Exterior. Tuesday , August 29th , 2017 - 09:06:02 AM
A beach house isn’t really complete without floor-to-ceiling windows or some other design strategy meant to connect it to the views. This house designed by Martin Gomez Arquitectos is a very good reflection of this idea. It’s located in Punta del Este, in Uruguay. In order to be able to frame these beautiful views, studio Element Arkitekter AS designed this house in Rogaland, Norway with a rather odd-looking top floor that’s partially cantilevers and resembles a periscope. Up here, a glazed wall overlooks the water and the land in the distance.
The street facade is covered in fireproof timber and has a very understated and simple look. There’s a small private courtyard in front, sort of like a buffer zone between the internal spaces and the street. The wood on the facade is stained and has a rich finish which contrasts with the galvanized steel elements. The North facade, the one facing the river, has a totally different structure. This is an all glass facade which doesn’t exactly give much privacy but, at the same time, exposes the internal spaces to the expansive views. The glass also contributes to an overall look that’s robust on one hand but also open and airy on the other hand. Such contrasts are actually quite common with this project.
This residence in Big Sur, California doesn’t only have glass walls but also a glass ceiling. Even though it;s not entirely designed this way, these elements give it a lot of character. The house was designed by Fougeron Architecture and is composed of two rectangular boxes linked by a library entirely wrapped in glass. It’s always interesting to see how each architect deals with their clients’ requests and how it all starts to take shape little by little. Gogl Architekten designed in 2012 a house in Kitzbühel. The client wanted it to include an open room filled with light and with a connection to the garden and views of the mountains for the rest of the spaces. This is the result.
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