architect : thomas Phifer
This curvy brick house for Madison, Wisconsin, is designed by architects Thomas Phifer and Partners to resemble a serpentine garden wall.
The block-through former Brillo warehouse, also known as 60 and 62 John Street, measures 34,200 square feet. The four-story property will be converted into ten units total, with eight large lofts averaging over 3,000 square feet and two newly constructed penthouses. Alloy, the developer behind 192 Water Street, is heading up the project. Several of the units will have 13-foot ceilings and private outdoor space.
Simply put, this house is like a geometric forest.
Combining untreated wood in its natural form in an irregular lattice to create a loose boundary. Natural breeze flows through the gaps, and strong summer sun is shielded by this loose lattice structure; between nature and artificiality. A place both loosely protected and at the same time, thoroughly open.
One is able to physically climb through this lattice, to the upper part of the structure is a space like a sky-terrace where one can find a place of refuge. Move through the space like climbing a tree.
The gaps, or spaces between the lattice structure can be used as shelves, or a place for your favorite pot-plant.
A place to live, can be re-written as a place filled with opportunities or cues where one can engage, it is also a place to harness and invite elements such as wind and sun to orchestrate a pleasant space.
This Forest of lattice structure will be place for living which is new yet primitive.
Architect : Andy Bernheimer
Houses throughout the 20th Century have attempted to create a seamless transition between interior and exterior through the use of transparency. Rather than induce contact between the two, however, the use of glass has only served to isolate the two into hermetically sealed conditions which, through the use of ever more efficient technological envelopes and climate control systems, have less and less to do with each other.
“Didier Fiuza Faustino works reciprocally summons up art from architecture and architecture from art, indistinctly using genres in a way that summarises an ethical and political attitude about the conditions for constructing a place in the socio-cultural fabric of the city. Spaces, buildings and objects show themselves to be platforms for the intersection of the individual body and the collective body in their use.”
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Located in one of the last remaining undeveloped residential buildings in Brooklyn’s historic DUMBO district, 192 Water is a sensitive renovation with penthouse addition to provide authentic, industrial loft living for families.architect/ jared della valle http://www.192water.com
Casa Pezo / Presentation
“This is a singular piece that occupies a dominant position in the landscape. It is a horizontal figure separated from the ground. A sculptural structure, unitary and monolithic, that is supported by a blind podium. An elevated condition visible from a distance and another that disappears under the foliage. The platform’s aerial world establishes its own cardinal directions. A perimeter ring, a panoramic rotunda measured by sixteen columns at regular distances, is occupied by a sequence of rooms with informally defined functions. Transparent and symmetrical rooms articulated by open corners. A portico too narrow as to hold a static room and too deep as to hold a vigilance balcony. On the platform’s aerial world there is a single interior room. This room has no roof. It is barely perforated in all four directions of the landscape and its base is occupied by water, a volume of water as profound as the high that separates the house from the natural ground. This contained water, the softest patio known, always finds the way to move the sky to the bottom of the earth.”
Sofia Von Ellrichshausen
With lyrical waves, the house rises from the dunes, evoking rippled, wind-blown sand, the ocean itself, or a great billowing, surging cloth, staked down at only a few points. Envisioned for a site on the south coast of Long Island, the design proposes a single continuous, undulant surface that morphs from roof to wall to roof, again and again, fluidly shaping the spaces beneath it. Like a tent, it harkens back to the most primeval and fundamental forms of shelter and shading: perched lightly on the earth, allowing the landscape to flow virtually through it.
information from Thomas Phifer and Partners