“Play with the light” – this could be a wonderful slogan for Casa Natalia, the residential project developed by Agraz Arquitectos in Guadalajara, Mexico. Imagine how the world of design would look like if each house had a slogan, in the first place. By exploring (just) a little bit the field of branding, we see how slogans (and mottos) can influence our decision when it comes to purchasing products based on the level of respect and attraction towards the brand. Now, applying the same principle, could a house with a slogan influence our thinking and convince us that a certain house is worth buying? We don’t know yet about this, but what we know for certain is that the way you present a house, can.
Casa Natalia is charming and warm. It allows the light to sneak inside in a very playful way thanks to the panels installed on the windows. The horizontal cut outs create an interesting atmosphere, especially during the evenings, when the moon scatters its shy rays. The house spreads on three levels. “The vertical circulations that join all stories are contained in this added limb and where coated, in and outside, by metal and wood shutters designed by the artist Adrian Guerrero. These control light and privacy and allow a poetic dialogue between glass and steel.” Modern, elegant and airy, Casa Natalia is a welcoming family house that boasts quirky details, in order to create the perfect living space.
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