates its own surroundings. The dwelling constructs its own immediate landscape in the form of its various open spaces and, through the openings in its skin, determines the form of its relation to the distant landscape, negating the immediate context of neighbouring dwellings.





Leunessen Egide Meertens Architect bvba

Client/owner Leunessen Location Riemst, Limburg, Belgium Photography Philippe Van Gelooven

The front of the house on the corner plot gives this house an introvert nature because it is kept closed intentionally.

A strip window is only provided for above ground level. The strip window runs along the front and along the side wall, where it merges into a larger set of windows. Behind the closed front, there is a patio that lets sunlight through indirectly into the bedroom and the entrance hall. The back wall is in strong contrast with the front. Here, the house has a pronounced extrovert character thanks to the large window sets. There is optimal contact between the indoor spaces, living room and children’s bedrooms with the back garden and the rural landscape. The open and closed parts in the outer walls reveal the functions of the rooms behind. The sober design and the use of sustainable, simple materials, give the whole a timeless nature.



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Facet Studio Japan

Client/owner Masao Maekawa Location Nigata, Japan

Rain, snow, sun – the big roof which protects family life is a symbol of “home”.

The timber rafters supporting this majestic roof are exposed, and by having no supporting columns, they

GFA 188m2

are homogeneously “repeated” at 455mm spacing through the entire 21m east-west length. This rhythm

Design team Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih

is repeated without any interruption. As if to emphasise this repetition, shelf columns, supporting the

Structure engineer Satoru Shimoyama

bookshelf extending across the length of the house, are “repeated” at a double, 910mm spacing; by repeating the same rhythm it corresponds with the overhead roof rafters.

Main contractor Tanimura Construction Photography Sakashita Tomohiro

The large triangular windows to the east and west of the house visually connect this rhythm from inside to outside, blurring the boundary in between, and expand the inhabitants’ senses further than the bounding walls. The aim was to achieve an ideal imagery of a family which enjoys living in a space of eternal expansion.




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Night view of street elevation.


Alleyway House Formwerkz Architects

Location Singapore Design Team Alan Tay, Gwen Tan, Seetoh Kum Loon, Ekachai

Situated in a non-descript, low-rise neighbourhood, the 2½-story intermediate terrace house is rebuilt for a family of four and their pets.

Civil & Structure MSE Engineering & Management Consultants

Landlocked on three sides by party and rear walls of neighbouring plots, the site with its dominant

Builder Sunpeak Construction Pte Ltd

linearity, is conceptualised as an “alleyway“. The “alleyway” with its porosity is crucial for effective

Site area 150m2

cross-ventilation through the dwelling. Organised along the open thoroughfare are the extroverted communal spaces while the private spaces are “hung” on the upper floors within enclosing walls.

GFA 240m2 Photography Albert Lim

Throughout the entire section of the dwelling, a rough, cement-rendered party-wall extends, forming a unifying element for various parts of the dwelling. This textured wall, most obvious along the open communal spaces, is intended for creeping plants.

Against the cement-rendered wall, sits the centerpiece of the thoroughfare; a 2-story cage structure which houses the family’s precious parrots in the lower tier and on the upper tier, an outdoor shower accessible from the master bedroom.

Beyond the ground-level communal spaces, at the “wall-less” front of the dwelling, a layer of plants shields the space from the street for privacy. The living space is also raised from the street level to minimize visibility. At the front, closely spaced, galvanized-steel grilles fold down from the car porch canopy as the entrance wall. Besides serving as the last line of security, these grilles are also an effective privacy veil. The transparency of the alleyway spaces is only fleetingly noticeable from the street when the dwelling is viewed head-on, blurring the boundary between the street and the “alleyway’.




Living area – the extended car porch roof overlapping with the high ceiling of the upper floors is effective in keeping out the rain without the need for external wall. It also creates an ambivalent space that straddles between the inside and outdoor.

Car porch –veiled in a layer of closely spaced steel grating which primarily provides shade and security, the exterior space exude a strong interiority



View of the roof garden and skylight above the light well.

Courtyard – View of dining space from link-bridge to master.

View of birdcage against the skylight. The sculptural, fiberglass bird stand that conceals the sewer down pipe for the shower above, illuminates the space at night like a giant floor lamp.

Dining/Kitchen Space.

Detail of stair from the 2nd floor to attic.

Common bath- The space of the common bath being shaped by the centrally located attic stair. The curved entry wall that continues from the corridor gives privacy.


Annex to Old Family House Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

Location Akiruno, Tokyo, Japan Structural engineers Oga Structural Design Office

The Annex to the Old Family House that was constructed 200 years ago is situated in an area having an atmosphere of rural villages. The annex was located carefully between existing buildings.

Cooperation Hiroyuki Kato

Before designing the exterior, the area was surveyed and the form and materials of common houses in

Site area 951.12m2

the area were collected. The result of the survey was used for the design of the exterior.

Building coverage 50.51m2

It is finished with thin metal plates usually used as roofing in the area and which the locals are used to

GFA 96.89m2

seeing. In this annex, thin metal plates are used not only for the roof but also for the exterior wall so

Photography Koichi Torimura (Nacasa & Partners)

that there is a slight gap between the surroundings. So, the locals feel no sense of strong incompatibility with the delicate difference.

In the interior, the floor and line elements such as columns are finished with black oil stain and the wall and ceiling are finished with white paint. The main house, dating back 200 years, was finished in black and white. In the annex, the rule of color is more thorough and clear. Besides, the black and white paint has a strong gloss so that as a result, when people enter the annex from the main house, they feel a sense of continuity but there is a difference in atmosphere. The use of strong gloss enables the floor, wall and ceiling to reflect light and scenery on each surface and the reflected images are reflected on each other again.

Each room has windows at a high position between other rooms. It is called Ramma in Japanese. Ramma is a traditional element and in this Annex, it is a newly substituted form finished in glass or mirror which also reflect lights. In the same way, Shoji as a traditional element, was also used in a new form. The surface that was finished with paper is finished with polycarbonate plate. The Ramma and Shoji in the Annex are different from that in the main house.

On the ceiling, very complicated gradations appear as if clouds have floated in. This way, the interior connects to the exterior and becomes a part of the scenery.

By the accumulation of these manipulations, the Annex is set apart from the main house.





Coastal Speculation Steven Lombardi Architect

Client/owner Vince Gardner Location Ocean Beach, California, USA

This is a sloped infill residential site featuring “two on one� (that is, two homes on one lot - 15.24m x 42.67m). The existing Spanish house, at the top of site, was built in the 1930s. The new house is at the bottom of the lot, off the alley, built in 2006. Daylight, natural heating and cooling were paramount.

Structural Engineer Jon Nicita

It features full span, exposed glue lams for the roof system and a two-level wood frame site on an

Photography Steven Lombardi

exposed concrete masonry garage. The floors are bamboo throughout.

The back and front yards of the new house are restricted on all sides of the property. This is a very modest site with a modest budget, US$1,883/m2.






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Kochi Architect’s Studio

Location Tokyo, Japan Structural engineering MI+D architectural structure laboratory


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This is a house with four colors in the interior. The site is in the middle of a slope in a residential area of ELEVATION ELEVATION 1/200 1/200

Tokyo, Japan. There is a temple cemetery nearby. The house has good views and sunshine. It is a rare location like a resort in a crowded city.

Construction Imai contractor Photography Daichi Ano, unless stated

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Aggregate House William Tozer Architecture & Design

Location Primrose Hill, London, UK GFA 330m2 Design Team William Tozer, Tom Shelswell, Bonnie Rogers, Christopher Beer, Gina di Tolla Party Wall Surveyor David Maycox & Co.

The project is composed of a collection of components serially developed through previous projects, but these components are loosely assembled rather than forming a single coherent composition – allowing visual dominance to oscillate between the original and new elements. In the exterior, a sculptural composition of timber and white render is formed by the new rear extension to the lower ground floor, the ground floor terrace, and the reworked closet wing. However this composition is relatively diminutive in relation to the original building, which dominates this elevation.

Structural Engineer Vincent Grant Partnership Main Contractor Galower Builders Ltd. Photography William Tozer Architecture & Design

The decking timber of the ground floor terrace is continuous with the cladding of the extension below, lending it the character of an occupied undercroft, rather than a building form per se. The loft extension is articulated as an incision into the original slate roof form, and the interior spaces are defined by planes and rectangular volumes that sit slightly detached from the original building.







