By Magaly • May 26, 2020
Soori Bali by SCDA Architects:
“Soori Bali lies within the Tabanan Regency, one of Bali’s most fertile and picturesque regions. Here, the landscape ranges from volcanic mountains and verdant rice terraces to beautiful black-sand beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean. The location provides for a complete hideaway and offers numerous quality views of the surrounding beach, ocean, mountains and rice fields.
Soori Bali was designed with the overt principle of green sustainable initiatives in mind. The project is conceived to be both climatically and socially reactive to its locale. The design responds to the notions of climate and place, and endeavors to engage the local landscape and community. The design of the resort was approached with a sensitivity to the nuances of the site setting, and thus executed with the strategy of minimal environmental impact, minimal built footprint and with local cultural practices (religious and ceremonial processions) taken into consideration.
With an understanding that the beach is an important socio-economical aspect of the site, deliberate efforts were taken to consult and incorporate the customs and contributions of the local community within the conceptual design process. The construction methods adopted also creates training and jobs for the neighbouring villages. About 50% of the workers currently on site are recruited from the surrounding community.
The resort reflects on its privileged location by adopting the predominant use of locally sourced materials, together with a careful integration of indigenous motifs, forms and elements. The result, a harmonious balance between the clean, contemporary lines of the architecture and the soothing tones and textures of the internal and external finishes and finishing.
The design of the restaurant terrace and spa facilities incorporates terracotta screens; adapted and stylized from traditional Balinese motifs. These screens generate a marked visual contrast when combined with the dark terrazzo floors and feature walls clad in dark grey volcanic lava stones, such as Batu Candi and Batu Karangasem.
The villas are characterized by the interplay of materials which flow from the interior to exterior spaces. Smooth terrazzo walls and floors are combined with hand brushed natural timber screens, soft silk upholstery and custom designed dark stained timber furniture to form a serene internal space. The use of timber flows into the external spaces, where timber screens wrap a private bale overlooking a private plunge pool lined with Sukabumi stone. Paras Kelating, a light grey volcanic stone is applied to feature walls along the pool edge which combine with soft hues of beige and warm grey textured paint to complete the palette.
A mixture of Villa types were sensitively designed to respond to the local climatic conditions whilst maximizing views out to the surrounding beach, sea and paddy fields. Careful consideration is given to each villa plan and its built form and details to create a comfortable, energy efficient resort style living.
PASSIVE DESIGN ELEMENT
The climatic parameters particular to site, sun movement and prevailing wind direction, were established to assist in the formulation of the orientation of villas and common areas, and their planning concept.
The major building orientation is toward the North-South direction. Some are tilted a few degrees to the East to incorporate the morning sun. Openings were maximized on North-South face to encourage filtered natural light into the building whilst minimizing large openings on west side to reduce heat gain during daytime. Provision of overhanging roof eaves, roof screen systems and deep ledges were employed to reduce heat from direct sunlight.
Operable windows are provided on at least two sides of each room plan, and on each end of the villa to encourage effective cross ventilation and to bring in natural air to the interior spaces. Cross ventilation to all room interiors would provide natural cooling and sufficient fresh air intake in room to minimize CO2 level, thus reducing the reliance on Air Conditioning Systems.
In addition to the siting aspect and layout design of the villas, several design elements and materials were intentionally selected to control the buildings on a micro-climate level.
Provision of a 2nd layer of timer trellis on villa roof would minimize direct heat absorption to the roof itself; the actual roof incorporates additional insulation to further reduce heat gain internally. Material finishes are using “cool colors” in both the paint and stone selections to minimize the absorption of thermal energy, local materials selected naturally respond to the local climate, for e.g. Paras Kelating, Paras Kerobokan, Batu Chandi & Batu Kali for Feature Walls throughout the resort. Location of planters and position of low shrubs and taller trees would be placed to maximize wind flow through villa and common spaces, thus avoiding creation of wind barriers.
The exterior hardscape and softscape designs are intended to create a seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces, with the specific goal in preserving the natural topography. Built elements are planned to sit ‘lightly’ on the land. The selection of trees responds to both the local climate and the resort planning with tree types playing a key role in the creation of ‘shaded spaces’, private pavilions and communal areas.
