Posted: 01 Dec 2012 07:09 AM PST
The plot is located in the middle of a Santo Estevao, being the best views to the north with a lake and the skyline punctuated by cork oak trees. The house is organized in a compact volume of two floors, complemented by three courtyards all different in size and features. A first large courtyard, enclosed, intimate, situates on the south side, embracing a big existing cork oak. Next to the back entrance there is another smaller patio, for service. The third courtyard works as a key element in the relationship between home and the north side of a slim space with a large horizontal opening that frames the landscape. it has an atmosphere of a “inner space outdoors, the light is soft, by reflection on the outer wall that receives direct sunlight. This vertical courtyard communicates with a staircase that leads to an open terrace, the last element of the sequence of spaces, patios and atmospheres that go from more introspective and private to more open and outside.
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THREE COURTYARDS HOUSE
Architecture: Miguel Marcelino
+ All images courtesy FG+SG | Fernando Guerra
Posted: 01 Dec 2012 05:49 AM PST
The site is located at the very end of Keelung's harbor master plan, where the mountain meets the sea. Keelung is a gateway that through its history, climate and the customs of its inhabitants, is predestined to make use of its exterior space. For this reason, we decided instead of planning the building as an independent object within an open space, we would propose buildings that will generate and structure this open space. The design frames the harbor and the water beyond with an asymmetrical tower defining the northern perimeter of the facility, connected to the terminal by plazas at the ground and concourse levels. The project form, together with the lighting, aims to provide a dramatic entry experience to Taiwan from both the sea and the city of Keelung.
The new harbor project is only one piece in a larger green network that links public open space with waterfront amenities throughout the city. The design of the Keelung Harbor Terminal interposes this by providing continuous open space at the water's edge. Terminal Halls emerge like prisms through the building's green roof generating a condition that is both building and landscape. In this way, new urban developments and public spaces can grow without displacing natural recreational land. By maintaining this continuity of the network, the waterfront and the port terminal development will be within easy reach of many residents in the central city.
The structure of the buildings rub against each other like continental shelves making it possible for the complex of public, transit and industrial activities to coexist. This is one architectural element: a permeable, open architecture of maximum efficiency encompassing the tower, terminal and cargo storage. Parallel to the harbor, transit is organized by one large band. Split arrival and departure bands organize traffic to and from the ships with maximum efficiency; while separate tower and cargo access ensure utilitarian viability.
Its chosen theme, A Mixing Chamber, reflects Taiwan's contemporary ambition: its different cultures – the users of the terminal – embarking on a unified future. A collection of prisms crown the terminal's Departure, Domestic and International Halls with luminous, vaulted spaces. Cutting diagionally through the terminal platform, multiple relations between the concourse level and other levels of the building are established, while always permitting new angles of vision and a changing play of light. Derived from the interstial space between the Domestic and International Halls, a second architectural element, the Marine Plaza projects inward bringing the outside in. The interiors of the terminal and the roof mezzanine are designed as hybrid spaces, not only blurring the boundaries between exterior and interior, but which also easily adapt to the variable program. Existing public, pedestrian flows along the western edge are enhanced, rather than interrupted by creating a continuous elevated public plaza adjacent to the concourse with independent circulation. Cruise functions, meanwhile, are located on all 3 levels yet kept distinct to maintain secure areas for departing and arriving passengers. Overall, an experience of directed yet functionally separated flows lends an aura of energy to the terminal building.
To become a landmark, this project adopts a form that resists easy classification to free-associate with successive symbols of the utilitarian, the industrial, the poetic. It combines maximum artistry with maximum efficiency. A third architectural element, the Harbor Tower, is a clearly identifiable landmark. It's portal becomes a framing devise for the city while providing passage for the plaza. Given it's location and placement, the figure of the tower takes a geometrical stand in relation to the mountains and transit network. Oriented to true north with the widest elevation on the Land-Sea Axis, the tower is literally the hinge between harbor and city. Tilting five degrees eastward, the buildings broadest facades dematerialize into reflections of water or sky.
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Keelung Harbor Service Building
+ All images and drawings courtesy PAR
Posted: 01 Dec 2012 04:50 AM PST
The design and build of the UK's first self-build, fully autonomous live/work timber studio in the Botanic Gardens, Dundee.
The Macro Micro Studio is a 50m2 Passivhaus standard, off-grid demonstrator developed and built by the University of Dundee's Macro Micro research unit, a Department of Architecture Masters Unit. The project is unique in that it is completely student led and built. Technologies within the studio will be tested in real-world scenarios over a period of four years, generating an understanding of the relationship between user behaviour and technical performance.
During this period the studio will be open to the public as a demonstrator located within the Botanic Gardens of Dundee. The project has gained significant support from industry in terms of in-kind expertise, direct funding, with £140,000 worth of materials and components being contributed for the build.
The construction uses an innovative Scottish manufactured timber system, the Cullen Space Stud, which makes use of low grade locally grown timber in a new, commercially viable structural product. It gives increased wall depth while minimising thermal bridging and increasing the ability to self-build at low cost. The Studio also makes use of an innovative foamed concrete raft foundation slab, which has been contributed by ProPump, which provides structure and insulation in a single material.
Through an innovative and education led design we feel that the project can open up opportunities to inspire or inform the architecture and construction industries and future student led projects. The Marco Micro Studio is open to the general public once completed and will be accompanied by an in-depth publication which will open the project up to a wider audience and increase the educational possibilities and industry interest which can only benefit the continual development of the Passivhaus movement in the UK.
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Architectural Design: Macro/Micro Studio : Masters Students | www.macromicro.co.uk
+ All images and drawings courtesy Macro Micro Studio
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