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The Architectural Trio: Edition #24
Since I have now completed my first final year project, I have time to write some blog posts over the Christmas holidays. I still have to revise and write an essay, but it feels great to have the pressure of a long term project off my shoulders. You can read about the project here, and why it was my most challenging to date. This post will be the last of the 2016, which has been a momentous year in architecture in my opinion. It will be very interesting to see what happens next year in the industry, and personally after June when I finish my degree. This week’s architecture is not spectacular, however all three of the projects are solid and considered. Enjoy the article!
Barn Rijswijk, The Netherlands, Workshop Architecten
This contemporary building which is located on a farm in the West of the Netherlands replaces a 1960s barn. It contains an apartment, shelter for sheep and intermediate space which allows access through the barn. I particularly like the contrast between the surface treatment of the cladding and untreated internal cladding and framing. The black stained Douglas Fir is an interesting and bold choice, and the untreated timber pleasingly highlights openings and adds a warm, welcoming aspect to the design. The exposed timber and translucent roofing in the intermediate space combine with large windows to bring natural light into the apartment, which is bounced around by white painted walls. Workshop Architecten have responded to the unusual brief with refined simplicity that is punctuated with carefully considered moments of striking design.
Machagua House, Chile, Croxatto Y Opazo Arquitectos
Machagua house is situated in a wetland Northwest of the city of Santiago. It is a holiday home consisting of two defined volumes stacked on top of one another. The lightly textured larger ground floor box uses pale stone which gleams against blue skies, and contrasts the tactile oak board cladding of the smaller first floor which contains a master bedroom suite and private roof terrace. I am very fond of the use of oak in this design, its aesthetic is unashamedly natural and rugged. I also like the design’s use of internal and external levels and strong, celebrated staircases. The house has just enough variation in its forms to add interest without being messy. The surrounding landscaping makes use of different materials such as grass, stone, and crushed shells, which makes views of the house different from every angle. It is houses like this that make me want to work in south America.
Valdemonjas Winery, Spain, Ana Agag and Silvia Paredes
The family owners of Valdemonjas Winery approached Ana Agag and Silvia Paredes to design them a new head of operations that could be used to promote their product as well as create it. In a region which contains wineries by Foster + Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Agag and Paredes knew they had to stand out. The cantilevered ground floor is the public area of the winery, which frames extensive views of the vineyard and provides areas for tasting sessions. The basement is where the production occurs, with fermentation, ageing and bottling. A striking barrel vaulted storage hall is used to maintain a constant temperature and humidity. Of course the building’s cantilever and sloped form is visually impressive, however this decision has not been made only for aesthetic reasons. Rainwater runs down the roof and is collected for use in the building, and photovoltaic panels convert solar energy into electricity. These systems allow the building to be isolated from the mains water and electricity grid, reducing its carbon footprint. The two chosen architects set about creating a bold landmark to improve the image and efficiency of the Valdemonjas Winery, and they have certainly succeeded.