Composite House William Tozer Architecture & Design

Location Balham, London, UK GFA 342m2 Design Team William Tozer, Tom Shelswell, Bonnie Rogers, Gina di Tolla, Christopher Beer Structural Engineer Vincent Grant Partnership Main Contractor Foxbury Building Photography William Tozer Architecture & Design

A selection of spatial and formal devices developed individually in a number of preceding projects are redeployed here in a single composite arrangement. The project can be read as an autonomous composition, but also makes reference to the projects through which its components were serially developed.

The new subterranean level is connected to the interior of the existing house through two double-height spaces, and to the exterior by an internal courtyard. One of the double-height spaces provides a visual and spatial connection to the ground floor, while the other permits views into the dining and kitchen spaces from the galleried living space above. The courtyard blurs the distinction between interior and exterior, and can be appropriated into either the dining space or study, or both.

To both the interior and exterior, the incisive additions are articulated as abstract white planes and volumes that envelop and pass through the original building.









Katsuyuki Fujimoto Architect & Associates office

This house is located on a typical site in Japan.

Client/owner Katsuyuki Fujimoto Location Amagasaki-city, Hyogo, Japan

Three capitation of the depth in the building, the courtyard is arranged at the center, and rooms are

Photography Akiyoshi Fukuzawa

arranged back and forth. The east and west parts of the house, near the boundary, were enclosed with a wall, and all the south-north parts were used for openings. A section of 10m in height is divided into four layers, and light pours into all rooms through the courtyard.

The opening emphasizes the transparency of glass. The iron frame and the ceiling on the deck that is the structure is exposed which resulted in a reduction in costs.

The Japanese-style room in the loft is a comfortable space.

Enclosing the courtyard with glass enriches the space and brings the outdoors inside.


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House in Mondosoh Junya Toda Architect & Associates

Client/owner Hisayasu and Rie Shintaku Location Nishinomiya-city, Hyogo-pref, Japan Site area 172.27m2

The house stands in a dense urban district. Due to the environment, the outside membranes were finished with fireproof materials but an abundance of natural materials were employed inside the house. In order to create a residence for five people in this confined site, it was necessary to make the most of the given space.

GFA 162.16m2 Photography Kaori Ichikawa, Junya Toda Architect & Associates

The aggregation of windows, letting natural light and wind in the house, reposes on the entrance which sticks out from the building. The diagonal line under the volume responds to the legal height limitation, as well as dividing the parking space and entrance.

The interior is planned based on human scale and tangibility. The light court and the staircase bring sunlight into the lower floor and creates a flow of air. The windows on the inclined roof also contribute to the level of lighting. Because each room contains very limited volume, the floors, walls and ceilings are finished with wooden surfaces such as structural plywood, Australian cypress, and so on to soften it. As a result, the house balances a different appearance in the interior and exterior. The architectural apparatus and materials give the building a capacity to breathe in the dense urban environment.





House TTN Miyahara Architect Office

Location Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan Photography Unless stated, Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

House TTN was designed to accommodate three families – the parents and the families of their two daughters. They had decided to live together after the birth of grandchildren. Thus, the main objective for House TTN is to provide the necessary functions for an “urban” extended family, accommodating the needs of modern nuclear families who have grown accustomed to an independent life but have chosen to enjoy the benefits of being part of a large family.

The first request for this project was to have a sort of collective residence to accommodate three homes, a plan which would completely separate the families within the same building. However, after much thought on how to maximize convenience, the effective and rational use of the site, and the pleasure of each other’s company, House TTN decided to take a semi-independent, sharing approach.

In order to have more than one nuclear family living together as one, it is essential to secure a comfortable distance within the design. Thus, each family has their own independent kitchen unit, bathroom, and toilet, but the homes are adjoined through the ground floor area and common deck – inside and out. The parents’ living space is located on the ground floor, with a highly independent main room (that is also shared by all three families) as well as private rooms (one Japanese-style room and one bedroom) opening towards the outside. The first and second floors are divided east and west, creating living spaces for each daughter’s family. Outdoor common decks in between the two sides of each floor serve as both converging points and buffer space. Transparent glass and sudare or Japanese wooden blinds are used on the common decks to separate the families but at the same time avoid complete privacy. It is possible for each family to go about their business independently, but these purposefully built common areas make it possible to achieve a higher quality of life. A comfortable distance is achieved by softly compelling the families to come together.

Another important aspect of House TTN was its structure. As the decision had been taken not to separate the homes completely, the residents wished to retain an option that would enable them to cut the building in half, left and right, in case they wished to do so in future. In order to make this possible, the two sides of the structure including the foundation are completely independent of each other, and designed to guarantee durability after being divided. Of course, if two new separate buildings were to emerge, they would both need to pass the various building regulations. Therefore, this aspect greatly influenced the initial plan and form of House TTN. However, it may also be said that because of this requirement, it was possible to achieve a bold design, shaping the areas that would be removed if the house were to be divided into outdoor common decks. It is unclear whether this option will be taken up in the future, but having an alternative will surely encourage friendly and active communication between the families.





House Uc Miyahara Architect Office

Location Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan Photography Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

House Uc is a residence designed for a couple in their 30s and their daughter. It is located in a quiet residential area of Tokyo on a small and narrow irregular site - a result of the recent trend of dividing property into smaller segments each time it is sold and bought due to inheritance issues and market availability. The site measures approximately 57 m2 in size: approximately 12 meters deep, 6 meters across where it faces the north road, and 2.7 meters across at the deepest end. The design for House Uc therefore needed to focus on the ideal form of an urban detached house within the constraints of the site itself as well as meeting laws and regulations.

The client feels that a residence is a form of self-exposure to the outer world. In order to live up to his expectations, House Uc was designed to imply the essence of the house within the urban context by bringing out the characteristics of the finishing material that was chosen together with the client. The concrete exterior walls were coated with lean-mix acrylic paint, resulting in a black mottled effect according to the difference in the degree of water absorption and smoothness of the surface. The zinccoated steel sashes on the east side were dipped in phosphate to strengthen the zinc layer, and the difference in the amount of zinc coating on the sashes projected a black patchy effect. The mottled exterior walls and patterned sashes are the result of chance (nature) and display a certain beauty, in a sense similar to human beings – people are attractive, pockmarks and all.

The east face was provided as a baseline to anchor the intensely irregular shape of the site. All partitions, equipment, etc. were positioned originating from the north-most corner of the east face. Natural lighting was no exception. Over 20 windows made of raw brass were randomly placed on the east face, allowing natural light to filter in through the golden screens in a non-uniform pattern. This irregular pattern of light provided by the east face or baseline wall will leave an impression on the residents’ minds, helping them with spatial orientation and becoming a trigger for daily actions; the design hopes to enhance spatial comfort for the residents by promoting the automatism of daily actions.

The first floor consists of an independent bedroom and bathroom. The second floor has a main room with a ceiling that partially opens onto the third floor; this aspect and the stairs made of perforated metal also contribute to the open feel of the main bedroom and tea room on the third floor. The partitions were made of transparent glass and Japanese paper blinds so as not to divide the atmosphere. The third floor tea room, defined by the sudare or Japanese wooden blinds, is the only space that opens out towards the south. Here, the residents can enjoy views of the century-old landmark, the water tower - a positive reminder of the continuous flow of time.







Katsuyuki Fujimoto Architect & Associates office

Location Kyoto-city, Kyoto, Japan Photography Akiyoshi Fukuzawa

Mt.Higashiyama (in Kyoto) can be seen from the loft of the third floor of this building.

The interior courtyard is expressed as a street gardened space. Glass separates the interior courtyard and bedroom so that at night, this appears as a united space.

The stairs appear as graceful, delicate objects.

Different materials were used on each floor so that one experiences different spaces every day.

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Living room. Light opens from a top light.

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Terrace of the second floor. Three squares cut out scenery.

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Santa Monica Canyon Residence Griffen Enright Architects

Location Pacific Palisades, California, USA Site area 185m2 Photography Tim Street Porter

This residence is nestled in a down-sloping hillside property in Little Santa Monica Canyon in Pacific Palisades, California. A winding path descends into an informal landscaped amphitheater along a path that provides enhanced perspectives. A long skylight picks up the geometry of the path as it moves through the living space illuminating the center of the home with indirect light. Although the residence contains open loft-like spaces, a distinction between the internal kitchen, living and dining areas is enhanced through the geometry of the meandering skylight, which also visually connects the front court and back terrace of the house. The eleven foot high ceiling is sculpted as the skylight moves through the house providing visual connections, linking the two new outdoor rooms created in the residence.


