Singer Yulia Chicherina may not be a household name outside of her native Russia, but I was interested to see photos of her country house. Located outside Moscow, the distinctive structure features two rows of triangular floor-to-ceiling windows, uniformly distributed on the faces and edges of the off-white cubic edifice.
The singer’s two-storey house has been designed as a cube with 24 triangular openings for mirror-glass windows and a glass entrance door. The Live House, an exceptional project by Yulia Chicherina and her architect husband, gives plenty of room for creativity and leisure. It was originally conceived as an art laboratory to give inspiration, to originate fresh ideas, and to create new songs. Now Yulia Chicherina’s Live House is not just a creative laboratory, but a countryside house for back-to-nature recreation far from the urban hustle, noise and stress.
Roughly one-third of the walls are windows (each of which weighs in at 150kg), but the original design included a single exception: an iron door. Frustrated that it didn’t match the windows, Chicherina turned to UK-based building materials company Deceuninck—”the world leader in the sphere of production of PVC systems for the construction industry”—who developed a custom glass vestibule to match the windows. “The square-shaped entrance door in the triangular doorway opening is made of shockproof hardened glass and enclosed by a reinforced-plastic transparent prism.
The “Live House,” as it is known, is certainly a striking silhouette against a bucolic backdrop for what looks like as far as the eye can see, but it’s certainly lives up to its purpose as a remote private residence. So too is it expressly designed to withstand its environment:
Its design takes full account of all particulars of the Russian climate, including frost, short but extremely strong heat, temperatures going through the zero point back and forth, as well as intensity of the use of profile systems and high aesthetic requirements of consumers with regard to windows’ and doors’ exterior…
The house is built like a Lego set: it is made of huge heat retaining blocks that we assembled on our own very quickly. Triangular windows as high as the walls themselves are made of Deceuninck profiles. These are the widest profiles we could find, and they retain heat best. As a result, the house is very warm. We came here several times this winter when the frost was the hardest. After the fireplace heated the house, it remained warm for yet a couple of days.
With travel restrictions now easing in the once-isolated country of Myanmar (aka Burma), filmmaker Jacob Schwarz shot some stunning ultra high definition video of the country during a recent visit. Be sure to watch the video in its original resolution. We previously wrote about Schwarz’s ultra HD video of ink drops splashing.
Entitled La Mise en Abîme, the mesmerising installation comprises two large, extremely precise and impeccably finished receptacles in which vast quantities of used oil are contained. Shaped like giant puddles, the sculptures with their shiny, and lacquer surfaces (thanks to the expressive properties of oil) reflect the surrounding, allowing the viewers to interact with the architecture of the church by being pulled into the reflection so that they, in turn, become part of the sculpture itself. The installation not only dispenses multiple visual thrills and mysteries but also offers a moment where sculpture creates another reading of space.
Working in a scale simultaneously monumental and intimate, these sculptures continue CRELIER‘s career-long exploration of the space through conceptual engagement with buildings as well as his experimentation with light and dark, form and void, inside and outside, surface and depth, abstraction and figuration, reflection and absorption.
And good news: this exhibition is currently on view the Abbey-church of Bellelay, Switzerland and is running through September 16, 2013
The house is inspired on the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory, built in Delhi in 1724.
Stefano Boeri from Abitare interviewed Gabriel Orozco about this project, where you can read more about his vision.
More photos of the house with one of the best pools I have ever seen, after the break.
The house-observatory in Roca Blanca by the artist Gabriel Orozco, designed in collaboration with the architect Tatiana Bilbao, who is also Mexican, blends a principle of settlement camouflaged into the landscape with a location aware device.
The house, set into a rocky promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a 1:1 replica of oneo f thest ructures that forms theJant ar Mantar astronomical observatory, built in Delhi in 1724, which the artist visited in 1996.
Going back to a theme particularly relevant to other famous solitary camouflaged residences set into rocky panoramic high ground, starting from the promontory-house Malaparte by Adalberto Libera in Capri, next there is the house-bunker designed mother Cini Boeri in La Maddalena, the house-observatory in Roca Blanca which is madeup of an exchangeo f glances: from thel andscapeand towards thel andscape.
The genetic code of the original observatory which inspired Orozco is conserved and translated into the idea that a home continues to be operational just as a visual device within its natural environment.
In fact, the convex section of the panoramic outdoor swimming pool determines a circulation of waves at its edges and all the views are always facing outwards.
The presence of water in thec entreof the house, resting on thefloor and in connection with the sky reveals a kind of mystic paradigm of the observatory’s spatial concept. At night, in the centre of this sphere one can feel the temperature of the water and perceive, in a certain position, the force of gravity. When darkness is all around, one feels as if one is floating in space.
