January 25, 2021
Curves - they are organic, playful, comforting and sensual - what's not to like? The architects at Toronto-based Partisans certainly agree, and they are masters at applying curves in their projects.
Partisans' latest creation is the Fold House - a pool house cum guest cottage set in the grounds of an estate. The defining feature of this pavilion is a swooping roof which dips to the ground in the middle, creating the impression of a bird with outstretched wings, poised to take-off. The undulating ceiling is lined with white oak, steam-bent to create a seamless appearance. The pool is housed under one wing whilst a two-storey guest house rises above the other. The graceful curves not only echo the surrounding landscape but also create a cocooning environment, perfect for enjoying an invigorating swim and for pampering your guests.
The Bent House is designed to showcase the beauty of its location at the top of a disused mine. The building features a well considered balance of straight and curved walls, creating a natural organic vibe despite the extensive use of metal and glass on the outside. The house sits lightly on the ground, with one end cantilevered over a picturesque pond, which is showcased to great effect in the open-plan living dining room thanks to vast floor-to-ceiling glass walls. This is a thoroughly contemporary, manmade structure which nevertheless feels totally at one with nature.
Last but not least, the Grotto Sauna is an architectural gem perched on a rocky outcrop on the edge of a lake. The building is discrete on the outside - a boxy structure with charred black cedar cladding, which creates a natural weathered appearance. The wood-lined interior, in contrast, is a riot of curves complete with a vast eye-shaped window, made possible with advanced 3D scanning and CNC milling technologies. This cave-like space is truly effective in bringing the users as close to nature as possible.
The natural wood veneer lights from LZF are perfect for creating a warm, organic vibe - the Link suspension light is a great example. The Luci d'Oro Gold Moon chandelier from Catallani & Smith is evocative and organic, whilst the Luiz suspension light from Mater looks beautifully down to earth.
Bring the nature in with a Kentia Palm plant from Grace & Thorn, or with a wild botanical wallpaper such as the Exotic Garden wallpaper from Mind The Gap. The organically-shaped Bourgeon vase from 101 Copenhagen would look great too.
December 04, 2020
The Woodnest treehouse was born from a dream. When Norwegian native Kjartan wanted to marry Sally, who hails from Australia, he decided to show his dedication by building a treehouse in which to propose to her.
October 21, 2020
Could a quirky office compound, designed by a quirky architectural practice for a co-working office operator famous for its quirky buildings offer a template for post-pandemic office design?
September 10, 2020
When asked to picture a villa set in the lush landscape of Bali, a raw concrete structure may not spring immediately to mind. Then again, Caceres + Tous, the architects of this house, make a point of pursuing challenging ideas which follow emotions, functionality and the landscape instead of following trends.
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