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Ranch House Robert Hidey Architects

Location Orange County, California, USA Site area 557.4m2 Photography Courtesy of Robert Hidey Architects

Situated on a prominent site at the entry to the affluent neighborhood of Shady Canyon, in Orange County, California, the Ranch House evokes the Southern California of the 1920s, when homeowners were invested in the fantasy of being gentleman farmers, living on a hacienda. With the Ranch House, Robert Hidey Architects turns the vernacular of the Mexican “rancheros” into something elegant and timeless. The 558 sq.m. home is an unabashed homage to Wallace Neff, one of the acknowledged masters of the American “Mission Style.”  Inspired by the spirit of his homes, the firm exhaustively studied Neff’s work, utilizing the classical principles of axis, view corridor and focal point in this home.   The timeless grace and beauty evident in the Ranch House were born from a clever solution to a challenging site. In addition to a mandatory one-story height requirement by the City, the setback lines created a unique triangular pad, surrounded by two streets, with a 4.3m incline.   The solution was a house and roofline that gracefully stepped down to follow the topography.  A grid system was used to lay out the disciplined floor plan. Exterior walls create courtyards that enjoy sun and shade at different times of the day. Adobe brick simulates an aged, weathered appearance. A roofed loggia creates a low silhouette with surprisingly high ceilings inside; massive, authentic, old-world ceiling beams poke through exterior walls at 4-foot intervals to support the eaves. The home’s tower features a private exterior stair leading to an entry office/studio above the foyer, while below, a connoisseur’s wine cellar is used for entertaining guests. An authentic 300-year-old Mission Bell functions as a doorbell.   With its symmetry, quiet palette and soft natural light, the Ranch House has an air of serenity.  Handworked stucco walls, deep loggias, hammered ironwork and adobe brick are authentic details that recall the glorious “rancho” days when artistry and craftsmanship were everything.







Oak Knoll Residence

Lim Chang Rohling Architects with TGP, Inc (Landscape Architects)

Location California, USA Photography Michael Arden Photography

This California residence was designed for new empty nesters that wanted a home that would meet the needs and desires of this new stage of their lives. The functional goals of this modernist-style home are livability, openness and flow between appropriate spaces, privacy where needed, reduced maintenance, and sustainability.

The floor plan is organized along two main crossed axes. The east-west axis is clearly delineated by landscape elements in the front through the front entry and wall of glass of the great room, then out along the pool to a concrete sculpture platform near the back property line. The north-south axis connects various first-floor program elements as well as the stairway to the small second floor. The resulting U-shaped plan allows for visual connections between the most frequently used spaces as well as a private courtyard.

This house was designed to be very transparent on the east-facing rear elevation, where openness and natural light are desired, and to be more opaque on the west-facing front elevation, where privacy and protection from the afternoon sun are needed. The exterior design is a juxtaposition of box-shaped, aluminum-clad forms and color-accented planes that extend into the interior spaces.

Other functional goals include easy indoor-outdoor movement with outdoor spaces that are protected from the sun. Thus, a summer kitchen and exterior living area with a focal fireplace and art wall were incorporated immediately next to the kitchen to facilitate casual dining and entertainment. Ease of access to the pool was achieved by locating it adjacent to the master bedroom, outdoor shower and sauna.

Sustainability was addressed by incorporating a 14-kwh photovoltaic system, use of Energy Star appliances wherever possible, tank-less water heaters located near points of use, radiant barrier, electrically operated high windows to facilitate release of hot air from the thermo-siphon effect, plentiful natural lighting and cross ventilation, use of formaldehyde-free insulation, LED light sources wherever possible, a lighting control system programmed for energy savings, etc.

The landscape design is intended to reflect both the modernist architectural motifs as well as the Asian heritage of the owners. The modernist aesthetic is expressed in the rectilinear/geometric forms of the planting beds; an uncomplicated/non-fussy plant palette with strong gestures of massings of singlespecies plant materials; and the extension of the architectural volumes into the landscape by creating a green topiary cube.

The Asian motifs include bands of cobble at the base of the house; a yin/yang relationship of grass and water in the rear yard; compositions of Japanese maples, large stones and cobbles as focal points; and small groves of Ginkgo trees. An Asian plant palette, including bamboo, ginkgoes, Japanese maples, is planted in harmony with a more drought-tolerant California palette, including agaves, flax, Mexican feather grass and redwoods.








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Thijs-Kempeneers Egide Meertens Architect bvba

Client/owner Nicola誰 Location Riemst, Limburg, Belgium Photography Philippe Van Gelooven

This is a mixed use project. The front is a shop while the upper floor and the back with a garden is a private residence. It is located next to an earlier realisation that was situated a bit retracted so that it would not compete with the older building. The way the plot is integrated on the premises creates a very private back garden, which maintains a visual relationship with the private space situated above the commercial space. Shop visitors on the other have no visual contact with the back garden.

The existing commercial building was renovated but, for budgetary reasons, with only limited number alterations. The adjustment of the window openings characterises this renovation project. The protruding steel windows are eye-catching.





Spring Road S2 design

Client/owner Jasadac Nominees P.L. Location Highett, Victoria, Australia Site area 557m2 Project team David Saunders (design architect), Sheryl Wonorahardjo and John Saunders Builder Jasadac Nominees P.L. Lighting S2 design Photography Peter Bennetts

This project represents a contemporary interpretation of the traditional shop-top archetype found throughout suburban shopping strips. The site was originally two Art Deco corner shops with a large rear service yard-cum-wasteland. A design approach incorporating highly efficient planning and a creative use of space resulted in the original shops being combined into one large corner cafe/ bar plus three additional shops and five upper level apartments. The core of social and sustainable features is significant whilst the surface aesthetic generates local excitement for the new and unexpected. Spring Road has been recognized for its environmental initiatives that represent best Ecologically Sustainable Design [ESD] practices including a contribution to innovation, leadership and exemplar level of practice, above and beyond Australian regulatory ESD requirements.   Motivated by sustainable materials selection and waste minimization, recycled red and cream bricks were used for all new internal and external brick walls. These were carefully selected to match the brickwork of the retained, heritage significant corner shop. Timber from previously existing structures on site was re-used and floorboards in all apartments are recycled timber.   Solar hot water services were provided to all apartments to minimize energy use. For the same reason, access to natural light was maximized as a result of all shops and apartments oriented toward the north sun plus the inclusion of northfacing clerestory windows in all rooms along the south facing rear. Supplementary lighting is provided by low energy lighting. Water usage was minimized by installing highly efficient fittings and appliances whilst communal garden water is supplied by tanks in the rear courtyard. The thermal mass of internal brick walls and the concrete floors and ceilings significantly reduces air-conditioning needs.   Exceptional indoor air quality was achieved by using non-toxic interior paints and finishes on all walls, floors and joinery. Furthermore, the requirement for applied finishes was minimized by utilizing raw materials where possible such as face brick, off-form concrete and natural timbers. Passive natural ventilation is encouraged by means of extensive operable glazing where appropriate.   The project achieved its aim to reinvigorate this aged precinct by increasing both the opportunity for commercial diversity and the resident population density and demographic. A ninety year old lady walking past the site one day commented, “It’s a very exciting project!” This kind of community response and encouragement continues to inspire S2 design to produce beautiful, contextual buildings.







F65 Center Transit Village Mark Dziewulski Architect

Client/owner Fulcrum Property Location California, USA Photography Keith Cronin

Situated adjacent to the new light rail station, this is an experimental approach to mixed-use development. The context is a blighted area of decaying industrial buildings. This is the lead project of a new masterplan and is intended to be the catalyst for the renewal of the surrounding context. It acts as a kind of “urban pioneer�, a mixed-use project centered on a public transit system. It represents an increasingly relevant new urban typology, driven by the pressing issues of traffic congestion and environmental issues. The design process was an unusual one since it was carried out while the new zoning was being developed and it therefore acted as a testing ground - the parallel process allowed both the guidelines and the buildings to be refined and improved as they progressed.

The buildings line two street frontages to create an urban streetscape while required parking is concealed behind. The site plan was driven by strong pedestrian links to the station and adjacent streets, providing a new continuity in what was previously an almost car-only environment. An important focal point was created at the main pedestrian entrance, at the street intersection, using a public outdoor space with cafĂŠ seating for the restaurants and coffee shop. Public plaza qualities are also reinforced by a tall sculptural element containing the stair to the residential levels, which also acts as a landmark for the entire site. The scheme is a pedestrian-oriented urban environment with outdoor gathering spaces and is intended to create a sense of community for the area. It is the beginning of a new neighborhood.

The modern dynamic forms of the buildings reflect their role as an urban transit hub and also something of their ancestry in the industrial area. The residential lofts are bi-level, with a spiral in the double-height living area. Many of the interior structural elements are left exposed, such as polished concreted floors and wood roof trusses. The center is intended to create a recognizable urban environment, with a level of detail and complexity that provides a pedestrian scale for the area.








