Named after the Latin word for ” free time” – Otio – this residence was built for a catholic priest. At first glance, the stone wall and saddle roof look simple and graceful, but a walk around the property reveals an atrium shaped out of the stone wall and leading to the interiors through a glazed wall. Here, built-in furniture, alongside Verner Panton chairs and an Eames Lounge Chair rest on stone floors and contrast with the white walls. With a budget of 150,000 Euro, Sebastian Nagy Architects constructed the home in Dražovce, Nitra, Slovakia as a single person residence spreading over 1,400 square feet. The entrance is guarded by a cross just above the entrance, while the inside allows a clear view of the nearby Roman Catholic church of Francis Xavier. Adapted to suit a modern lifestyle and constructed in the parish garden, the Otio Residence displays its functional design in a successful attempt of becoming a link between the past and the present.
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.
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