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House Suha bostjan gabrijelcic Slovenia 2008-2012 (Submission date : 24.08.2013)
The presented single-family house is built in the village of Suha, in the suburbs of a famous medieval town, Škofja Loka in Slovenia. The building is built as a replacement structure on the site of a former farm building which represented the eastern side of a unified space of a farm courtyard. Due to the cultural heritage regulations the new building has a gabled roof and follows the gauges of maximum allowed building dimensions of the demolished structure. The investor of the new building is the farm owner’s son, who is academically educated and therefore has very urban housing needs in terms of the program of the house, which is located in a traditional rural area.
The immediate location of the house is situated on the edge of the Sora River slope, turning towards the direction of the river in the south and west, from where it has beautiful panoramic view of the medieval castle built high over Škofja Loka town. The building has a basement, a ground floor and first floor. It is positioned perpendicular to the river slope. In this way the basement opens towards the lower river terrace, while the ground floor is open - with a wide glass surface - towards the farm courtyard, which lies on the upper river terrace. The first floor with the sleeping rooms is facing east. Building’s public access is from the south side via accessible route, offering both access on foot and access with a car to the garages located in the basement. Along the longer, east side an external staircase leads to the main entrance.
The west side of the building is immersed into the existing grassy slope, where the Japanese-style garden stairs lead to the grassy surface in front of the living room on the ground floor of the object. In this way the building is well integrated into the site.
Such position of the building maintains the urbanistic image and roundedness of the farm courtyard which is surrounded, like a large atrium, by the homestead owner’s buildings and the new houses of his children. The cross-section of the building is in the shape of the letter ‘Z’ with the ground floor completely open towards the courtyard on the west side of the building, while the first floor faces towards the east side of the building. The program division of the building into floors is simple and logical. The basement floor features a large garage, a storage room, fitness, sauna, a boiler room and a utility room. From here the stairs lead to the ground floor and further to the first floor. The ground floor is a long, rectangular shape. On its narrower, north side, the staircase and main entrance are located, along with the doorway and a toilet. The remaining large unified space is dedicated to the program of kitchen, dinning room and living room. This space opens through a 12-meter-wide unsupported window to the ‘atrium’ of the house from where picturesque views open to the river and the old town. This is actually a ‘balcony’ room with a view.
From the ground floor the staircase leads to the first floor and into a longitudinal corridor along the west side, featuring a long, panoramic window which allows views of the town panorama. The east side of the corridor is dotted with the sleeping and ‘working’ rooms of children and parents with corresponding bathrooms. The entire eastern side of the corridor is lined with wardrobes. The parents’ bedroom has a separate bathroom and a south-facing panoramic window which allows picturesque views of the surroundings from the level of the bed.
The building construction is made of reinforced concrete, the partition walls are brick and the roofing is made of wood. Above the ground floor, a more complex bridging is realized for the purpose of the large ground-floor panoramic window. The external load-bearing walls are insulated with 25cm thick insulation, on which white plaster is placed. The zinc roof is light grey in colour. A glass projecting roof is installed over the building’s main entrance. The green ‘terrace’ in front of the living room is equipped with a wide walking surface made of teak wood.
The heating is a combination of under-floor heating, recuperator, heat pump and two geothermal bore holes. The low energy house has minimal electric energy consumption. Because of its low energy consumption, the house has apertures only where they are needed, or where additional views of the surroundings are thus enabled.
Peter Gabrijelcic, Boštjan Gabrijelcic
CROATIAN RESIDENCE Aleš Javurek Croatia 2013- (Submission date : 23.08.2013)
Croatia is a mediterranean country. Most of the area is situated along the sea and with subtropic climate offers perfect place for living. That makes Croatia one of the most popular summer destination in Europe. Thousands of tourists visit this country every year. They have two main possibilities how to reach their favorite place for a vacation. People who have already booked hotel or know exact destination use highway, which was built several years ago, but great amount of visitors prefer road along the sea where they can pick up a place according to actual situation or mood. This road traces rocky coast and provides beautiful views of the sea and breathtaking mountains sceneries on the other side. That is brief but significant description of landscape where the plot is located.
The site is situated several kilometers north of Orasac (close to Dubrovnik-South Croatia). Southern border of the site is created by a pavement along previously described road. The rest of the site is surrounded by a rocky landscape, especially northern border defined by the extremely steep slope. Western view of the sea is hidden as well by the rocks.