The Vento


Busby Perkins+Will

Client/owner Windmill Development Group Location Calgary, AB, Canada

The Vento is a mixed-use urban infill project completed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is located in the first phase of an ambitious redevelopment of a former inner-city hospital site. Ground floor retail shops front onto an existing street that serves as the commercial heart of the vibrant inner city neighbourhood.

Mechanical and Electrical Engineers Keen Engineering (now Stantec)

Twenty two-story townhouse suites are situated above the retail space. Each suite has a south-oriented

Structural Engineers Read, Jones, Christofferson

private garden and is accessed from a second-story outdoor terrace. A mews-like courtyard separates

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the Vento from the adjacent building to the south. Two additional affordable suites, owned and operated by the City of Calgary, are located at grade along the residential side streets that flank the project.

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The Vento project represents the developer’s desire to bring environmental sustainability to the public consciousness. This project set out to establish the benchmark for mixed-use residential and commercial developments in Canada. The client’s program for the Vento established the unprecedented target of

Commissioning Lessoway Moir

LEED-Canada certification level of platinum for the project. The key sustainable design ideas included

Interior Design Penner and Associates

delivering a healthy indoor environment, finishing the project in durable materials and implementing

Air Quality Testing Theodor Sterling Associates

energy and water efficient strategies.

The architectural response to this challenge incorporates many innovative and noteworthy building and design strategies. What makes this project truly unique, however, is the combination of such a broad variety of strategies in a small scale residential and commercial project.

The environmental objectives include being 50% more energy efficient than the Model National Energy Code Building; having Individual heat recovery ventilators in each suite, radiant floor heating on main and second floors, R22 insulation on the building exterior and double glazed, low-E argon-filled windows.

Also, the building consumes up to 60% less water than a typical condominium. It has high performance dual flush toilets. Underground rainwater is collected for irrigation and grey water recycling. It also features low-flow showerheads and faucets

Daylight strategies include the use of solar light tubes and suite orientation to allow for daylighting at both ends.

Durable or environmentally friendly materials were used such as wool carpets in the bedrooms and den. Bathrooms have granite vanity topsm with porcelain floor tile in the main bathroom. Linoleum flooring was used in storage and laundry areas

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External Courtyard in Wintertime.

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North elevation of the Vento illustrating the commercial floor clad in terrazzo block and face brick and the residential floors clad in cedar siding and cementitious panels.



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The overall view of the development.

Ground floor retail shops front onto an existing street that serves as the commercial heart of the vibrant inner city neighbourhood.

Floor plans of The Vento showing retail and two affordable housing units on the ground floor, the main floor of the residential suites and the outdoor terraces on the second floor, and the upper level of the residential suites on the third floor.

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The location of The Vento situated in The Bridges development and in relation to green space, transit line and downtown Calgary.

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Cross section through The Vento that identifies several of the sustainable strategies implemented in the project. View of the second-level outdoor terraces and private, south-orientated patio gardens.

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Aerial perspective of The Vento from the southeast, showing second-level outdoor terraces and ground-level mews-like courtyard.

Diagram illustrating the synergistic solutions between engineering strategies.

Suites face a south-orientated private patio garden.


Twenty Townhouses


Aleksandar Design Group

Client/owner Guilbank Property Group Location Lidcombe, NSW, Australia Photography Courtesy of Aleksandar Design Group Pty Ltd

This is a low budget townhouse development that is substantially different to all other developments in the area. This was a hugely successful project for the developer. A mixture of three and four bedroom dwellings are designed around two central green courtyards: a communal living atmosphere is provided within a suburban neighbourhood. The planning and built forms are economical and rational, with both private and communal open spaces well provided for. The four bedroom dwellings gain additional useable space, whilst the three bedroom dwellings incorporate a double height living area to provide connection between the levels and a greater sense of space.

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Balconies to Frances Street.




View to north facing 2 storey townhouses.

1st floor plan

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Haarlem Paswerk Herman Hertzberger

Client/owner Blauwhoed-Eurowoningen Location Haarlem, the Netherlands Design team Patrick Fransen (architect), Jeroen Baijens, Haik Hanemaaijer, Jos Halfweeg, Henk de Weijer, Roos Eichhorn, Joost Witjes, Joep Windhausen GFA 20,800m2 Photography Courtesy of Herman Hertzberger

The Paswerk plan includes 119 houses, 78 of which are patio houses and 41 canal houses and town houses. The single-story patio houses have roof gardens and terraces on top. The patio houses consist of two ‘naves’: one with bedrooms, bathroom, storage space, entrance and patio, and one that is not subdivided containing the living room/kitchen. The great width of the house (8.10 m) allows the brief to be tailored to individual requirements, whereby one can choose between living on the street side or around the patio. Or one can opt to live up on the roof garden and roof terrace floor, with the possibility of a void to the ground floor.

All the houses face south. The town houses have large façades and conservatories on the south side. The patio houses have their living area on the north side of the patio, creating an outdoor space on the south side. The houses are highly energy-efficient.

The houses are positioned across the site in a way that allows valuable existing trees to remain in place between the houses or new ones to be planted. Public recreational land consists primarily of green strips planted with trees on the banks of the broad water features. By placing the parking facilities in the buildings (large garages encapsulated in the town houses) the neighbourhood looks car-free (little traffic) and there are plenty of safe places for children to play near and in between the houses.







Vanoppen Egide Meertens Architect bvba

Client/owner NicolaĂŻ Location Riemst, Limburg, Belgium Photography Philippe Van Gelooven

The project is located in Vroenhoven on the Maastrichtersteenweg at the bridge over the Albert Channel. This is the connecting road between Tongeren and Maastricht. The environment plan clearly shows that the project is located near the bridge site that is up for renovation, opposite the access road to the nearby village Kanne. To the left of the plot is the Albert Channel, and to the right are some terraced dwellings. These dwellings consist of two building layers with a pitched roof.

The project’s character is defined to a considerably extent by various preconditions. The plot is located near the bridge site and opposite the access road to Kanne and it closes off the terraced housing on the Maastrichtersteenweg. The project not only zeroes in on the bridge but also on the wider environment of the whole of the bridge site (with the hotel and catering part below it and the Bunker across the Channel) and contributes to its architectural quality. The project tries to enter into a dialogue with the future bridge site, treating it with the necessary degree of respect - respect for the past with the bunker and respect for the future with the new bridge.

The combined action of the existing preconditions generates a highly complex context in which the project must be shaped. To arrive at a simple overall concept, the project is conceived according to the following principles: a clear building structure, a logical organisation of the various housing units with a corresponding layout, a constant search for good living quality and integration in the road image and the environment.

The building is three-layered high and consists of three flats of + 200 m² each and three garages. The building starts from a closed volume with protruding terraces anticipating the landscape: these terraces are orientated towards the bridge and the channel. The simple shape of the building is a reference to the bunker across the Albert Channel and to the future shape of the bridge with the hotel and catering function below it.

To ensure that sufficient light enters the back of adjacent houses, the backside of the project is finished in a step-like way.

The three garages are located at the back of the building and can be reached via the new servitude road that links up with the Trekweg. The garage doors are thus turned away from the road and are not visible from the Maastrichtersteenweg.

Special attention is paid to integration in the road image and environment. As the entrance of the building is located against the connected houses, the building comes loose from them. Also because the building is placed 13 metres off the road axis, an incision is created in the road image, which makes the building come loose from the row of houses.







52 Growth Homes


Herman Hertzberger

Client/owner Woningbouwvereniging Groene Stad Almere Location Almere, Flevoland, the Netherlands

Each of these row houses consists of a basic dwelling core over the full depth, with next to it a freely interpretable zone of the same size. In some cases, this zone has been built up with an additional livingroom area, at times with extra sleeping space upstairs. In others, it has been fully glazed like a sort of

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greenhouse where the occupants are free to add whatever form they wish. In yet other cases, this zone

Project management De Principaal

has been left entirely open. Then, the house is the basic core.

Structural engineer Ingenieursgroep Van Rossum, Almere Building services Sweegers en de Bruijn b.v., Amsterdam

Second floor plan

Contractor Bouwbedrijf M.J. de Nijs en zn. BV, Warmerhuizen Photography Courtesy of Herman Hertzberger


First floor plan


Metalika Apartments


Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

Client/owner Charon Pty Ltd Location Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia

Metalika is a mixed use apartment block of twelve residential loft apartments and three commercial spaces. The project is sited in the inner city area of Surry Hills which is clipped onto the back of the central business district of Sydney. The site has two street frontages, one to the east - a small laneway

Engineer Van der Meer Bonser Pty Ltd

and to the west - a local street. The site is surrounded by a mixture of terrace houses, commercial and

Accredited certifier Moran Developments Pty Ltd

multi-residential developments.

