The Architectural Trio: Edition #48
18th February 2018After a break from the Architectural Trio due to a weekend holiday in Málaga, this week it's back with a vengeance, featuring two houses in Portugal and England and a swimming pool in Canada. Fresh articles have been few and far between recently, mainly because I'm dedicating a lot of time to the Barn21 redesign. It is certainly a challenge learning how to write html and css, but it's enjoyable and so far I'm happy with the results. In general I have managed to replicate the aesthetic I outlined in the visual design mock-ups. In the coming weeks I expect I'll write a piece regarding my progress on the coding, since I think I am almost at the halfway point. Spotlights In Granada was the other post to feature on the site in the past fortnight, a gorgeous scene of lights dotting the mountains surrounding the city; find it in the photography section. Before you check that out, scroll down to explore this week's Architectural Trio.
The architects have creatively dealt with the challenging site. Photo by João Morgado The stunning curved overhang shades the interiors in summer. Photo by João Morgado Wooden flooring is used throughout the property. Photo by João Morgado
Casa ED&JO, Portugal, NOARQIn this project situated in a town North of Porto, NOARQ have turned the challenges presented by the awkward triangular site into creative architectural elements. The plot is overlooked on its North edge by neighbouring buildings, and the East and West borders are roads. In order to maintain privacy within the scheme, NOARQ chose to present virtually solid facades to the three aforementioned directions, then open up the South facade and create light wells to bring daylight into the property. Positioning the home to the North of the site facilitated a garden to the South as well that the glazed walls open up into. For the summer months when the powerful high altitude sun is unwelcome, a sinuous curved overhang shades the interiors. Speaking of interiors, the main living spaces are open plan and face the garden, with the more private bedrooms located in the Northern section of the plan. Wooden flooring is used throughout the property. This design seems deceptively obvious when presented as a complete project, however in fact is it a highly creative and refined scheme on a very difficult site that I don't think many architects would be capable of imagining.
The scheme is on an extremely tight site. Photo by Will Scott Photography The translucent stairs are both functionally and visually brilliant. Photo by Will Scott Photography Sleek and appropriate cladding in the lightwell. Photo by Will Scott Photography
Southwick Yard, England, Belsize ArchitectsSomehow, Belsize Architects have managed to construct a four bedroom home on this incredibly tight site that used to be a one bedroom mews. Southwick Yard is located near Hyde Park in London, a highly desirable area where space is at a premium. For this reason, the architects chose to dig down to create a basement below the property's two above ground levels. As shown in the first photo, the house is overlooked by relatively tall residential buildings in almost all directions, so Belsize Architects have used some creative solutions to admit light into the home whilst maintaining privacy. A central light well descends through all three levels, and is especially important in lighting the two bedrooms in the basement. Also, the staircase acts as a second light well due to its construction out of translucent glass, alongside looking very sleek and modern. Skylights and large windows where approriate round off the daylighting techniques in the project. In my opinion the external material palette of thin bricks and timber that has been charred using shou-sugi-ban, a traditional Japanese technique, is an inspired decision. The materials sit in harmony with the context, however they are different enough that the building subtly and elegantly stands out from its surroundings. Southwick yard is a highly thoughtful and well rounded scheme that represents the pure creativity flowing from Belsize Architects.
A fresh and bright colour scheme. Photo by Ema Peter Patterned glazing aids privacy whilst maintaining the colour scheme. Photo by Ema Peter The jagged roof is both bold and functional, capturing rainwater for use in the building. Photo by Ema Peter