Due to the relatively severe coastal conditions which exist during certain periods of the year, the landscape design also incorporates a variety of indigenous local plants and coastal ‘hardy’ species, for e.g. Ipomoea Pes-caprae, Scaevola Taccada, Cocos Nucifera & Cerbera Odollam. This selection identifies and responds to the need for less long term maintenance and reduced water requirements for irrigation.”
Photos by: Mario Wibowo
By Magaly • Aug 3, 2018
This boutique villa was designed in 2017 by the award-winning architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe (Studio Saxe) and with the help of collaborators Alejandro Gonzalez, Cesar Coto, and Laura Morelli. It is located in Costa Rica’s coolest surf town, Nalu Nosara.
The project is another in a long line of sustainable buildings that blend contemporary design with local craftsmanship, encompassing the natural surroundings that surround and frame the architecture. It consists of 3 wonderful private villas and a hip fitness studio, offering everything from yoga and dance to kickboxing classes.
This charming property has a privileged location as it is close to restaurants, shops, as well as beaches.
This family friendly villa is a private oasis with its own garden and saltwater pool. Interiors are bright and open, with chic, modern decor and smart hi-tech features. All spaces are open to the beautiful outdoor areas, allowing the fresh air to improve the experiences.
The slick, fully equipped kitchens come with everything you need to prepare lip-smacking smoothies, while the alfresco showers add a sweet, tropical feel to the spa-like bathrooms.
The architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe said: “Our project in Nalu represents the power of simple and discreet modern tropical architecture. It has quickly become a favorite of the city, which shows that there is a real desire for spaces that bring the people and nature together, all the while taking care of the necessities of contemporary life “.
By Magaly • May 3, 2018
This cabin undoubtedly has an interior that is marked by the rustic quality of the materials used – mostly wood in its rawest state, brick, and stone, a combination that always gives us as a result a warm and cozy atmosphere, as it almost automatically grants spaces a feeling of home and comfort.
It is located in Limone PIemonte, in Italy, and was designed by Luca Soave of the firm Interior Design JCC. The ceiling, which is built in waves that form arches, is completely made out of brick, giving the space a marked sense of character without making it too dark.
For me, and I am sure that for many other people, a rustic atmosphere is welcoming, as it brings a feeling of belonging to the place, and feeling like we can relax completely in them. Nevertheless, in its furniture we see a touch of a very current style. In the dining room, the chairs keep a modern touch that perfectly fits with the table of thick wood and creates a cozy space.
The kitchen, made completely out of wood, was equipped with modern appliances to provide all the imaginable comforts.
Stairs made of thick wood that form a single piece from beginning to end seem to float in the air. We find the same in the bedrooms, where contemporary beds with modern lamps in platinum metal illuminate the spaces without subtracting for a second the charm that the rustic details give them.
By Magaly • Apr 18, 2018
PV Cabin is a private residence located in Pinto, a town and commune in Ñuble Province, in the Biobío Region of Chile. It was designed by Lorena Troncoso Valencia in 2016, and covers a total ground area of merely 24 square meters.
The clients for this cabin are a young couple of climbers who love participating in rock sports, so they chose an area of Chile known for its mountain range landscape. The problem of the structure’s limited space was solved by building in a vertical manner, so that the space was expanded with a double height. In this way, all needs — sleeping, eating, cleaning, and some room for leisure — were covered.
The home is located in a small clearing at the end of a winding and wooded road, and is surrounded by lush trees and backed by a high wall of grey rock, and it is raised on wooden piles one and a half meters above the ground to avoid contact with the snow in the winter season. This privileged location ensures sun, ventilation, and plenty of natural light for the home.
The ground floor of the home holds the kitchen, dining room, and a working area; the bedroom sits upstairs.
By Magaly • Apr 4, 2018
This 1,500 square foot multipurpose barn project in Ancram, New York, USA, was completed in 2017 by the architecture firm Worrell Yeung Architecture, under the direction of its architecture professionals Max Worrell and Jejon Yeung.