Geotechnical engineer SMEC Testing Services Pty Ltd

The architecture takes its cue from the utilitarian warehouse building type - industrial, raw, open. The

Acoustic Richard Heggie & Associates

design is also informed through an understanding of art, a desire to play with light and its patterns and

Traffic Woollacotts Pty Ltd

contains a deliberate sese of journey relating to the control of light.

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Squeezed between two three-story commercial buildings, this infill apartment block is placed on the

Land surveyor Lean & Hayward Pty Ltd

local street alignment with an elevated open common terrace to the rear lane. The building is held back

Planner ABC Planning Pty Ltd

from the street edge by a thin lineal strip of semi private - visible terraces. The architecture is composed

Photography Paul Gosney

over six levels with a mix of loft apartment sizes including two penthouses.

The material language of the building is raw and textured; off-form concrete, galvanised steel structures and mesh fabric, dark colors, dramatic black tiled bathrooms, natural timber kitchens, raw fluorescent batten lights, concrete pavers and bluestone rock landscape

This is an architecture of journey. On approach, there is an overwhelming sense of the facade’s silver

Western elevation of a new loft apartments and retail.

metallic skin and steel wired fences. As you pass under the transparency and light patterns of the steel mesh skin, you enter the lobby through a seamless glazed wall opening a door with a chromed lump of textured reinforcement steel handle. Subtly ramped up, you are then notably encased within a solid tomb of raw off-form concrete – past a leather-clad column and sculpted leather seat both bearing bamboo-like stitch markings. Bare-bulb industrial strips of wall-fixed lighting is the only luminare; the lobby becomes increasingly darker as you approach, then rise in the stainless steel and stone-floored lift. Departing the lift, you are placed deeper within the buildings muddy off-black, yellow-tinged, illuminated common interior passages.

By now, your eyes have adjusted to the darkness. On entering the loft apartments you re-establish contact with daylight as it passes through the loft apartments two story-glazed walls. Light reflects across the polished concrete floor, concrete ceilings and is held within the dark painted second story walls. The intensity of the Australian light is attenuated by the dark wall colours - you are now inside a camera with a comfortable aperture setting looking out while above, you feel the weight of suspended spaces and the comfort of a wide but shallow floor plan, ensuring the outside is always close.

This time, your eyes re-adjust to light. Sliding the exterior perimeter door, you now stand in full contact with the metallic skin and floor - which you previously passed under. Its texture and perforated patterns filter light in ways you have not witnessed before.

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Metallic screen detail of balconies. Second floor plan

Detail of Eastern elevation of lofts and courtyards.

Main lobby entry

1.  Lobby 2.  Commercial 3.  Lift 4.  Fire Stair 5.  Corridor 6.  Communal Court 7.  Living/Dining 8.  Kitchen 9.  Laundry 10. Bedroom 11. Study 12. Bathroom 13. Void 14. Terrace 15. Deck 16.  Privacy Screen 17. Carpark 18. Services

First floor plan

West elevation

Metallic Screen detail.


East elevation

Common courtyard space.


GreenCity Loft


Swatt | Miers Architects

Client/owner Dominic Orr Location Saratoga, California, USA Photography Cesar Rubio

GreenCity lofts is located on the Oakland / Emeryville, California, border and comprises 62 loft condominiums in five buildings ranging from three to five stories in height over structured parking.

Many elements of the design, such as high ceilings and large expanses of glass, reflect the living / work loft building type while at the same time blending in with a diverse neighborhood that contains residential, commercial and light industrial uses.

The site is located at the 41st and Adeline streets in Oakland and Emeryville, requiring support and approvals from two jurisdictions with differing zoning requirements. The parcel included a brick paint factory which was de-constructed, and contaminated soil which was removed as part of this project. The neighborhood is transitioning from light industrial to mainly residential use with some industrial use still remaining.

The design focuses on livability and sustainability, which often involves similar strategies. The first design decision was to design around the concept of single loaded circulation, allowing for natural daylighting from at least two sides of almost every unit. The 62 residential units have been divided into five buildings, which created 19 units with three exposures (again for daylighting). The five buildings are positioned to create three well-proportioned, yet different and unique, courtyards for the use of all residents. Open-air circulation, combined with open planning, allow for natural ventilation, avoiding the need for air-conditioning. Thirteen unit types are included, ranging from 500 square feet to over 2000 square feet, in three basic spatial configurations – flats, townhouses, and lofts.

Podium projects such as GreenCity Lofts are often sheltered, inward focusing enclaves, with little connection to the surrounding neighborhoods. In order to connect the project to the neighborhood, GreenCity Lofts has been designed with balconies, stairs and stoops which lead from the lowest podium units directly to the sidewalk.

Formally, the project has been desigedn to project two images – residential and industrial – reflecting the changing character of the neighborhood. At the base of the building, up to the 30’ height that roughly aligns with neighboring buildings, the image is clearly residential, with reverse bay windows of stucco and inset glass, balconies, stairs and stoops. Above the 30’ datum, however, the design morphs into a tighter skin of fiber cement panels, topped with low slope standing seam roofs, a nod to the industrial history of the site. Bright orange multi-level bay windows or “lanterns” have been designed to make the sidewalk experience lively and exciting, and to highlight the podium entrances and street corner. North façade detail.



Building detail.

North entry.

View of building from courtyard.

North facade at dusk.

West faรงade.




Interior at corner unit.

Typical loft interior.

Typical loft interior.

View from Building 5 balcony.


Katana Residence


SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

Client/owner Empire Hospitality Location Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

This is a 10-story condominium consisting of 30 split-level interlocking apartments. The building is placed in a north south axis with views to the east and west, a situation determined by site constraints. Each interlocking volume is expressed on the elevations in aluminum and timber with varying degrees of transparency dictated by the function of the

Site area 1,347m2

internal space. Besides creating a spectacular façade in the interlocking form, each apartment offers a spatial overlap that

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redefines the relationship between private and public spaces within individual private units.

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Each unit’s formal entrance is via a private lift to its lower floor, which contains the living, dining and kitchen areas. On

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entry, one encounters generous unobstructed views to the east or west. A double-height living room and glazed air well

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in the center of the plan augments the feeling of spaciousness.

Main contractor Shimizu corp Photography Albert Lim

A spiral stair, the pivot of the interlocking geometry, brings residents to the upper floor, which is perpendicular to the north south axis of the building. Three bedrooms with attached toilets in addition to the master bedroom suite, are located on the upper floor. The interlocking typology creates a deep footprint and air wells and service corridors with through ventilation. These are subsequently carved out from the building mass in a way that brings in adequate light and ventilation.

The nature of interlock is expressed in elevations by means of material changes and in the expression of the floor planes as brise soleil.

To alleviate heat gained through the east and west-facing facades, a system of anodized aluminum curtain walling with low E glass is used. To complement this, deep horizontal and vertical fins, up to 1.6m wide, project from the curtain wall as brise soleil to provide further sun shading.

Driven by the concept of interlocking modules; aluminum cladding and glazing were used on the exterior. These allowed off-site control for quality and uniformity. On site, the repetitive nature of the façade was achieved with a high level of workmanship. The use of aluminum cladding, fins and low E glass is also ideal in the reduction of heat gained in the RC elements, an important consideration due to the east west orientation of the site. Interlocking process diagram. Structural design was integral in keeping with the concept of interlock. The internal cantilevered boxes were hung from the flat beams above leaving a column-free space for living and dining. In keeping with the elevation, large lengths of flat slab elements were anchored on the vertical cores which contain lifts and escape staircases. Deep cantilevers were also required to create multiple depths in elevations. The first floor cantilever is tapered towards the ends to keep with the fine definition of the boxes and to hide the transfer structures beneath the last floor slab.

The interlocking concept furthers the study of double storey apartment living made popular by The Habitation of Le Corbusier. Using the interlock on a narrow site as such ensures a deeper floor area to each unit; also, every unit has view opportunities on both elevations. However, rotating the upper floor perpendicular to the lower creates a new interpretation of spatial relationships. Public versus private space hierarchy become clearly defined by levels, yet the interlocking volumes ensure visual connectivity. Also, the double volume courtyard created is a feature which was before only available to landed properties. The Katana Residence is significant in the study of high rise living in the tropical context of South East Asia.

The interlocking elevation illuminated in the evening.1-2. double volume courtyard with views to the city.

The solid volume masterbedroom box cantilevers in contrast with the framed volume of the living and dining.



The master bed room.

Birds eye view of the development.

The spiral stair as the pivot between the 2 levels.

Interlocking process model.

