Overlooking Lake Vichuquén, in Maule Region, Chile, RP House by CMA Arquitectos was developed longitudinally, in order to capture various perspectives of the landscape. According to the architects, its main volume is defined as a large pavilion, “a body that rests quietly on the territory, mimicking the slope and vegetation. All the stillness of this body is eroded on its roof, which folds into different prisms which capture the overhead light and views of the treetops, bringing inside the spatial perception of living in a forest.” A corridor terrace runs along the length of the dwelling, offering opportunities for quality family moments outdoors.
A rustic vibe is exuded by the interiors, which seem to play with light and visual perspectives: “Internally, each space builds its own atmosphere, in a wooden enclosure that traverses floors, walls and roof, until getting lost in the ceiling. A concrete structure intersects the wooden pavilion in the rear, as a longitudinal volume with opaque walls and voids that contain within them all the wet program of the house: bathrooms and kitchen, where each enclosure opens to a light courtyard contained within its walls.” Any thoughts on this unconventional home design in Chile? [Photos by: Sebastian Aedo / Estudio Apulso]
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
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