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The Architectural Trio: Edition #12
After an underwhelming week last week, this week I had twice as many favourites as I need, so it was difficult to narrow down my top three. Each of the selected projects are very different, with particular touches that make them personally appeal to me. Next week I begin a new university project, so I may run out of time to continue with The Architectural Trio until summer. I will try however to update the site as much as possible. Here we go then, with one of the best Architectural Trio's so far.
Aquamotion, Courchevel, Auer Weber
This aquatic centre which houses facilities over two floors sits between a valley on one side and alpine forest on the other. The large windows allow extensive views out to the beautiful surroundings, whether users are bathing or eating in the upstairs restaurant. I think this building sits fantastically in its location, emerging from the snow like a sweeping drift. The blue pools and white interior match the sky and snow of the exterior, helping the building to settle into its site from the inside as well as the outside. The slender columns that hold up the structure seem to softly press into the roof, creating the sense that the ceiling is a light sheet draped over the building. The interior particularly reminds me of Santiago Calatrava’s work, which I adore.
IV House Extension, Spain, Mesura
Everyone that knows me is aware of my love for Spain and that I plan to live there one day for a number of reasons. One of the many draws is the architecture. In mediterranean climates interior and exterior spaces can be blurred, which I enjoy designing due to my preference for being outdoors in fresh air and bright daylight. This extension houses an extra bedroom, bathroom and lounge, however its most important aspect is the cohesion it introduces between the interior and exterior. Overhangs of the vaulted roofs create shaded patios and courtyards which improve exterior comfort, as well as linking the house to the tennis court and swimming pool. The brick patterns are creatively varied, with some walls containing holes or being stacked vertically without overlaps including a standard bond. The bricks combine effectively with the bright pristine grass and light ceramic tiles to create a minimal, pleasing colour scheme. The pattern of the roofline is also minimal, whilst admitting natural light into the extension.
Mills, Australia, Austin Maynard Architects
This remodelled bungalow for a mother and child in Melbourne features fun elements that set it apart from most house renovations. The most novel idea is placing storage in the floor of the house. Since it is a terrace property, it is relatively narrow, so it made sense to do away with cupboards. Also, children tend to leave things on the floor, so easy tidying is possible by sweeping toys into the storage. “Gravity is colluding with your child and conspires in its favour,” is one of my favourite quotes from the architect. Another creative element is an extra seat incorporated into the kitchen counter (which is below the level of the dining room) to allow more people to sit at the dining table or the house owner’s son to cook with her. The bathroom contains a custom built, bright yellow fibreglass bath that is easy to clean, whilst the stairs and first floor walkway use mesh flooring to admit more light into the downstairs interior along with a courtyard between the old building and new extension. The extension is glazed, however the mesh is used again to protect from harsh sun exposure. This house is creatively tailored to its occupants and full of joy, demonstrating the care and attention that was exhibited by the architects.