Double volume living with views to the city.

The entry court seperates the living and dining ,bringing in natural ventillation and light.

The terraced landscape provides a quiet respite for the sunken pool.

The penthouse roof lap pool.


Galileo Apartment Building Pascal Arquitectos

Location Mexico City, Mexico Site area 640.60m2

This residential building, located in Polanco, has a faรงade which simultaneously combines transparency and opacity by using different materials such as crystal, wood and concrete. A contrasted dialogue takes place with the surounding construction, also setting a guideline for what should be developed

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in future. On the inside, all areas are naturally illuminated and ventilated without being exposed to the

Photography Courtesy of Pascal Arquitectos

exterior. The combination of all these elements and balconies breaks up and emphasizes the rigidity of the building volume. The back faรงade follows the same design tendency although with a different construction system.

The main staircase is also the foyer access of each level to the apartments. Its design comes from the translucent effect intended to create the building core. The loose step design, the crystal screen and handrail, and the solid concrete structure, allows light and shadows, increasing the sense of spaciousness.

The roof is used as fifth faรงade and common area that includes a pool, sunbathing and recreational areas, and a gym.


Werdwies Residential Complex


Adrian Streich Architekten AG

Client/owner City of Zurich, Switzerland Location Zurich, Switzerland

The river Limmat and the freeway opposite are like antipodes; they define the insular microcosm of the Grunau quarters. The Werdwies residential complex has seven prismatic buildings which are rhythmically arranged to create a cycle of fullness and emptiness. The result of this arrangement is that there are

Landscape Architect Andre Schmid, Zurich

small and large places, each having its own specific character. An asphalt covering with integrated grass

Construction management Bosshard+Partner, Zurich

allows free circulation within the residential complex. The park-like character is emphasized by the

Photography Roger Frie, Zurich Adrian Streich, Zurich Roman Brantschen, Zurich

planting of a hundred trees.

There are 152 apartments on seven floors within three different building types. Variously constructed stairs with access balconies and patios define the house. Generous loggias create an intense relationship between the interior and exterior space. Simultaneously, the loggias create a comprehensive modularity. Each apartment includes a multilaterally exposed series of rooms with living, eating and sleeping areas. Elementary layouts with long rooms and wall-filling built-in closets give a robust character to the apartments.

Location map

ŠAdrian Streich


Open space and planting.



Landscape plan

ŠRoger Frei

Typical floor plans

View of the complex

Restaurant in the residential complex



Entrance hall

©Roman Brantschen


©Roman Brantschen

Apartment view

©Roger Frei


©Adrian Streich

©Roger Frei

©Roger Frei



Pavilions on the Bay


Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

Client/owner Greencliff Developments Location Glebe, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Pavilions on the Bay is a nine story group of 46 waterfront apartments, built as two wings. The taller wing directly addresses Glebe Point Road, forming an articulate streetscape edge to this broad avenue of Victorian houses and shops, while the lower eastern pavilion mediates the scale of the development

Developer Frasers Property Group

to the harbour-side public park. The project relates both to Glebe’s heritage precinct and to Sydney

Landscape Spackman and Mossop

Harbour, creating a significant new waterfront public space and a sizeable interior courtyard area for the

Engineer Taylor Thomson Whitting

use of residents.

Project Manager Frasers Greencliff

Materials – sandstone, copper, concrete, brickwork and timber – were selected to preserve the memory

Builder Walter Construction

of the site’s former timber industrial buildings. The new structure is built using reinforced concrete,

Photography Patrick Bingham-Hall

externally expressed as an articulated framework to identify the various apartments. Sandstone is used to create street and garden walls.

Site area 25,541m2 GFA 74,400m2

Each apartment has a defined and individual plan, with extensive private outdoor space and generous indoor accommodation. Living spaces, both indoor and outdoor, are developed as glass or open pavilions floating in shallow pools, which articulate their volumes and visually connect the apartments with the expanse of the harbour.

View of Blackwattle Bay to the apartments

Ground floor plan

North eastern elevation of the main wing, overlooking a series of pools.



View of Blackwattle Bay to the apartments.

Typical apartment balcony.

Eastern wing penthouse apartment and terrace overlooking Blackwattle bay.

North eastern elevation.

The building unites masonry forms with elements in natural copper, stone and timber.

The south western elevation on Glebe Point Road, is a series of pavilions and glazed entries, scaled to reflect the neighbouring Victorian architecture.


Palazzo Gioberti UdA

Location Torino, Italy GFA 3,000m2

The plan provided for full renovation work in a 19th Century building in the centre of Turin with additional reshaping of an existing section previously built on top.

Design Team Andrea Marcante, Valter Camagna, Massimiliano Camoletto

An existing office facilities block was turned into a residential building by redistributing inner spaces and

Other Team Members Shinobu Hashimoto, Luca Talarico, Marco Luciano

the building and dating back to the 1950s were totally reconstructed.

Structure Ing. Carlo Ramello Building Services Ing. Giovanni Botta Photography Alberto Ferrero

changing the patterns of vertical lines according to new criteria. In addition, the two stories erected on top of

Architects UDA focused their attention on optimizing the arrangement of the housing units as well as to a better, more effective use of the inner heights for the creation of intermediate floors, while the terraces and the flat roof were given new functions as extensions of the dwelling spaces towards the city and the hill in the distance.

The theme of the block of flats was thus developed by relying on a new concept of the various elements that make up the overall aspect of the building itself and at the same time regulate the arrangement of the spaces.

A new role was assigned to shared rooms and areas. For years these had been used as official spaces to welcome visitors and featured refined materials to suggest social prestige but in the 1970s, these were turned into anonymous passageways for brief encounters between tenants or flat owners always.

The vertical and horizontal arrangements of inner spaces, along with entrance halls, the courtyard and terraces were actually modelled following a clear, unequivocal, co-ordinated code. The materials used - dark-coloured milled wood, Inca basaltic rock, stainless steel - were inspired by the fabric of the nineteenth-century city.

The changes and the subsequent building phases which took place over the years played a fundamental role in defining the grid of limitations and opportunities within which the architectural plan had to be conceived and developed. Indeed, the outward aspect of the building suggested 19th Century premises with post-war external additions. However, careful archive research revealed that it was historic imitation erected mostly during the 1950s.

On the one hand, focus was put on functional redevelopment of the inner spaces and technical areas, which have become dwelling places characterized by distinctive features; on the other hand, the outer surfaces have undergone total overall reshaping, with doors and windows that follow a new design sharing much of the dark-coloured milled wood covering of the entrance halls and of the main doors leading to the single housing units. Finally, the change of spaces on the flat roof illustrates how architectural choices may lead to stratification over time.

Despite the feelings of otherness that all these elements suggest, they also hint at a renewed dialogue with the underlying 19th Century faรงade.







Calderon de la Barca bgp arquitectura

Client/owner Grupo INVERCON, Grupo H Location Mexico City, Mexico

The building is located in the area of Polanco, a hip neighborhood in Mexico City between two parks. The project consists of three apartments and a 1930s house that has been protected by the Institute of Beaux Arts and has to be restored. The addition engages in a dialog with the existing house and the

Project team JN Morones Esquivel, Santiago de la Mora

environment, reinterpreting the local buildings. Covered with a transparent skin in different blue tones

Structure Ing. Luis Miguel Hierro

and grades of transparency, all the areas receive daylight and have views towards the park.

Site area 487m2

The nucleus of services is located towards the interior of the building allowing the public areas to be

GFA 850m2

open. The building counts with two terraces at different levels giving the user the outside. Access to

Photography Rafael Gamo

each apartment from the parking is ether by elevator or by the stairs in metal plates in a sculpture shape that complement the building, making it an interesting exercise of balance and resonance.





Da Vinci


Pascal Arquitectos

Location Huixquilucan, Mexico City, Mexico Site area 2,897.13m2

This 2897 sq m site is located in Huixquilucan State of Mexico which was constrained by a difference in levels from the front to the rear – sometimes an average of 17 metres. Another handicap was that a river flows through the rear of the site allowing no storage or working space while the water was diverted.

GFA 16’649.82m2 Photography Courtesy of Pascal Arquitectos

The project is laid out as a house tower in a vertical condominium offering 38 apartments. Recreation facilities including a paddle-tennis court, swimming pool and a sun tan area, and a bar can be found on the roof. The common areas offer a ballroom for use by condominium owners, relaxation room and spa. The whole building can be accessed by the disabled.

To access from the sidewalk level to the parking, owners can go through two ramps on the Hacienda Santa Teresa Street and the exit ends on the same street. People may use two main elevators, the service elevator and stairs – all of which communicate to the whole building vertically.

