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The Architectural Trio: Edition #13
This was another stellar week of architecture projects, and I struggled to narrow it down yet again. It’s odd how some weeks nothing seems to particularly appeal to me, then others I have about seven projects to choose from. I have now been assigned my next brief at university, which is to design a performance centre for a youth theatre group. It should be interesting because the site is on a harsh slope in-between two buildings, and I’ve never designed on a slope before. Also, the international precedent of St. George’s Hall is nearby, so I’ve got that to live up to. I will continue to try and upload Architectural Trios, and the odd extra post here and there. Enjoy!
Monsant Cafe, South Korea, Platform_a
This cafe situated on the volcanic island of Jeju uses local basalt stone. The aim of the firm was to complement the attractive coastal landscape. To achieve this they used reflective glass panels which blend the building with the surrounding landscape and increase the privacy and intimacy of interior spaces. I particularly like the large glazed walls/doors, which can be opened in warm weather to permit air flow. Also, in twilight the way the interior light leaks through the basalt cladding looks fantastic. The proportions of the building are very pleasing, as shown by the first image. In my opinion the disordered, heavy stone offsets the delicate, neat glazing, whilst the stairs juxtapose the abundant straight lines. Platform_a have achieved a very successful small building, which I’m sure would be delightful to have a drink in and admire the view.
Crossed House, Spain, Clavel Arquitectos
This house in an area of Murcia that will become densely populated in coming years uses simple rotation to protect interior and exterior spaces and permit mountain views. The building works on simple principles, rotating three volumes to optimise certain details. The dramatic first floor cantilever shades the ground floor spaces, whilst inset glazing protects from harsh midday sun. I am a big fan of Spain in general, as well as Spanish architecture (this is the second week in a row I’ve included a Spanish building) and this building grabs my attention as I can imagine myself there. The simple geometry and materiality is bold and brash, however is it clear the architects have carefully considered every decision. The only opportunity missed is a diving board from the first floor to the pool.
CKK Jordanki Concert Hall, Poland, Fernando Menis
I have never seen a building like this. The architect claims to have created the material, called picado, which consists of concrete mixed with broken red brick. It resembles mosaic from a distance, however closer photos show that the brick is not just applied to the surface. I like how the interesting material which is so prevalent inside is only hinted on the exterior, and how the grey concrete projects slightly over the picado. Inside, angles are startling and eye catching, supposedly optimising acoustics along with the material, according Fernando Menis. Although it is probably not to everyone’s taste, I find the orange tone aesthetically pleasing, and can imagine when a lighting setup is applied the warm tones and dark shadows created by the angled surfaces will be very engaging. I imagine there will be a lot of gasps when civilians enter this building, which shows to some degree it is successful in creating awe and enhancing concert experiences.