It has long been the aim of architects to connect a building to its landscape, either through the materials used or physically opening the structure to the surroundings. We’ve selected these projects to show how technology now allows us to open whole elevations of a building, thus blurring the line between what is inside and what is outside.
Barak House, Israel by Pitsou Kedem Architects.
This incredible private residence is a three storey building in Ramat HaSharon.
The first and second floors culminate in a double height space overlooking the swimming pool.
It is this area that contains the floor to ceiling glazing which retracts back to give a fully open façade. This double height space contains the kitchen and living room, which is enveloped with light from the amount of glazing.
55 Blaire Road, Singapore by ONG&ONG.
This contemporary interior and extension to a terraced house shows how interior and exterior spaces can merge. The design introduces light into the previously dark living spaces through the use of an internal courtyard and retractable glazed walls.
With both sides open the living and kitchen spaces are connected by large platforms cantilevered over the pool.
Casa Cubo, Sao Paulo by Studio MK27.
Brazilian architects Studio MK27 have created this amazing chunky concrete home which floats above the ground floor living areas.
The massive volume sits above an open living area that can be enclosed through perforated metal screens that slide back and forth over the elevation.
These metal screen are used on the floors above where the punctured concrete box reveals large windows, the screen can then be pulled across to provide privacy.
Higharcres, England by Duncan Foster Architects.
This extension was built onto the Arts and Crafts style house in Oxford to house a new living and dining room. The whole extension is clad with black zinc and black timber cladding as a reference to the local agricultural buildings, which are traditionally black clad.
The building is nestled in woodland, and the new laminated beam allows for uninterrupted views. It is this clever bit of engineering that also allows for the corners to be unsupported and therefore allow for the openable corner of the building.
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