The space is located on the side of a 30-acre property, with an existing traditional house and other structures. This modern barn adopts an unmistakably contemporary design approach, while incorporating elements of the Hudson Valley agrarian lifestyle. The general shape of the building is clean and simple, and its volume is a single and discreet structure of gable roof that sits on the hillside. The retaining walls create a playground between the barn and the house.
The barn has parking capacity for two cars, along with a garden area and a flexible and covered outdoor room. This space has large gates that strategically frame the views of the Berkshires Mountain. Inside, the prefabricated wooden scissor frame structure and the wooden frame are exposed.
The selection of materials everywhere was made to be durable and low-maintenance, given the climatic zone. The roof is made of black metal and the exterior is covered with hemlock wood with vertical black spots, while the interior is covered with the same natural wood.
This functional and modern apartment is located in a residential building that is 21 years old and is located in the central section of the city of Chongqing, China. The space, recently remodeled in 2018, has an area of 71 square meters. Jin Xue, from the interior design firm Xue Jin Architecture Network, was in charge of its design.
This construction, respectfully built on a mountain, is a typical local residence. For the past two decades, it was home to a couple and their only child. Now, it is owned by a young couple who, dissatisfied with the original design, lighting, and ventilation, decided to carry out the remodeling to create a more pleasant, comfortable, and functional space that could satisfy their needs.
For the reconstruction of the apartment, it was important to focus on the kitchen and the bathroom. The owner wanted to have a more luminous and spacious kitchen, to cook every day and enjoy the preparation of meals with friends. Whereas with the bathroom, the owner wanted to have a relatively independent bathroom with a bathtub.
It has two relatively private rooms, and a shared open space that, thanks to its flexibility, can serve various functions. The open space was designed to bring the occupants closer to each other while performing daily activities.
By Magaly • Apr 3, 2018
The architectural firm Laurynas Žakevičius Architects designed this fabulous house in 2014. The wonderful exterior is perfectly complemented by its interior, an exhibition of good taste and a perfect example of the capabilities of architects Laurynas Žakevičius, and Evelina Gumuliauskaitė.
The house, located in Vilnius, Lithuania, has an area of 275 square meters and is situated on a slope, which has been coupled to create a continuous space. The site is divided into two areas at different levels: an approach area and an inner courtyard for relaxation. The main entrance and technical facilities are one level lower than the main house area.
Access to the patio rises along the naturally sloping ramp below the house, directing visitors towards the back of the site. Inside the interior garden, the floor merges with the floor of the living room, dining room, and bedroom areas of the house.
You can go to the lawn directly from the bedroom. The concrete lining of the front elevation was selected to match with the retention of concrete walls. The remaining part of the house is covered with black stone tiles and natural wood.
The light and minimalist house style and the dark natural colors of the building merge harmoniously with nature and the surroundings.
By Magaly • Mar 29, 2018
This wonderful design fuses the desires of both parties: discrepant desires that obviously, at some point, crossed and managed to reach the perfect balance to please and meet the needs and expectations of both. This challenging task was under the direction of the architectural firm Modal Design, in 2016, who managed to create an environment full of warmth. Modern, and at the same time traditional, it is exposed to the open air and full of life in a space of 3263 square feet.
Two outdoor gardens were carved from the building’s mass, each programmed for individual activities and needs, such as eating, relaxing and dining, and responding to the path of the sun. A private patio near the street takes advantage of the morning sun and a grassy lawn for the owner’s dogs, while a more public patio in the back encompasses the afternoon sun and proximity to a covered patio for dining outdoors. This subsequent public space is shared between the upper and lower units and allows physical and visual interaction between landlords and their tenants.
Studio Course, an Indian architectural firm based in Pune, has completed this project, an exploration of the traditional structure of a home in Maharashtra, India, a so called Veranda on a Roof. It was added to the roof of a twelve storey building, and serves as a transitional space between a public and private area, or between a house and a street.
When Studio Course designed this veranda, they designed it as a space to keep the family in mind, and for it to serve as a special place to be added to a home and which would revolve around books, food, and plants. As such, it houses a library and a pantry, their spaces rich and warm, and the perfect mixture between rustic and elegant through the use of polished concrete and wooden surfaces, as well as thick wooden ceiling beams. Textiles serve to add touches of color through the space, giving it an extra hint of vibrancy.
