April 11, 2018
Popularised by the ancient Romans and a mainstay of classical architecture, there are few architectural features as dramatic, imposing and graceful as the humble arch. It remains relevant today, for example as a way to inject drama and dynamism, as architect Hata Tomohiro demonstrates to great effect in this charming house in Kobe in Japan.
This long, thin house is in a city centre location on a sloping site. Even though the slope had been levelled, the architect wanted to create the impression that the inhabitants are living on a slope. The solution is a structure based on rectangular volumes of different sizes, stacked on top of each other like a pyramid. This offers interesting possibilities for organising the internal space as well as connecting the indoor and outdoor areas as rooms lead onto terraces in a seamless flow. Elegant arches are used throughout the building to frame the openings and provide a visual connection for the various levels, resulting in a house which feels uplifting and very much in tune with the landscape.
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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