House of the Archeologist

Architecture - 20.06.2019

House of the Archeologist LCA architetti

The Italian firm LCA architetti, based in Varese (Milan), has designed a house for an archaeologist where history and archaeology are the centerpiece, as they are in the client’s life.  The practice pursues a sustainable architecture through renewable materials and by creating spaces at a human scale, whatever the scale of the building. The ‘House of the Archaeologist’ was specially designed for the client, who wanted a contemporary reinterpretation of the past in the form of a bright home where the effect of light changes in the course of the day, discarded materials are given new life, and energy consumption is down to the minimum.The house has a rectangular base which other blocks of cubic form have been inserted in or extracted from. It rises two levels and the openings are placed in such a way that they interact with the surrounding landscape.All materials are taken from decommissioned quarries and landfills, and the result is reminiscent of the brick textures of old walls, interspersed with large cut stones.

Pavilion House

Architecture - 03.06.2019

Pavilion House

Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs & Diogo Aguiar Studio

Amid vineyards in Guimarães, Portugal, the Porto firms Diogo Aguiar Studio and Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs raised this small timber-clad house where furniture and services are built into the walls.  Pavilion House is a small inhabitable space on the mountain located between vineyards and woods in Guimarães, specifically on top of a preexisting granite wine cellar. This restricts the shape of the floor plan, but the altitude makes for fine views of the surrounding landscape. The interior is organized to capitalize on the views, framed by four openings facing different directions.Inside we find a space designed to adapt to the user’s momentary needs, but always in direct connection with the environment. The small house has an open space where the eye is drawn to the largest window, which frames the best views, northward. On the other hand, private elements like the bathroom and the bed, besides the kitchen and the pantry, can be hidden, appearing and disappearing from the central space as the user pleases.Both inside and outside the walls present vertical wooden slats. Native plants deck the roof, blending the building with the nature around.

Architecture on the Road

Architecture - 23.05.2019

Architecture on the Road

Norwegian National Scenic Routes

A project with the objective of recovering the use of national roads in Norway by creating routs in which we find architectural interventions, most of them carried out by Norwegian firms.   The development of the highways in Norway left the vernacular routes that ran along national roads in disuse. This circumstance is common to the rest of Europe, but was especially dramatic in the Nordic country because of the extraordinary landscapes that were being left behind. The project launched in 1993, and still in progress today, set out to recover 18 of these routes with the addition of architectural, artistic, or landscaping projects that equip the roads with the necessary services and establish natural milestones. This initiative helps to support far-off towns that are disconnected from the main roads while developing a completely innovative program that becomes a touristic and cultural magnet. The 18 routes and more than 1.600 kilometers that cross the country from north to south will have around 250 resting areas, parking lots, and viewpoints in 2024, spaces carefully designed by different architecture and design studios. Today 60% of the facilities have already been completed, in most cases by No

Kult

Architecture - 25.04.2019

Kult Pool Leber Architekten & Bleckmann Krys Architekten

The German firms Pool Leber Architekten and Bleckmann Krys Architekten have designed Kult, a new cultural center on the cultural route of the German city of Vreden. Located in the city’s historical zone, the building has a volume that is determined by its surroundings, resulting from a prolongation of the axes of nearby constructions and adapting to their scale.Kult is composed of several pieces, incorporating 14th-, 16th-, and 20th-century buildings, along with two new structures, in a single project, and maintaining the idea of continuity and unity in the resulting complex. Special efforts went into preserving the style of the preexisting buildings, particulating the detailing of facades. Yet a coherence between the different styles is achieved, and with that, a unitary image. The cultural center contains 1400 m2 and the program it houses includes spaces for events and exhibitions, the local archives, a tourist information office, and educational spaces.The building exteriorly addresses the rural surroundings, but the interior image differs completely, presenting a concrete structure that is left exposed with a wooden texture, and yellow d