One enters the space through a wooden staircase after leaving a living room below. This staircase was previously encased by walls which were torn down in order to open up the space and brighten it up. This has also eased the communication between the two spaces, allowing them to engage in a dialogue.
This house, occupying a space of roughly 360 square meteres, appears strong and rough on the exterior. However, its interior surprises us kindly with a set of wide, bright, and warming spaces. It is located in Sanfins, Portugal, and the design was made in 2017 by the architectural firm Pedro Henrique.
Located in a rural context, but close to the historical and central center of Santa Maria da Feira, the project is developed from the recovery of an existing stone house and the construction of a new concrete body. These two structures are interconnected by a wooden structure and wide openings, merging as one the interior and exterior.
The entrance of the house is the central and intermediate point of distribution that relates the two floors. The upper floor, dedicated to the private spaces of the home, we can see two areas of differing make: the first space, of concrete walls, consists of the children’s bedrooms and bathrooms, whilst the second space, of stone walls, consists of the parents’ bedrooms. Meanwhile, the lower floor is destined to all the social areas and bathrooms.
Inside, we are surprised by the materials with which it has been designed, we can observe a simple white color on the walls and floors, accompanied by a wooden ceiling. This creates a unique contrast full of elegance and warmth where simplicity is valued.
By Magaly • Mar 19, 2018
This fabulous house, the exterior of which is made mostly out of concrete and glass, has been designed by the architects Kate Fitzpatrick and Benjamin Stibbard, part of the team at the architectural firm Auhaus Architecture. The home is located in the city of Torquay, in Australia, and it covers a total ground area of 341 square meters. It was completed in 2015.
The material with which the design was made was dealt with in a very natural way, accepting both its inherent strengths and shortcomings. The control of innate imperfections to the material was abandoned, leaving the surfaces untreated. Paired with natural hardwood, the house is elementary and raw, but nonetheless warm and inviting. In short, it is the perfect home for a young family.The site is narrowly bounded on both sides by volume building houses.
The design itself is simple: a procession of spaces into which visitors enter from the street through a portal in the concrete wall. A small green courtyard is the starting point, an anteroom to the softer interior parts of the house. Upon entering, the house opens into a double-height gallery, with glass on one side to reveal the large central courtyard.
By Magaly • Mar 16, 2018
The GCP Wood Cabins Hotel was designed by the French architectural firm Atelier LAVIT, which is based in Paris, in 2017. The eco-hotel covers a total ground area of 300 square meters, and is perched on the shore of Lac de la Lionne, part of a fishing reserve in Sorgues, a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France.
The hotel is composed of ten suites, which are designed to resemble primitive reed buildings, floating on the water like rafts or stilt homes. The way the wooden structures are constructed, with vertical beams for walls, allows a degree of privacy that is matched by the protection they provide from the sun and the wind.
The landscape of the lake and the surrounding vineyards provided a challenge for Atelier LAVIT, and so they chose to allow nature to remain the protagonist of the project, creating architecture that would leave as little footprint as possible.
The project was largely built in a wood workshop, a process that took three months to complete, and later assembled on site. This facilitated the architectural firm’s attempt to affect the landscape as little as possible, as it reduced the local time and efforts of construction.
By Magaly • Mar 13, 2018
D’Entrecasteaux House is a private residence designed by the Hobart based architectural firm Room11 Architects in 2016. The home is located on Bruny Island, which is part of Kingborough Council, in Australia, and covers a total ground area of 220 square meters.
Bruny Island is characterized by its vast and beautiful landscape, surrounded as it is by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, which separates it from the Tasmanian mainland. A remote location, being only accessible by boat, Bruny Island is a traditional holiday destination for those who call Hobart home.
The clients are a professional couple who approached the architectural firm after purchasing the land with the intention of commissioning the construction of a permanent residence. They already had experience with the island’s climate, as their family members own adjacent properties, so that they were aware of the fact that the architecture had to reconcile their desires to have a home that was luminous and that enjoyed a good view with the need to be protected from offshore winds and glare from the water plane of the channel. Additionally, the remote nature of the home meant that it needed to be solid and contained in order to counter its isolating effect upon the human psyche.