Keeping it Cool White.

During this beautiful weather there is one thing that really stands out, the colour White. This week we have a collection of some very cool white buildings. Some are iconic and others lesser known, but all have one thing in common, they are unapologetically white. Let us know which are your favourites.

National Museum in Brasilia by Oscar Niemeyer. 

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The idea behind Brasilia was to build a modern capital in the middle of a savanna in just a few years.

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It is an experiment in egalitarianism that would also shift power toward the center of the vast country.

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Oscar Niemeyer’s soaring architecture has become iconic; the uniform residential apartment blocks, and the cosmic shapes was design to symbolize the Latin American giant’s take-off. Pretty futuristic considering it was finished in 1958.

 

Hoto Fudo by Takeshi Hosaka Architects.

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Located at the base of Mount Fuji, the building was designed to take on the form of mountains and clouds. Its soft geometry and undulations ward off rain water.

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The building is open to the air during most of the year, the doors are only closed during strong winds and the coldest season.

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The shell, made from reinforced concrete with urethane insulation ensures that the internal temperature remains stable.

 

Microcity Sales Office by Mossine Partners.

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This incredible building is in fact a temporary structure situated outside of Moscow. The building resembles an inflatable igloo or something from sci-fi.

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The outer shell is made out of PVC which sits on top of riveted balloon forms. The white interior houses an exhibition space, sales area, relaxing lounge and children’s playroom.

 

House-T by Tsukano Architect Office.

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The entrance slit is the only feature to this pure Japanese cube. The ground floor of the house is set approximately one meter below the ground and contains the dining room.

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The Dining room has large windows that open into a concealed courtyard which spans the width of the building and overlooks every room inside.

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The house was designed with almost identical layouts on the ground and the first floor. The materiality of the building consists of a mix of exposed concrete, timber panels and white plaster.

 

Hewlett House by MPR Design Group.

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These two sculptural concrete forms combine to become a beautiful home, which is both orientated towards the road and the views.

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The upper form contains the living spaces, which is carved out of the form to allow winter sunlight to penetrate into the space as well as opening up the view. The building uses passive ventilation, by drawing breezes through the house.

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The middle floor contains the bedrooms, and the lower level acts to connect the internal and external spaces. The style of the house emphasises ‘form’ and brings the attention to the sun and the play of light.

 

Reykjavik House by Moomoo Architects.

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This house utilises a minimalistic form with plain white walls and wide glazing.

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The views are captured through the two fully glazed elevations, however the two solid walls that face neighbours maintain privacy.

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The main idea for the project was terrace wall that is pulled from the house and blends into the landscape.

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During the summer the two glazed elevations slide open and fold to create and extended living area onto the terrace.

 

Information sourced from:

http://www.niemeyer.org.br
http://www.hosakatakeshi.com/japanese/works-projects/hoto.html
http://www.archdaily.com/127679/hoto-fudo-takeshi-hosaka-architects/
http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/microcity-sales-office
http://mossinepartners.com/projects.php
http://tsukano.jp
http://www.mhndu.com/projects/houses/hewlett-street
http://moomoo.pl/projects.php?cat=26&lang=1