The Atlas House is situated on the edge of the city of Eindhoven, opposite a historic rural estate. The compact square building manifests itself as a tower. It is rotated 45 degrees relative to the street and is detached from the boundaries of the plot. All windows are grouped around the corners and at times allow for diagonal views through the volume. Internally, the rotation provides striking vistas along the edges of the forest. The depth of the façade openings reveals that the size and colour of the bricks is the same both inside and outside. These define the character of the raw and restrained interior. The external facades offer no clues about the playful offsets of the internal spaces. The interior reveals a collection of rooms of various heights and floor levels, each giving their respective window openings specific characteristics.
The project involves the Belgian artist Stief Desmet’s painting and sculpting studio. On the street side you will find the family home, flanked on the left by a narrow brick garage. On the right side there is a lower studio and studio that no longer meets the expectations of the artist who creates ever larger sculptures.
This project sensitively inserts new architecture into a former industrial warehouse building, located in the inner west of Sydney, for a new 80-place childcare centre.
The new interior architecture incorporates pop-up clerestory windows allowing sunshine to penetrate deep into the playrooms. The use of primary shapes and platonic forms in the building elements give opportunities for imagination and education. In collaboration with the landscape architect we integrated a series of naturally non-uniform and adventurous elevated spaces amongst prerequisite soft-fall surrounds. These provide stimulating play areas to challenge balance and promote risk evaluation that are fundamental for early childhood development.
The renovation of this house, located in a building from the 30s of the twentieth century, is divided into two basic strategies: the recovery of the original hexagonal hydraulic mosaic flooring, rich in geometric drawings andcolors; and the arrangement of a two-bedroom house where light and economy of resources were the determinant factors for its development.
The city demand, more and more, non programmed spaces. Places to satisfy needs of their inhabitants. Contingent spaces and affectives able to foster social and work relationships. A freelance photographer wants to participate in this open space making the most of it as an improvised photo studio, coworking, venue for different events, showroom, workshop… But that has the capacity to do these varied programs simultaneously.
A project for the renovation of ground floor premises with the minimum possible input of resources, and with very specific and exacting functional requirements, given the programme it hosts, a social services centre.
A large platform runs along the apartment in its lowest part and provides access to the view. From the rooftops, there is a contrast of two architectural stories: the bell tower of the Saint Paul church of Ravez street built in 17th century blond stone faces the roof of the Palais des Sport, a recently renovated glass and concrete work from the brutalist movement of the 60s. The platform, as spine, offers deep storage and allows the embedding of the sofa and the bed of the room.
The project consist in a refurbishment of an apartment, adapting it to the needs of the new inhabitants, a couple with a child.
The structural configuration of the house defines two halves: a very regular one and a good orientation, in which the living room and bedrooms are located (street strip), and another very irregular part, with little natural light and very compartmentalized, in which the services are concentrated (inner strip).
The movement can be experienced in different ways, according to the architect Bernard Tschumi: “… it is violent, since any type of use means the intrusion of a human body in a given space, the intrusion of one order into another”.
It is an installation that celebrates the act of walking, reinforcing the directionality of the flow with a virtual tunnel of multicolored arcs. The flags, besides being a playful element, contribute to give a human scale to the composition.
The issue here is the construction of a pavilion on a roof terrace to complement the uses of a small apartment. A second living room and a studio bedroom.
The pavilion is placed transversely on the terrace, of elongated proportions, and segments it, thus generating a sequence of interior and exterior spaces that redefine the way the dwelling is lived. The alignment of the openings generates a direct visual relation between spaces.