Curvaceous Creations by Partisans Architects
Curves of Nature
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.