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"A beautiful home is the result of considering the environment and the project as one, along with the interface between interior design and architecture."
Perched like a rocky outcrop above the valley this house by Vitale Design with views forever through its walls of glass feels like it should be there, that it is part of the landscape. Monumental and cave like yet open to the surrounding bush with the slide of a wall panel or window.
Why am I so attracted to old fashioned English kitchens? No bells, no whistles, appropriate to the age of the building and beautiful. I'm sure someone will ask where is the fridge and the oven and what about more storage. Perhaps they are on the other side of the room out of camera shot, perhaps not. Perhaps I'm just in love with the romance of these types of kitchens and am ignoring the practicality of everyday life with a family to feed but I don't seem to need a steam oven and a dishwasher, a cappuccino machine or a freezer drawer and drawers and drawers of gadgets. Kitchen in a Grade 1 listed almshouse in Whitechapel by Chris Dyson Architects.
Photography by Alex Jones.
More architecture I can get behind. Quite a bit different in methods than my last post, here it is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional style in Poznań, Poland by architecture firm mode:lina. Form of this house: two blocks with a sloping roof and an asymmetric garage cube. It is complemented with simple, raw materials: bricks, concrete and sheet in shades of gray. The street facade has the least windows, protecting the inhabitants from the noise and gives them peace. In addition, various kinds of fences give them the sense of security. That’s where the house got the name from: the Fence House. The shape of this building was dictated by its function. Household members, parents and two children, wanted to live independently. Hence the idea of dividing it into two parts. Separate area on the first foor allows adults to enjoy tranquility while kids can go crazy in their "own house". Ground floor is a common part for all inhabitants. There's the unique kitchen extended into the garden and a large living room with mezzanine, reaching the attic. An unusual feature is the window in the hallway, which exhibits the owner's unique car (my car buff husband says it's a Lotus/Caterham 7) inside a graphite garage cube.
I absolutely adore these spaces, and love the philosophy of architecture firm Hacket Holland (based in Notting Hill, London). Our approach is not dogmatic but responsive. We hope our buildings have 'good manners' in relation to their neighbours and natural setting. We reject the fashionable late 20th Century notion of Architecture as 'objects in space'. We believe that in the future successful Architecture will be defined as that which responds to its immediate surroundings and to the wider environment in a meaningful way. Our aim is to create forms and spaces that are beautifully proportioned, considered, responsive, functional, practical and formed using good quality sustainable materials. We believe that this approach is truly modern – in the best sense – and that as the absolute necessity for sustainability becomes recognised on a global level, so 'industrial' modernism and current vacuous architectural fashions will become redundant.