The standard apartment consist of three bedrooms with bath and dressing room in each, a space of livingdining room with a bathroom for visitors, a family room, full kitchen with a space for pantry, patio and a room for service, and terraces.

All of the façade coating elements are suspended, screwed or clamped which makes the façade completely removable. In this way a thermo-acoustic-meteorological barrier is created which makes the building efficient. This system, in turn, allows easy façade reposition, change or maintenance, as well as easy access to the facilities that surrounds the perimeter of the building. It was decided early on that all bathrooms are oriented to the façade for ventilation, and at the same time discharge is routed to the outside with rear discharge toilets and strainers with parapet in showers.

This has resulted in completely independent facilities where repairs can be done outside and not in the inside from the neighbor’s apartment, thus avoiding humidity and noise. This way, the entire façade becomes a duct. Light block and sheetrock walls were used in the inner divisional wall of the apartments.

Prevention of passive conditioning makes the building more efficient with regard to the thermal area, so energy consumption is lower and investment in air-conditioning equipment too. At the same time, it contributes to ecology, saving energy and achieving better comfort without the use of mechanical devices.

The whole building is tri-dimensionally modulated in feet since materials come in feet proportions. All this is based in a module of four feet by four feet. A unified language of measures allowed all participants to require less supervision and consultation.

In the façade, ceramic glass, prodema, and sandstone were used. These materials were chosen to suit atmospheric conditions in the Valley of Mexico. The attachment and assembly system allows for repair and reposition of the materials. The building, as projected, needs little maintenance in the next ten years.







Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

Client/owner Westpoint Corporation Location Sydney, NSW, Australia

This project explores the redevelopment of the disused, heritage-listed 1920s Scots Church in the Sydney CBD. A stratum containing the original church auditorium of 2,500 seats will be retained by the Church and restored.

Architect Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects Engineers Van der meer Bonser Acoustical PKA Acoustic Consulting

The new development utilises original support structure and references the Neo-Gothic massing of the original design, abandoned in the Great Depression. To achieve a maximum number of high-quality apartments, a system of two-level units was developed with corridors and lift access at every second

Quantity Surveyor Westpoint Constructions

floor. The whole building is within a 45° sloping height-limit plane, which preserves solar access to

Heritage Consultant Brian McDonald & Associates

Wynyard Park south of the site.

Builder Westpoint Constructions

The elevation created by the sequence of double-storey apartment boxes continues the proportions of

Environmental and Mechanical Hyder Consultants

the Perpendicular Gothic façade below, emphasising its verticality and creating a dynamic silhouette.

Electrical Donnelley Simpson Cleary

Evocative roof forms are developed as a series of sky follies leaning over each of the rectilinear ‘towers’,

Hydraulics DCH Hydraulics

with the northernmost looking towards the Harbour. The double storey facade spaces enhance views to the sky and the city. Integrating natural ventilation, openable sliding doors and shading elements, the

Lift Norman Disney Young

attached winter gardens function as an acoustic buffer and a passive solar system to allow daylight to

Planning & BCA City Plan Services

penetrate deep into the apartments.

Fire Engineer Defire Surveyor Rygate & Co Photography Brett Boardman Michael Nicholson Patrick Bingham Hall

The new towers use sandstone colours to connect to the restored stone base, as well as expanses of seamed zinc and brilliant glazing. The interplay of solid and light, zinc and glazing combined with the irregular rhythm of coloured glazing panels, blinds and shutters, creates an elevation that reflects the vitality of the urban setting.

Awards NSW RAIA Multiresidential Award, 2007 Site area 25,541m2 GFA 74,400m2

Level 9 floor plan

Ground floor plan Aerial view from south-west

©Michael Nicholson




©Brett Boardman

©Brett Boardman

©Brett Boardman

©Patrick Bingham Hall

Wintergarden concept drawing.

View from York Street

Northern elevation

Existing Second Assembly Hall, now Level 2 heritage apartment.

Typical two-storey mezzanine apartment.

©Patrick Bingham Hall

©Brett Boardman

North-western corner

Section through wintergarden module.

Typical north facing ‘Wintergarden’


M Central


Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

Client/owner Hayson Group of Companies Pty. Ltd. Location Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

M Central consists of a very large commercial redevelopment of two existing heritage, warehousewoolsheds (Elders Smith Goldsbrough Mort Woolstore built 1925, alterations and additions 1936 and the Pitt Son & Badgery Woolstore built 1906, extended 1921) which during the late 80s were both gutted

GFA 19,400 m2

and converted into a massive concrete public car park.

Project team Richard Thomas (Hayson Group), Eugene Marchese, Dale Jones-Evans, Maki Yamaji, Joseph Querello, Milton Lloyd, Steve Zappia, Alena Smith, Igor Petrovski

The interior design ‘attitude’ was to firstly ensure that all conservation elements remained rude, raw and

Project manager Caverstock Group Pty. Ltd

the placement of 145 new internal strata walls and secondly that the (non conservation) elements of the

Heritage Godden Mackay Logan

car park’s raw industrial concrete expressions be carefully placed within the living body of a myriad of

Landscape Architects 360 degrees + Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture Builder Abigroup Contractors Photography John Gollings

untouched. Ensuring the beautiful fenestration of timber heritage windows were not compromised by

new internal spaces. Bold interior gestures and careful internal planning of lofts and apartments ensure high levels of residential amenity and cinema co-exist.

The designers identified a powerful ‘interior - public domain’; composed of lobbies, corridors, lifts and roofscapes, treating these like filmic-street-experiences. Boldly carved woven corridors incorporating the serial, harmonic-rhythm of raw concrete columns punched by light, trimmed with intensely accelerating colour juxtaposed with dark tones produce an exciting public domain, Warm timber elements within the individual interiors (a subliminal reflection of the former iron bark structure) contrast with the interiors public domain and fabric. Great care was exercised in composing the network of services within structural constraints to ensure high, raw concrete ceilings remained. Generous consideration was given to a future body corporate by designing an interior-exterior pavilion on the roof, for them.

To distinguish the redevelopment in the housing market, the loft and apartment interiors were conceived as hotels of seduction, warm, theatrical, friendly – which live in a high-amenity body of industrial

National heritage woolstore converted into loft apartments.

expression. Light and ventilation is planned in through the use of screens, over wall glass and sunken courts. Six interior plan types were developed within four housing typologies.

The interior design boldly challenges the ‘off white’ school, offering a clear alternative in sea of little choice, in what was a very demanding, large, real estate re-development.

West elevation



New landscape rooftop park.

Rooftop courtyard house.

Rooftop park view with boardwalks and new apartments.

Residential subterranean courtyard.

New body corporate facilities.



Loft conversion

Loft conversion (between former carpark spaces)

Upper ground floor plan - showing apartment spaces within carpark structure.

Heritage facade and new entrance.

Lobby entry and heritage gallery.

Lobby corridors.


Goldsmith Apartment Building Pascal Arquitectos

Location Mexico City, Mexico Photography Courtesy of Pascal Arquitectos

These are some preview images of a building located in Polanco, in an L-shaped lot. Due to special circumstances, there is almost no façade towards the street. Instead, it was decided to have views developed inside.

An irregular geometric pattern was created with the random use of different materials such as cumarú wood, brass, transparent crystal, white ceramic crystal and limestone.

The first idea was to generate a “vertical forest” that later ended up being more like an “orangerie.” This results from putting mandarin orange trees inside window boxes in order to address the sense of smell. At the same time, it integrates a vast range of elements like water in the fountain and the fire pit that becomes a meeting point.



Newtown Silos Apartment Building


Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

Location Newtown, Sydney, NSW, Australia Engineers M+G Consulting

The Crago Mill in Newtown, on the western fringe of Sydney’s inner city, has landmark structures that are significant heritage survivors of a period when flour milling was dominated by large city mills alongside railway lines.

Landscape 360 Degrees Heritage Consultant Goddan Mackay Logan Builder Southern Cross Construction Photography Patrick Bingham Hall

The concrete silos and a tall complex of timber storage bins were originally used for the storage of grain. This project converts these structures into residential use with associated open space. A new lower-rise structure provides additional apartments alongside the refurbished heritage buildings. All new work is clearly articulated, and the retained potions will be restored in such a way that the three buildings form

Awards -Marrickville Council Medal for Conservation; -National Trust of Australia (NSW) Conservation – Energy Management Award; -National Trust of Australia (NSW) Adaptive Reuse Award

a coherent and functional whole.

Site area 25,541m2

complex. The three buildings accommodate 59 apartments over 14 levels. The existing ground-level

GFA 74,400m2

View of top level apartments.

