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The Architectural Trio: Edition #49
Welcome back to the Trio, the perfect architectural introduction to your Sunday. In recent week's I've been finalising the redesign of Barn21, and I am pleased to announce it is now online! To read more about the process, check out the latest part of my Rebuilding Barn21 series, which looks at my trials and tribulations from the first half of the coding. In the coming weeks I'll write another article regarding the rest of the coding and getting the site online. Also in the past seven days, three new photoseries went live on the photography page. Two contain my photos from a walk here in Granada and a trip to La Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias in Valencia, and the other showcases the creative photography of Kate Ballis. I hope you have a wonderful week, and enjoy this week's selection of buildings.
House Of Inside And Outside, Indonesia, Tamara Wibowo
Situated in the city of Semarang on the North coast of Java, this house was designed by architect Tamara Wibowo for her and her young family. It makes the most of the year round tropical climate by providing a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces that can be blended seamlessly by rotating a series of glass doors. This allows air to pass through the rooms, cooling and refreshing the interior spaces. The material palette is raw and quite hard, both visually and physically, however the exposed concrete and plaster surfaces are full of texture and character. To counter the strong, grayscale materials the architect has used timber joinery, which is particularly successful in the window framing seen in the first photo in my opinion. Warm lighting also adds a more welcoming aspect to the interiors. Lush greenery is present throughout the scheme, with a mango tree that has been an ever present on the site being preserved and highlighted as the centrepiece of the property's entrance. It came as a surprise to me that this is Tamara Wibowo's first project, since the exquisite quality of the project is clear to see.
An'garden Cafe, Vietnam, Le House
Similar in many ways to the previous project, in their design of An'garden Cafe Le House have used planting to soften an industrial material palette of concrete and steel. Created as an escape from Hanoi's chaotic streets, the project was inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon. The street facing facade is definitely eye-catching, with planters in the low wall providing a hint of the atmosphere of the interior. The commitment to use of a risky angular aesthetic has paid off in my opinion, with the steel framing and bold form uniting to create an exciting and dynamic building. Formed over the ground floor and two further mezzanines, the glazed street facade and a large skylight allow plenty of natural light to penetrate the cafe. This natural light coupled with the internal pond and greenery must generate a tranquil natural setting that would surely be a pleasure to experience. If I ever visit Hanoi, I'll certainly seek out An'garden Cafe for a snack.
Tinbeerwah House, Australia, Teeland Architects
Eucalyptus screens have been used in this house to resolve a number of climatic and visual issues, as well as enhance the relationship between the building and surrounding eucalyptus forest. The property is essentially a one room deep glazed pavilion that has been clad in the aforementioned timber. The shallow plan and large openable sections of the walls facilitate bright, airy interiors with views of the open sea, as well as natural cross ventilation for cooling. The screening increases privacy for the residents and adds a memorable, unique aspect to the scheme that sets it apart from other typical glazed boxes. As much as Teeland Architects' design oozes sophisticated simplicity, the photography of this project elevates it even further. The colour correction of the images is fantastic, as is their composition, props to Jared Fowler. This home proves the elegance of pure, uncluttered design, where carefully considered, contextual factors guide each part of the scheme.