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The Architectural Trio: Edition #8
Firstly apologies for not posting The Architectural Trio for three weeks. I got lazy, and since I have been working full time this summer architecture has unfortunately taken a bit of a back seat. In a week’s time I move back to Liverpool to start my second year at university, so I should now be back in the swing of things and this series will be released every week as normal. I was slightly underwhelmed with the architecture from the past seven days, however I have managed to find three successful buildings amongst the other more mediocre designs.
Meadow House, America, Office Mian Ye
Meadow House is a family home located in a suburban neighbourhood that typically contains huge mansions. The family specified that they wanted a more understated and less traditional home with only one storey. The result is a calm and ordered building that is light and airy. The brise soleil of knotty cedar battens blends well with the decking and foliage, and over time will be overcome with vines that change throughout the seasons. Another subtle touch is the continuation of the vertical battens inside, which break up the single storey interior whilst maintaining its expansive atmosphere. Various plants inside and outside the property seem well placed and appropriate in quantity to add a natural and humanising aspect to the property.
"The Great Wall Of Western Australia", Australia, Luigi Rosselli
This project, named The Great Wall of Western Australia since it is supposedly the longest rammed earth wall in Australia, provides temporary accommodation for ranch workers during the summer months. It is situated on a bank so the rooms are below a thick layer of sand. As well as sustainability and contextual benefits through the use of local clay and gravel, the rammed earth maintains cool temperatures inside the building due to its high thermal mass. Each suite has it’s own garden and deck that is shaded with a copper overhang, an apt material that compliments the rammed earth walls.
Casa 4.1.4, Mexico, AS/D
This complex in Querétaro de Santiago, a Mexican City, was designed for a retired couple and their three adult children. Four buildings are dotted around a central courtyard, with three small separate volumes for each child and their family and a larger building to act as the permanent residence for the parents. I am impressed by the thoughtful touches applied by the architect that are not immediately apparent from the photos. These include interesting material choices such as granite tiles for the central plaza which create a pleasing contrast with the white walls. Two ponds on the plaza as well as a variety of plants attract birds and insects, and two specifically chosen trees bloom bright red flowers at certain times of year. This space caters successfully to three generations, providing interest and balance in its considered composition and design.