The project has been developed to retain the industrial qualities, scale and aesthetics of the existing

bases of the historic silos and bins have architecturally impressive timber and concrete structural forms, and have been designed as the two main foyers for the new building. As the top of the silos, a new three-storey metal-clad ‘crown’ provides penthouse accommodation.

The Silo apartments take advantage of the circular plan forms to create unusual but rational room shapes, reconciling southern views with northern sunlight access. Throughout the development, original unfinished wall surfaces have been retained, linking the past to the building’s present use.

Level 1 floor plan

View from railway.

View from railway.



Apartment interior.

Apartment interior.

Ground floor entrance.

Level 9 floor plan

Denver Art Museum Residences


Studio Daniel Libeskind

Client/owner Mile High Development, Corporex Location Denver, Colorado, USA

Located on the corner of 12th Ave. and Acoma St. in Denver, the Museum Residences wrap around two sides of a 1000-car public parking garage. The Museum Residences make an inspiring contribution to the cultural nexus of the city and complement the neighboring extension. The soft qualities of the

GFA 11,800m2

translucent glass skin, combined with the metal-clad geometric forms, provide an elegant partner to the

Joint Venture Partner Davis Partnership

titanium-clad Museum. Out of the seven floors, the top six are residential, with 1,486m 2 of space on the

Structural Engineer ARUP (Los Angeles) Structural Connection Design Structural Consultants

ground floor dedicated to retail, further enhancing vitality at the street level. Its 56 luxury units range from 74m 2 studios to 465m 2 penthouse suites. The Museum Residences are a joint venture with Davis Partnership Architects, working with MilenderWhite Construction Company. 

Mechanical-Air Conditioning ARUP Mechanical/Electrical Engineer MKK Engineers Civil Engineer J. F. Sato and Associates Landscape Architect Studio Daniel Libeskind with Davis Partnership Facade Consultant ARUP

View from Plaza of DAM and Residences.

Lighting Consultant George Sexton and Associates Theater Consultant Auerbach Pollack Friedlander Contractor M. A. Mortensen Co. Photography Unless stated, Bitter Bredt Fotografie

©Studio Daniel Libeskind


Exterior view of DAM and Residences.



Exterior details



View of DAM from Residences.

Exterior daytime view

Interior kitchen view.

©Ron Pollard

Interior kitchen view.

©Ron Pollard





I N D E X by architect

INDEXBYARCHITECT Adrian Streich Architekten AG

Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

Elmslie Osler Architect

Herman Hertzberger

506 Werdwies Residential Complex

154 Alexander Residence 340 Schreiber Residence

174 House on a Ranch

Alan Jones Architects

Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

184 New dwelling

472 Twenty Townhouses

APdS Architects

Davide Volpe

114 Good-Class Bungalow

260 Casa Levis

AR43 Architects Pte Ltd

Dean-Wolf Architects

62 Tan Residence

agps architecture

Aleksandar Design Group

150 200 336 376

230 278 490 536

House in Aihara House in Nigata Cottage in Tsumari Annex to Old Family House

Folded House The Water House Metalika Apartments M Central

Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud9 296 Villa Bio Facet Studio 366 M House Formwerkz Architects 86 Changi House 370 Alleyway House

158 162 476 488

Detached Villa Floating Water Villa Haarlem Paswerk 52 Growth Homes

Ippolito Fleitz Group - Identity Architects 290 House F Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL 266 Triangle House 272 White House Jorge Hernandez de la Garza

Garduno Arquitectos

348 Suntro House

218 Contracted Dwelling

108 La Loma II House 192 Parque Via House

Junya Toda Architect & Associates

Bertrand Counson

Drexler Guinand Jauslin Ag

Gordon Architect

254 POB 62

132 Spiral House

142 Weili Residence

Katsuyuki Fujimoto Architect & Associates office

404 House in Mondosoh

bgp arquitectura

Egide Meertens Architect bvba

gpy arquitectos

398 Fa 418 Oy

312 Nicolaï 352 Allers 364 Leunessen 448 Thijs-Kempeneers 482 Vanoppen

356 Acorán - Studio House 360 Acorán II - Studio House

Kochi Architect’s Studio

92 98 324 522

GDL 1 House AV House HDX Guest Room Calderon de la Barca

Griffen Enright Architects

466 The Vento

Ellen Woolley Architect

14 Point Dume Residence 208 Hollywood Hills Residence 426 Santa Monica Canyon Residence

CUBE design + research

166 Putney House 248 Lilyfield House

Hérault Arnod Architects

Busby Perkins+Will

236 Jetty House

328 Villa S

384 Colors Lim Chang Rohling Architects

56 Country Heights Damansara

438 Oak Knoll house LOOK Architects




I N D E X by architect

Mark Dziewulski Architect

Rojkind Arquitectos

Teeple Architects

24 River House 458 F65 Center Transit Village

284 Pr34 House

126 Pachter Studio 304 Heathdale House

Maryann Thompson Architects

TGP, Inc

104 Westport Meadow House

170 Caulfield House 452 Spring Road

Ministry Of Design

SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

40 Ontario Residence 138 Lien Residence

48 Balmain House 166 Putney House 248 Lilyfield House 512 Pavilions on the Bay 532 Portico 544 Newtown Silos Apartment Building

Miyahara Architect Office

S2 design

74 80 146 500

Masuzawa House Setiamurni House Kuok House Katana Residence

438 Oak Knoll house

320 House TN 408 House TTN 414 House Uc

SPG Architects

Pascal Arquitectos

Steven Lombardi Architect

380 Coastal Speculation

260 Casa Levis 516 Palazzo Gioberti

Studio Daniel Libeskind

William Tozer Architecture & Design

548 Denver Art Museum Residences

316 Interpolation House 388 Aggregate House 392 Composite House

32 504 526 542

Secret Guest House Galileo Apartment Building Da Vinci Goldsmith Apartment Building

332 Fairfield County House

Resolution: 4 Architecture

Studio Granda

344 Skrudas Residence

68 224 242 300

Mountain Retreat Dwell Home Lakeside House Camp Smull

Robert Hidey Architects 432 Ranch House

Swatt | Miers Architects 120 Orr Residence 308 Gradman House 494 GreenCity Lofts





I N D E X by L O C A T I O N


Balmain House

Ireland 184 New dwelling

108 La Loma II House


388 Aggregate House

192 Parque Via House

392 Composite House 316 Interpolation House

170 Caulfield House

230 Folded House

Italy 260 Casa Levis

284 Pr34 House

248 Lilyfield House


USA 154 Alexander Residence

536 M Central

348 Suntro House

490 Metalika Apartments

544 Newtown Silos Apartment Building

384 Colors

512 Pavilions on the Bay


516 Palazzo Gioberti

Secret Guest House

300 Camp Smull

380 Coastal Speculation

Norway 266 Triangle House

218 Contracted Dwelling

548 Denver Art Museum Residences

224 Dwell Home

376 Annex to Old Family House 336 Cottage in Tsumari

272 White House

532 Portico

398 Fa

166 Putney House

150 House in Aihara

Singapore 370 Alleyway House

458 F65 Center Transit Village

452 Spring Road

404 House in Mondosoh


Changi House

332 Fairfield County House

278 The Water House

200 House in Nigata

114 Good-Class Bungalow

308 Gradman House

472 Twenty Townhouses

320 House TN

146 Kuok House

494 GreenCity Lofts

408 House TTN

138 Lien Residence

208 Hollywood Hills Residence

Belgium 352 Allers

414 House Uc


Masuzawa House

174 House on a Ranch

364 Leunessen

366 M House


Ontario Residence

236 Jetty House

312 Nicolaï

418 Oy


Tan Residence

242 Lakeside House


Spain 356 Acorán - Studio House

438 Oak Knoll house

254 POB 62

Mountain Retreat

448 Thijs-Kempeneers

Malaysia 56

482 Vanoppen

500 Katana Residence

360 Acorán II - Studio House

120 Orr Residence


296 Villa Bio


142 Weili Residence

432 Ranch House

Switzerland 132 Spiral House


340 Schreiber Residence

426 Santa Monica Canyon Residence

104 Westport Meadow House

Canada 304 Heathdale House

126 Pachter Studio

466 The Vento

France 328 Villa S Germany 290 House F Iceland 344 Skrudas Residence

Country Heights Damansara Setiamurni House

Mexico 98 AV House

506 Werdwies Residential Complex

522 Calderon de la Barca

526 Da Vinci

The Netherlands 488 52 Growth Homes

504 Galileo Apartment Building

158 Detached Villa


162 Floating Water Villa

542 Goldsmith Apartment Building

476 Haarlem Paswerk

324 HDX Guest Room

GDL 1 House

Point Dume Residence River House

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