The total absence of any kind of stylistic obsession whatsoever makes the action of this visual architectural device even stronger and more convincing.
Concept: Gabriel Orozco
Design: Tatiana Bilbao with Gabriel Orozco & Carlos Leguizamo.
Structure: Jesús del Castillo, Ramiro González Dávila.
Local Contractor: David Jiménez
The Holy Monastery of Simonos Petra, or more simply Simonopetra, is without doubt the most daring construction on the Holy Mountain. It stands proudly at a height of 330 metres on the end of a rocky mountain range. Leer Más…
A Rustic Farmhouse in Wales
Above: A view of the 200-year-old farmhouse with sheep freely grazing on the mountain slopes. The previous owners, architects Hackett Holland, had renovated the house using traditional building techniques and materials.
Above: Cotton lined and interlined curtains keep the cold at bay. Brightly knitted Alpaca Pie toys sit on an old crate box which doubles up as a shelf and extra hanging space for a Peruvian-inspired Alpaca Pieembroidered calico dress.
Above L. The children’s bedroom in the converted hayloft adds a burst of vivid color, with appliquéd Alpaca Pie cushions and a brightly colored woven Peruvian rug. Above R: The candle-lit ensuite bathroom is clad in tongue and groove panels. The hot water is heated by the Aga and wood burning stove.
Above L: Exposed wood beams line the ceiling in the kitchen. A wooden plate rack made by local craftsman Ian Willis is within easy reach of the butler sink. Above R: “We picked up the Welsh dresser at a local antiques shop; the side cupboards are still lined with charming old wallpaper,” Holland says.
Above: Holland designed the pitted iron four poster bed and commissioned a local blacksmith to make it. A headboard has been fashioned out of a length of coarsely woven linen draped over the head end of the bed.
Above: “Lit by candles and a temperamental antique paraffin lamp, the kitchen is heart of the house, with an Aga cooking up heat and treats such as hearty stews and homemade scones,” Holland says. “The kitchen table is where everyone congregates after a long walks and cycle rides.” The farm house table and chairs were purchased from auction houses and the curtains are from Aleta, custom printed on heavy linen with original mogal fern designs.
Above: The large ingle nook fireplace houses an original bread oven. The sofa has been covered in a plum-colored linen fabric from Romo and draped with impala skins. The worn antique carpets were sourced by Joshua Lumley.
Above: A portrait of a young girl hangs above an old Welsh grain chest inherited by the family. A milk urn displays foxgloves, oak leaves, ferns, and wild daisies, while an old oil can has been converted into one of the few low-wattage lamps in the house.
Above: “The flagstone hall way is typically brimming with wellies and footballs,” Holland says. “Sun hats and raincoats are always ready for the varied weather conditions North Wales throws at you.”
The apartment, a 240-square-foot shoebox with a sleeping loft over the kitchen. Brooklyn architect Tim Seggerman, who renovated this Upper West Side brownstone studio into what it is today. His solution was to insert what he calls a “crafted jewel box” into the undersize space, creating an enveloping cabin of blond woods. “It’s basically a piece of woodwork,” says Seggerman. “I’m very proud of that.” There are cabinets of cypress and bamboo; a gently chamfered ash-and-beech staircase; flooring of quartered white oak; a desk of red birch slats that slips out into the living space… And A nook creates a cubby-like library to crawl into. More photos after more.
Ever since London’s Battersea Power Station closed in 1983, developers and preservationists have tried and failed to find a new use for the iconic art deco structure. French architecture firm Atelier Zündel Cristea recently came up with a novel proposal for the station: a museum complex complete with roller coaster. The proposal earned 1st place in adesign competition hosted by ArchTriumph. It’s unlikely that the power station will ever be home to a roller coaster—the station’s latest owners plan to build residential units in the station complex.
Italian design studio Santambrogiomilano created this stunning concept for a house that, save for its ground floor, is made entirely of glass. Built of inch thick ultra clear tempered glass, the house is designed to immerse the inhabitants in their surroundings. Variants exist for a variety of natural environments, from woodlands to coasts. The house also serves as a showcase for Santambrogiomilano’s Simplicity line of glass home furnishings.
The japanese architecture studio ‘On Design’ completed this brand new vacation home in the picturesque town of Karuizawa. ‘Rooms that follow the landscape’ is a series of rooms that are situated to capure different moments of the day and night. Everything litterally follows the landscape. You wake up in the room where the sun light comes in the morning and take a nap and read a book at a warm place full of sun light. Activities lap over with the scenery under the time line of magnificent nature. It makes you excited about the season of new green leaves and the snow scene. ‘On Design’ reconsidered a new way of creating rooms resetting the values of a conventional room. And as summer is coming to an end, Leer Más…