Do you remember that game as children: eyes closed, pen in hand with the aim of drawing a house in a single stroke, two walls and a sloping roof with or without chimney? Maybe it is with this artwork that our houses have always taken on this form, in some sort of monopoly of style. It is unclear why, but we all have the same idea in our heads of how a house should look.
Although the archetype remains the same, the concept of the home has changed. Homes with flat roofs or vegetation and construction that defies gravity are some of what we see being built today. These are homes that fit the contemporary lifestyle we now live, incorporating technological progress, or involving the research an entire team of engineers and builders. Below, we present four examples of domestic architecture that break conventional moulds.
Joined to their existing home, Anna & Eugeni Bach built this studio apartment on a narrow plot under one constraint: a low cost. The budget influenced the construction decisions, so as a result, it was decided to work with traditional indigenous solutions: load-bearing walls, painted plaster finishes and floors of hollow aluminum in standard sizes.
The 90 m² building is divided into two areas: an open space, connected to the outside through a light cane canopy for private use, which includes two bedrooms and a bathroom.
A very sustainable and environmentally conscious home is on show above, embodying the most important principles of passive design. To combat the intake of sunshine during the summer months, a vented cover is built by a large cover of corrugated steel which rises over the framework. This is to ensure that a ventilated air space is created, that will in turn, keep the space cool. Moreover, the sloping roof enables the collection of rainwater in an outdoor tank where the water is stored to be used in the irrigation of a small garden next to the house.
Situated on a small plot, MIAS Architects have built this house on a steep terrain. Thus, the house unfolds and embraces the topography. These elements are composed by aggregates: different volumes are excavated or supported giving back to the landscape or opening to it, depending on usage. The house is organised radially: a large central volume welcomes shared spaces. Next to this, and following the lines of the land, the other spaces conquering the remainer of the plot.
In the city of Kronachr, [LU: P] Architektur GmbH has built this property named
Wohnhaus W. On a closed plot, a coated wood volume defies gravity and appearances. The upper volume is protected from prying eyes, protecting their terraces with horizontal slats.
The first floor crosses the narrow dimension of the plot and encloses two private patios. Another area, perpendicular to the previous, opens to the outer space with two large glass enclosures. Living room, dining room and kitchen are surrounded by greenery and natural light The decks and roof are built green and as a garden; you understand them as part of the landscape.
Leaving conventional architecture behind, KWK Promes has created a project that is a complex technical solution of a home example. The clients were adamant about security, and therefore, this home is built as a strong and solid prism-like shape. However, it contains movable walls that open to the outside. At the discretion of the owners, they can open the inside space up to the garden, create private patio access or completely shut the world out overnight.
A true example of inside outside architecture, as all elements of the house have the ability to be moved. The large glass wall to South is made up from sliding doors and opens up the facade to the outside space. The interior, on the same grain, consists of open and fluid spaces letting the occupants feel free and unrestricted.