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The Xeros Residence

Called ‘Xeros’ (from the Greek for ‘dry’) as a reminder that all design solutions should be in a direct response to the environment in which the project exists – the building has several environmentally responsible decisions. Read More

Flight of Birds House in the Azores

The house is located in the north side of S. Michael Island in the Azores. Since the microclimate of this farmland offers frequent wind and showers, the first design strategy was to block these winds with a wall and offer diverse patios and covered courtyards to protect against rain. These patios and courtyards also open all living spaces to the natural green by glass walls which receded from the exterior. On the upper-floor there are private rooms that are more enclosed and protected. The typology follows almost classical Palladian and Scamozzi central plan design, with double height on living room and then two lateral wings enclosing one the kitchen. This also uses the high chimneys from popular residential architecture, a covered interior patio, and the other wing has the circulations for the first floor and to the roof terrace. Read More

The Nanjing Sifang Art Museum Architecture

May 17, 2011 Modern Architecture

The Nanjing Sifang Art Museum designed by Steven Holl Architects stands impressively near Nanjing in China. Embracing a concept initially conceived by ancient Chinese painters (that encouraged several perspectives within a painting as opposed to one fixed vanishing point) the designers explored shifting viewpoints with this structure. Read More

Butler House

Nestled within the undulated roofline of one of Fitzroy’s famed MacRobertson warehouses, sits a roof terrace with a difference – complete with canopy and turf. This, the vertical and architectural pinnacle of the Butler House, fills the void that effects so many inner-city dwellings – a lack of outdoor space. Further to this, the warehouse apartment had a number of innate thermal and acoustic shortcomings – making it less-than-ideal for occupancy by a family with 2 rambunctious young boys. Balancing intimacy with privacy came to be a significant consideration for this young family and is achieved via shrewd adaptability of spaces. Read More

House M

The distinctive feature of the property lies in its north-facing slope, which has to be negotiated over two stores to reach the almost flat garden level. This gives rise to the leitmotiv of a “house winding up the slope”, with a quarry- facade which is corresponding to the ultra thin Frames of the facade. Despite its complex geometry, the house is organized in clearly perceivable zones, based initially on additive modules of 7.80 by 7.80 meters. Lighting plays a particularly important role. Read More