Arnon Nir Architecture sent us photos and information about The LAM House, a highly modern residence completed in Israel. The lot is located in a rustic community in the Galilee, overlooking the Hahula Valley, and with a view to the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon. It is located on a hillside some 700 meters above sea level. The site contained mature trees that characterize the area and natural grooves sloping down to the valley. The choice of design was to build a single level house with a low shadow that would not stick out from the street and be assimilated in the landscape, so not to attract special attention in relation to the existing construction in the community.
The house is built in the shape of a straight angle “Z”. The length of the central rib is divided between the public hospitality area facing east to the valley with maximum openness and affinity to the outside, and between the family area containing the kitchen and family corner facing the front garden. The central rib connects the two sleeping wings – one includes the master bedroom and guest room, and the other the children bedrooms in the center of which is a common public space serving as a private living room. At the bottom of the lot towards the landscape, a studio was designed in addition to the main house to serve as a separate residential unit. The roof of the studio is linked by bridge to the garden of the house and serves as a terrace that open to the landscape for accommodation and stay. [Information via Arnon Nir Architecture, Photos by Amit Geron]
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