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The spaces that designers style on their own are testimonies to their individual style. It's the one situation where the architect is their own customer, free to make their own decisions-- resulting in houses that are experimental, beautiful, and above all, utterly distinct. In a brand-new book called Architects' Houses, the Los Angeles-based architecture and design writer Michael Webb explores some of the most stunning main and secondary houses that living architects have actually designed for themselves. From South Africa and Spain to upstate New York, the houses in the book are scattered all over the world however reflect extreme imagination and connection with place. But while the homes are all singular, Webb points out numerous similarities between them all. "Inspiration originates from art, nature, or other architects," he composes in the book's intro. "There's an emphasis on the elemental: mass, void, and openness; raw surfaces perked up by the play of light and shade. There's a complimentary flow of space within, and an openness to outdoors, even in cold, wet locations." Here are 5 of the most spectacular examples of how architects equate their history, design, and spatial intelligence into their own homes. Hemeroscopium, Madrid (Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa) (c) Roland Halbe [Image: courtesy Princeton Architectural Press] 2 SPANISH ARCHITECTS' OPEN AIR EXPERIMENT Husband-and-wife designers Antón Gargía-Abril and Débora Mesa split their time in between Madrid and Boston, where they teach at MIT. Your house they developed on their own in Madrid, called the Hemeroscopium, is a testimony to their approach of utilizing prefabrication to develop budget friendly housing that's likewise striking to look at. Built on top of a former tennis court, the Hemeroscopium is constructed of huge concrete beams that the duo gotten from a factory that makes such structural members for civil jobs. Your home itself is a balancing act: it took the designers' internal engineer at their firm Ensamble Studio a year to finish the computations, however the underlying structure was assembled in just seven days. " It began as a research job-- a chance to recognize an experiment that remained in our heads," Mesa states in the book. "We wished to explore the logistics of creating a structure in which beams would be stacked asymmetrically to accomplish a balance." Swartberg house, Prince Albert, South Africa (Jennifer Benningfield). Easy blocks of brick dealt with in rough plaster play off the appeal of the landscape. A LONDON-BASED SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHITECT GOES HOME Architect Jennifer Beningfield is originally from South Africa, however she invests many of her time in London running her firm Openstudio Architects. Beningfield is accustomed to working within extreme restrictions since of the expenditure of London genuine estate. When she and her partner purchased a home in her native nation, Beningfield was able to develop precisely what she wanted-- while fulfilling her creative vision. Her checklist for the home goes from practical functions to a much deeper vision of architectural space: "a tower, a star-gazing balcony; a long pool in a garden; a cathedral space; ambiguity of inside and out; enjoyable is very important; weird scale; not a things." The last house is a boxy addition to the landscape that blends in despite its modern shape. The interiors are mainly neutral colors and the whole home was constructed utilizing regional products, with brick walls that are completed with lime-washed plaster and concrete beams. The thick walls and windows of varying sizes and heights help control heating and cooling in the desert's severe temperatures. Tower home, Ulster County, New York State (Peter and Thomas Gluck). Living areas are cantilevered from a stack of three bedrooms to command sweeping views over the treetops. A FATHER AND SON TEAM REINVENT THE FOREST CABIN-- WITH A CANTILEVER The Tower House survives on the edge of Catskill State Park in New York State. Developed by Peter Gluck and his boy Thomas, who both work for the architecture and building firm Gluck+, the home is suggested for visitors. It has actually small bed rooms stacked on top of each other in a main tower, with a long living area on top that provides scenic views of the forest. It was likewise developed as an experiment with materials and structure: the guts of the house are made of both steel and wood; the big cantilevered living area is supported with 2 V-shaped columns; the stack of bed rooms in the house's core are the only parts of the house that need to be heated up when it's empty, which conserves energy. While very few people would believe to site such a tall home in the middle of the forest, the design manages to fade into the backdrop. The glass surfaces, far from feeling industrial, show the forest rather. Rental Property Roces, Bruges, Belgium (Benny Govaert). A sheer glass facade opens onto a tree-shaded garden and bathes the interior in natural light. A Minimalist's Dream Bruges-based architect Benny Govaert is a minimalist-- his houses and house structures are blocky, simple testimonies to Richard Neutra and Mies van der Rohe, who he counts amongst his heroes. When it came time to develop his own home, Govaert and his spouse naturally chose on pureness and simplicity. " It had to be a horizontal block to play off the verticality of the trees, orienting to deal with the forest and away from surrounding houses," Govaert states in the book. "I desired a repetitive, commercial structure, which translated into a glass pavilion set versus a boundary wall to pull in a lot of natural light but provide ourselves personal privacy." Simply put, Villa Roces is a minimalist's dream. Baan Naam, Venice, California (Kulapat Yantrasast). A Thai-born architect mastered the art of concrete building and construction and put it to great use on the rear wall of his own house. [Image: Iwan Baan/courtesy Princeton Architectural Press] A VENICE, CA HOUSE THAT ECHOES ITS ARCHITECT'S CHILDHOOD MEMORIES IN THAILAND Architect Kulapat Yantrasast grew up in Thailand, where traditional homes made of linked platforms are raised in the air as defense versus floods and wildlife. The house he designed for himself in Venice, California, imitates this structure, with an open ground flooring that looks out onto a pool. The rest of the concrete home is constructed on top of narrow columns, with great deals of terraces and windows In a brand-new book called Architects' Houses, the Los Angeles-based architecture and style writer Michael Webb checks out some of the most lovely main and secondary houses that living architects have created for themselves. It was likewise built as an experiment with materials and structure: the guts of the home are made of both steel and wood; the big cantilevered living space is supported with 2 V-shaped columns; the stack of bed rooms in the house's core are the only parts of the home that need to be heated when it's empty, which conserves energy. Bruges-based architect Benny Govaert is a minimalist-- his houses and home buildings are blocky, basic testaments to Richard Neutra and Mies van der Rohe, who he counts among his heroes. A Thai-born architect mastered the art of concrete building and put it to good use on the rear wall of his own home. Designer Kulapat Yantrasast grew up in Thailand, where standard houses made of connected platforms are raised above the ground as protection versus floods and wildlife.
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