May 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
For Brazilian architects, Angelo Bucci and Alvaro Puntoni, a site topographically unusual for its depression became more advantageous than problematic in relation to meeting the clients’ brief for a live/work environment. Utilising the abrupt drop in ground level, Bucci and Puntoni responded to the need for separatism of these two existential necessities by elevating the 3mW x 25mL tubular office area by two reinforced concrete supports, the only section visible at street level.
Connected to the office space by a steel bridge, but nestled below the street level, the two domestic storeys of the house in Carapicuíba, Brazil, lay in distinct, desired separation. But just as the site encourages this brief to be so surprisingly well-realised, so, too, does its geography allow for great incorporation of indoor and outdoor space. Woods, valley, gardens and pool surround the home storeys, merging with living spaces through sliding glass doors onto a terrace and patio. Similarly, the windows at either end of the office structure allow for a unique aerial viewpoint of the green spaces, thus offering further converging separatism within the property.
Working with the site’s geography and landscape, to allow its unusual topographical dictates govern the realisation of the project, has not only created distinct living and working environments and a merging of nature with structure, but has also meant simplicity of materials. Built from two material elements – concrete and glass – Bucci and Puntoni were less constrained by budget and more able to focus on the build itself. The result is exemplary of the great design and wellbeing that can and should be derived from environmental attentiveness.
Photography by Nelson Kon.
May 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
May 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Award-winning, Mexico City-based industrial designer, Victor M. Aleman, focuses on aligning the bond between complex digital design and skilled Mexican craftsmanship. Indicative of this creative output from his self-founded Victor Aleman/Estudio is Loopita; a continuous seating curve for two, handcrafted from conserved start to surface finish. Master joinery and force of compression bind the sections together, leaving you with a strikingly singular indoor/outdoor seating unit.
May 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Beautifully realised by Gustavo Penna and Associates, the Japanese Immigration Memorial is a monument which exists in metaphorical celebration of bi-cultural cohesion. Situated in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, it structurally and environmentally honours the relationship between Japan and the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais through its unity of cultural symbolism.
From the architect: “The journey starts from the symbolic Japan of cherry trees to Minas of white ipe trees. In order to honor Japan and Minas, curved walls were also placed, side by side, in an allusion to both flags: the red circle and triangle. This is a fortunate analogy which refers to the synthesis and concision that is common to the peoples of both countries. The symmetrical bridge shape with entwined curves brings, at the same time, cohesion, continuous movement and interdependence.”
The memorial is located in the Prosecutor Francisco Lins do Rêgo Ecological Park, Belo Horizonte.
Photography by Jomar Bragança
April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
South Korean product designer, Giha Woo, is rather adept at re-interpreting the necessitous relationship between objects, and his Hidden Light chair is a fine example of this purist application of the discipline. A simple chair frame that can be manipulated to reveal the hidden overhead light embedded within is a wonderfully structural response to the merging of multiple functionality.