Proof that modern residences can be both imposing and comfortable, the Black & Red Residence rises in Jose Ignacio, Punta del este, Uruguay. Its 340 square meters of bold interior spaces were designed to make the life of a family with kids of different ages easy, comfortable and inspiring. The residential project, completed by Martin Gomez Arquitectos in 2009, shows that the architects customized the residence according to the needs of each family member and the result was a three independent volume structure connected by a concrete galleria leading to the backside wooden deck and swimming pool.
The fantastic villa features interiors adorned with dark wooden ceilings that continue on the outside, where round skylights allow the sunshine to pierce through. Two concrete fireplaces in the connecting galleria ensure family and friends can cook or relax in front of the fire. This common semi-outdoor space gathers the family together, while the other spaces keep them relaxed, rested and entertained – master bedroom and bath, living room, kitchen, kids bedrooms with baths and the playroom. During summer, natural light plays with the black and red wood and contrasting concrete, flooding the spaces with light and shadow and making the interiors display different faces during the day. If you are interested in finding more about the architect’s work, the book “Martin Gomez: Punta del Este. Beach Houses” is available to pre-order from here and here.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic