In the heart of the Meuse (55), in Lorraine, tucked within the 5000-hectares forest of the villages Dompcevrin, Fresnes-au-mont, Lahaymeix, Nicey-sur-Aire, Pierrefitte-sur-Aire and Ville-devant-Belrain, along the Sentier du Vent pathway, the designer matali crasset has designed and built four feral-type houses, her “maisons sylvestres”. The cabins are centrally-positioned works of art in the forest. You can relax, dream, eat, watch but mainly just live an unequalled experience. [Red more]
The studio rooms are fully serviced with electricity and lighting plus other connections you may desire. Just like a normal room in your house our garden studios are well insulated providing a relaxing environment for you to enjoy. Our eco-friendly approach ensures the design is sustainable, using natural timber PEFC products complimented by an attractive green sedum roof. To ensure we provide you with the perfect studio our range is fully customisable, offering you the freedom of size, materials, finishes and services. [Read more]
Situated in a prominent location overlooking the city of Winchester and its beautiful surrounding countryside stands Four Views. This striking upside-down build contrasts with its conventional neighbours, displaying a flat overhanging roof, dark grey brick, cedar cladding and grey aluminium framed windows. [Read more]
In the municipality of Bergen there are many historic beach ridges. Similarly, on a 7000 square meter plot on one of the most beautiful avenues of the North Holland town. The approximately 2.5 meters high ridges arose around six thousand years ago. As soon as there are building plans such ridges will be removed most times, in order to get a flat surface. This was not done for Villa K. In fact, ARCHITECTENCSK gave the old beach ridges a central place in the design. [Read more]
The client, Fernando Torres, wanted a private residence that shared a connection with Lamu but was secluded from the main town itself. He had a passion for architecture and at the same time liked to be in contact with nature. Combining these two attributes, a chance was presented to create a form of organic architecture that had a balance of traditional craft and modern requirements. The client had great respect for the environment and wished that the design process preserved the forest as much as possible. Likewise, the construction process and eventually the running of the building were to share the same attribute. [Read more]
Recognizing and seizing the particular maritime-forest microclimate together with the low budget available and with the requirement of a minimum posterior maintenance were determinant in the decision of the esthetic-constructive system of the house. The need to capture the light that passes through the trees led us to conceive the house as a “semicovered” and resolve it with big windows that provide long hours of natural light and full integration with the scenery, while from the outside, the windows reflect the privileged landscape creating a house with less presence. [Read more]
In the Laurentians, a dense forest on a slight hill, down-turns into the expansion of a small river. Through the trees, the body of a black building is divided into three blocks linked by glass passageways.
Three blocks of a home, mid-level from each other, are all in direct contact with the earth. Three blocks of proper identity, offering intimacy between each and open to nature:
– An entry block, open on two levels and includes the adolescents quarters and family room.
– A daytime block, central space, friendly, opens onto the terrace.
– A private block, owners suite, isolated from the rest of the home. [Read more]
Rural houses, or farmhouses are easily seen around countryside. However, these artificial forms are being placed here and there thoughtlessly in Mother Nature. A common stereotyped rural houses around Namhae, Jindo, and Pyeongchang have set a scenery of 20th century’s Korean farm village. One might say, the system of a local constructor also being a designer also being a constructor is extremely economical in terms of building rural houses. However, mother nature we have is too nice to only covered with identically produced rural houses. The fantasy of poor copied western wooden houses and red brick houses become formed a typical figure of Korean rural communities. Without any concern about an infinite landscape or a spirit of bamboo forest, red brick houses have become a romance dream for farmers, and an ultimate architectural goal for architects. [Read more]
Sappi, The Flemish Forest and Nature Agency, the commune of Hechtel-Eksel and Proximity joined forces in a unique partnership to stimulate companies, politicians and organisations to embrace sustainability in their daily activities. What better way to do this than to build a treehouse? According to the international paper producer Sappi, which started the project with Proximity BBDO, their communications agency, a treehouse would make their sustainability efforts more tangible, more real, and a true source of inspiration for others to follow. [Read more]
A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden, near the small village of Harads, close to the polar circle. A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4x4x4 meters box clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings. [Read more]