Sep 23, 2010

A house to live in forever....

I could happily spend sunlight-filled days & balmy evenings 
in an elegant, exciting-yet-subtle house, 
such as this beauty by 
Brazilian architectural firm Marcio Kogan.
Sunshine-dappled floors...
sensuous shadows on the floor...
Floor-length curtains rustling in errant breezes...
The screens fold back, 
responding to the changing moods of the weather
and to the whim of the lucky people who gather there... 
Ilhabela House is a beautiful balance 
of textures both rustic and polished...
where smooth steps float contrastingly 
with the rough-tumbled stone wall.

Simple rectangular forms, contrasting textures 
& an ode to light are trademarks of this fabulous firm. 

Architects: Marcio Kogan
Architectural co-author: Diana Radomysler
Collaborator: Eduardo Chalabi
Photographer: Pedro Vannucchi

Sep 7, 2010

Cantilevered wonders


Always in love with anything that cantilevers seemingly impossibly...

Like this dramatically exciting swimming pool, which simply "grows" out of the organic architecture, with all structure concealed in the concrete. 

Gravity is impudently tested here, where the floor platform echoes the roof platform, sort of a giant icecream sandwich really....
and still the steel structure is hidden inside smooth, smooth concrete....

These 3 play with the "flatness" of the void below - by using unexpected shapes or materials to visually anchor the cantilever. 
The flimsy red poles - such an incongruous match for the massive structure which they cheekily pretend to support - are an irreverent nod to the force of downward pressure.

Cantilevered elements can be arresting in landscape design, too, like this pear-shaped urn which is just too tempting to go and prod with a gentle poke, just in case it rolls over...

After all, there is just something SO irresistible about pushing the limits of gravity...we never really grow up, do we???

Photo credits: 1 & 3. Denton Corker Marshall, house at Yarra Valley, Victoria; 2. Ensamble Studio & Anton Garcia Abril, Hemeroscopium House, Greece; 4. JCB Architects, house at Cape Schank, Victoria; 5. Odos Architects, Wicklow Hills House; 6. Power Unit Studio, the Y house; 7. Deborah Silver Landscape Design; 8. Yr Hafod, scout resort at Snowdonia, Wales.
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