DOMO Arquitetos completed this year, the Linhares Dias House, in populous city of Brasilia. Overlooking the Paranoa Lake, this neat contemporary home is a wonderful relaxing shelter, that offers some of the most amazing views, as the sun gets swallowed by the lake’s crystal clear waters. The rooms are compartmented, yet the environment feels uncluttered. Exuding transparence, the rectangular-shaped home replaces some of the walling with floor-to-ceiling windows. Envisioned as an open plan living environment, the ground floor, which accommodates the kitchen, a dinning room and a lounge-living room area has direct access to the courtyard. There are no doors and no walls, only an open corridor connecting the space between them.
“The internal spaces are distributed in different positions, either advanced or retreated, alternated with empty spaces that give depth and texture to its volumetric composition. To reinforce the unifying condition of the roof we have clad it internally with natural wood, which is visible from almost all the internal spaces.” The second floor accommodates the bedrooms. Despite the fact that the house looks and feels so contemporary, the stylish interior of the dwelling is warm and welcoming.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests