New year is coming. Right now, it is the moment for us to relax and think about what did we do in this year. I also do.
Beside that I sit down and collect the most impressive project from this last year, selecting the ones that are worth a revisit. I am pleased to bring to you these amazing homes presented by Architectism in 2014 and we begin our review with:
1. The Jeju Cocoon house by Planning Korea
A unique site such as the one on the UNESCO Heritage Island of Jeju, South Korea required an unconventional design and this house takes its inspiration from the volcanic land of the island, combining it with a cocoon-like geometry for an impressive eco-friendly home.
Located in Dietikon, Switzerland, the designer want to offer an alternative to the traditional housing solutions with a better integration of the natural landscape into the project. Being located below the ground level it becomes a part of the environment and the land provides the natural insulation needed.
Residence in Kallitechnoupolis by Tense Architecture Network
You might be think that concrete house is not adorable but this concrete shell of this building brings a contemporary architectural contrast to the natural surroundings with an attempt to create ”the maximum possible tension of the shell’s introvertedness” as the designers put it, resulting in a very imposing and daring work.
The Mirror Houses by Peter Pichler ArchitectureLocated in Bolzano, Italy, this pair of residences is created for rental and their design actually reflects the landscape of the Tyrolean Dolomites with the vineyards nearby, taking the concept of integration into nature to another level while still ensuring a stunning contemporary interior.
Located in Larvik, Norway, this project was created through the collaboration with SINTEF, ZEB, Brodrene Dahl and Optimera for a zero emissions residence that acts as a home as well as a demonstration platform. The prototype is extremely modern and aside from its sustainable qualities, which are abundant, it also features a truly elegant contemporary design which we just adore.
Innie & Outie by William O’Brien Jr. Architects
This is the one work bringing the deconstructivist aesthetic to a new height in a setting surrounded by ancient oak trees and the serene landscape of Connecticut. Instead of opting for a cabin-like structure, this residence breaks the standards of what modern living should look like and was designed with extreme care to all of its details, making it a true work of art.