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Best of 2012: Most viewed houses

Architecture 2013-01-04_most viewed houses

According to Google Analytics the most viewed houses in 2012 were the following:

Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos | House in Estoril

1 House in EstorilIncluded in Estoril’s residential neighborhood, in a low density urban area, the House stands discreetly in a plot where the green predominates. Natural and artificial live here together as a mutual extension of each other, accomplices in establishing a spatiality which is intended to be active in the characterization of its surroundings. [Read more]

ALT arquitectura | JC&M House

3 ALT arquitectura  JC&M House

In a very beautiful natural environment this single-family dwelling lies hidden. Taking advantage of the sloping terrain, it is integrated into the rest of the housing development, chameleon like, shown as a bird’s-eye view of the plant, only a stretch of the façade is visible. Thus a one-storey dwelling is considered, in which all the spaces turn towards the interior of the plot like a shop window. [Read more]

Jaime Rendon Arquitectos | House Sereno

4 Jaime Rendon Arquitectos  House SerenoThis house is located at the suburbs of Medellín (Colombia), 2,150 meter AMSL (Above Mean Sea Level).  The outstanding visual over the valley (named Valle del Aburrá), and the native forest that surrounds the house make this site unique in its type.The longitudinal house location in reference to the plot enables walking trough while enjoying the exterior outlook.The built-in white concrete volume encloses the social and the service zones, as well as the bedrooms. The built-in black stone volume surrounds the master bedroom and the private study (wood-box), both are linked by a iron built-in bridge. [Read more]

DADA Partners | South Court Villa

5 DADA Partners  South Court VillaStrategic placement of any building becomes paramount when it comes to a large site. This was the case with the 2.5 acre site for a new farmhouse in Chhattarpur, New Delhi, where the land was exceptionally narrow and deep. The narrowness of this west facing plot was challenging because placing the built mass either in front or at back resulted in enormous, wasteful lawns at the other ends. Besides, the presence of an adjoining old three storey residential building to the north with an array of servant rooms situated on its terrace looking into our site, made it imperative to place our building parallel to this adjoining block such that there is no visibility of this mammoth structure from the south courtyard of our building. [Read more]

 Buensalido Architects | Sofia Townhouse

6 Buensalido Architects  Sofia TownhouseClear parameters were given by the developer for these row houses – interior spaces had to look big through the use of cathedral height ceilings, views should be provided via large fenestration, faced of each row house should look the same while interior layouts should be flexible.The design process started from a series of cubes laid on top of one another. These cubes were cut in plan, segregating the service spaces (stairs, kitchen, t&b) from the main spaces (living space, bedrooms). These cubes were then pulled, extruded, offset, and skewed to achieve a unique composition. During this process, interstitial spaces emerged that created opportunities to integrate loft-like areas all throughout the interior of the project, effectively increasing the usable floor area of the otherwise compact row house. At the exterior the skewed form is tied together with a stark-white architectural frame and is accented with composite wood planks. [Read more]

Wallflower Architecture + Design | Travertine Dream House

7 Wallflower Architecture + Design  Travertine Dream House

The client’s brief for this house was simple. Functionally, to maximize usable area and to incorporate greenery. Aesthetically, to use travertine copiously as an architectural finish. Inspired by the Italian urban-scape during his travels, so too would travertine express this house. The house is organised as two parallel blocks connected by a glass enclosed bridge. The separation between the two blocks allows daylight to stream down to basement spaces. Thick travertine walls and large overhangs are placed on the western side to limit heat gain from the harsh afternoon sun. The entry, living spaces and bedrooms are arranged longitudinally to take advantage of natural cross ventilation and daylight. In order to intensify land use without ending up with an imposing structure, the four storied house has one level sunk into the ground and the other three set away from the access road. [Read more]

Vladimir Plotkin | Yachtsmen’s house


There was constructed a “yachtsman’s house” on the territory of Zavidkin designed by the architects Vladimir Plotkin and Olga Golovina. This stylish three-part volume, harmoniously evolving the principles of “Pirogovo” housing, has become a beautiful piece of the architectural collection of this resort. This is a striking and independent three-part volume with two black-and-red parallelepipeds flanking the snow-white “sail”. And it’s peculiar that the house became such during the collective additional work of the architect and the client. The thing is that the 5?8×6 meters according to the dimensions restrictions were not enough for the client and their family. They wanted to have the house three times larger. So Vladimir Plotkin suggested the idea to build a house visually split into three independent volumes joint by thin glass passages, unseen from afar.[Read more]

ALT arquitectura | Roncero House

In a slope raises a two-story house with distinct entrances for each floor. The property is developed as a narrow longitudinal scheme to make the most of garden plot. The volume arises from the main street of the merger of the two branches of access and it develops as a concrete materialization in the first floor which rises to close the volume weightless cantilever. This house is perhaps the most expressive I have done. We wanted that huge concrete surfaces were to fly over the ground, without giving too many clues of structural performance. We were looking for a non logical structure to provide spaces of something magical …[Read more]

XTEN Architecture | Openhouse

Openhouse_3The Openhouse is embedded into a narrow and sharply sloping property in the Hollywood Hills, a challenging site that led to the creation of a house that is both integrated into the landscape and open to the city below. Retaining walls are configured to extend the first floor living level into the hillside and to create a garden terrace for the second level. Steel beams set into the retaining walls perpendicular to the hillside are cantilevered off structural shear walls at the front of the site. Lateral steel clear spans fifty feet between these beams creating a double cantilever at the leading edge of the house and allowing for uninterrupted views over Los Angeles. Front, side and rear elevations of the house slide open to erase all boundaries between indoors and out and connect the spaces to gardens on both levels. [Read more]

Dada Partners | F3 Farmhouse


Designed as a lifestyle home the program was deliberately split into two units centered around a large central court. The larger of these two units holds the formal and informal areas on the lower floor with the bedrooms on the upper level. The smaller “Outhouse Unit” serves as the entertainment den along with a gymnasium, sauna, changing rooms, and service areas. The outhouse faces the central court on the South side while the North is defined by a monolithic white compound wall-as found in older tropical estates- that encloses a private garden which could be developed into a gridded orchard over time. [Read more]

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