Situated in the garden of their Victorian house in Battersea, the new two-storey building was originally planned as an annex for the eldest children, but was redesigned to be more flexible following the arrival of a new baby.
The lower storey and courtyard are sunken below ground level, while a bridge connects the street to the main entrance above.
High-rise courtyard walls protect the property from risk of flooding by the nearby River Thames, framing an outdoor space where the family’s youngest children can play within sight of their parents.
"The house is set within a sunken modernist courtyard garden, which allows its owners to escape the dramas of London and relax in a serene and calm setting," Morrogh-Ryan explained.
Pascal Flammer created this timber house in Balsthal. There are two principal floors; one set 75 cm below the earth, one 1.50 m above. The ground floor consists of one single family room with a noticeably low horizontal ceiling. In this space there is a physical connection with the nature outside the continuous windows.
The space above is the inverse. This floor is divided into four equal rooms with 6m high ceilings. The height defines the space. Large windows open to composed views of the wheat field. Whereas the ground floor is about connecting with the visceral nature of the context, the floor above is about observing nature – a more distant and cerebral activity.
welsh practice hyde + hyde architects designed a home for a photographer in a disused quarry on the edge of brecon national park as an object placed on the landscape without being entirely intrusive on the topography.
conceived as a recatngular form supported off the ground, the cantilevered poured-in-place concrete slab is covered in corten clad SIPs (structural insulated panels) to ensure a high thermal performance. apertures in the metal skin offer various views of the surrounding greenery, exposing central patios and different rooms. At the end of the volume, a glass wall directs views outwards in a double-height atrium space containing the living room and library.
a combination of the exposed OSB board in the interior and various windows provide an ideal backdrop for the display and creation of photography.
View House, Rosario, Argentina by Johnston Marklee
Designed for an ecologically rich site on the Argentine plains near Rosario, this 3,000 square foot house optimizes a compact dwelling space by maximizing the experience of the surrounding views and prioritizing environmental performance.
The taurus shape creates expansive spaces by layering volume and view within and throughout the house. The siting, orientation and form of the house minimize dependence on mechanical systems, making use of natural light, air flow, and alternative energy systems to create a dynamic living experience directly engaged with the local site conditions.
AV Houses, São Paulo, Brazil by Corsi Hirano Arquitetos
The line of the roof extends out over the extruded glass-fronted boxes that house the staircases, creating shelters over the entrances. Half the residences have these stairs at the front and half have them at the rear. Each home has an open-plan living space on the ground floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, plus a small garden and an extra shower room out the back.