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The Architectural Trio: Edition #27
Welcome to the return of my Architectural Trio series. Now that have finished university I have more time to work on this blog, so expect more frequent posts and regular Architectural Trios every single Sunday. I have some big plans for the future of the site, with more diverse posts and tonnes of ideas for articles and more in the pipeline. This week’s Trio was a little underwhelming, although maybe that’s because I’m burnt out from architecture at the moment… Anyway, enjoy the buildings!
Private House, Brazil, Jacobsen Arquitetura
This relatively large family home in Sau Paulo makes use of a simple plan to define different zones. The building consists of two clear parallel connected volumes and one hidden mass, with each serving a distinct purpose. The communal family areas are located in one wing, with the bedrooms in its parallel neighbour. A connecting bridge which defines the entrance connects the two volumes. In a lower part of the site, stone walled staff and service quarters run perpendicular to the main wings, blending subtly into the landscape. My favourite aspect of this design is the regular rhythm of timber columns and beams which tie together all the elements both outside and in. Their persistent pattern is deliberate and links well to the long, thin volumes which define the building plan. However, pleasingly, they run in a perpendicular direction in order to expand the width of the open plan rooms.
Family House Complex, Mexico, Vieyra Arquitectos
After the client’s house to the East of Mexico City became too small to accommodate them and their children’s families, they decided to construct a new central villa surrounded by a series of smaller homes for their children. All the buildings face into a central garden with a swimming pool and deck, allowing the family to eat and relax together. However, each individual home is also fully equipped. The vision of the architects has facilitated a series of buildings which are clearly unique from one another, but similar enough to achieve visual coherence. For example, they are all two storeys tall with pitched roofs, and built with rammed earth walls. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, the cluster is also kind to the environment. It contains systems such as solar panels, a hot water recirculation system and rainwater collection.
House MeMo, Argentina, BAM! Arquitectura
The client for House MeMo is a single woman whose sons visit from time to time. The house is an infill project which replaced gardens that previously occupied the plot. For this reason, the architects tried to minimise the loss of green space by creating a roof, courtyard and rear gardens. They also attached solar panels to the roof to further increase the sustainability of the building. I particularly admire the manipulation of 3D spaces by the architect in this building. At first I struggled to understand the layout, however after working it out the complex plan proves itself to be as successful functionally as it is intriguing. Despite heavy use of concrete, the building appears soft and welcoming due to the extensive greenery, and the central light well admits abundant daylight into the interiors which was an aim of the architects.