The crucial point of design was to find a solution which would allow to open the house to the beautiful landscape with keeping enough privacy and protection against noise from the road.
The heart of the house, which is a social space, is situated as far as possible from the road and placed on a naturally sloping terrain. It allows to connect an interior to the nature around and provides beautiful view of the sea because traffic is almost one level lower than ground floor. First floor (private spaces) is placed as a simple box which is open to the west and framing sea view over the rocks. First floor has an absolutely opposite logic than ground floor which is defined only by three simple walls running out from the heart of the house.
green neighborhood Mohannad Dolati Syria 2013-2013 (Submission date : 19.08.2013)
to build a green neighborhood, taking sustainability in consideration, in addition to a nice modular repetition, with ability to bend, edit, and reflect to create a whole city out of it.
man and nature KELVIN CHUNGA Zambia 2012-2013 (Submission date : 13.08.2013)
sustainable recreation center blending in with the natural terrain and vegetation with a view over the hill and the local sunset
locally produced interlocking blocks.thatch roof and excess use of passive ventilation
Municipality of Beyoglu Offices & Art Gallery MANÇO ARCHITECTS Turkey 2013-2013 (Submission date : 13.08.2013)
The project was submitted to the invited competition opened by the Municipality of Beyoglu to replace their existing building on Istiklal Avenue.
1st basement and ground floor were planned as an art gallery, whereas each of the upper floors were solved as different units of the municipality. The roof floor was allocated to the mayor’s spaces.
Due to the strictly limited maximum building height and the demanding building program, only a few specific spaces could be solved as higher volumes.
The 1st basement floor belonging to the art gallery space was planned to have a 4,00m rough height, the maximum allowed by the zoning. Daylight was allowed into the basement via the skylights opened on the floor of the rear garden.
The 1st floor was set back from the front façade, in order to create an entrance with double-floor height. Similarily, a gallery void was opened on top of the meeting room on the top floor and it was covered with a transparent skylight as a continuation of the glazed façade.
Projections that are allowed were not used on the front façade due to the layout of the interior, as well as the concern to achieve harmony with the neighboring buildings. However, on the rear façace projections covered with transparent glazing were created, in order to allow the Bosphorus view and natural lighting into the building.
Fire escape stairs were solved as a steel structure outside the building due to the area limitation. It was positioned along the wall of the neighboring Santa Maria Church, in order to maximize the open space of the rear garden. Steel mesh slabs of the fire escape stairs were connected to the projections so that they function as balconies opening up to the Bosphorus view as well.
Natural stone was preferred as the façade cladding material, in order to blend with the existing architecture of the surrounding. Referring to the sculptural ornaments of the stone façades of Pera district, a three dimensional effect was created on the façade by applying recesses and projections to the stone cladding.
In addition to achieving a harmony with the context, the front façade was divided into two with a diagonal line spanning all along the façade vertically, in order to achieve a contemporary and striking façade. Two different stone patterns matching the neighboring buildings were used on those two parts.
The art gallery on the ground floor and the meeting room on the top were emphasized with large glass surfaces on the front façade. On the rest of the façades, the window openings of the neighboring buildings were continued with various widths and a random distribution.
On the side façade facing the Russian Consulate, the lines of the front façade was continued. Since it is forbidden to open windows, narrow slits were opened on the side façade according to the interior planning. By using semi transparent, insulated profilit glass panels in those slits, allowing daylight in during the day, whereas creating a random lighting effect at night was aimed. Additionally, the outstanding character of the façade was underlined by the light coming out of the narrow recess between the two layers of the frong façade at night.
Bronze color matching the stone colors was preferred for the aluminium joineries as well as the metal roof cladding.
3.149,3m² total building area. Reinforced concrete structure.
Ali Manço, Zuhtu Usta
Residential Complex in Camlica MANÇO ARCHITECTS Turkey 2013-2013 (Submission date : 13.08.2013)
The primary objectives of the project located on a steep plot in Çamlica have been: achieving a layout in compliance with the topography, as well as preserving the mature trees on site and turning those into the focus point of the complex.
Platforms were formed following the existing topography and residential blocks were erected on top of those in a way creating an open courtyard at the center. Living rooms of residences were directed towards the central courtyard and the monumental trees rising from the bottom of the valley shaped by the cascading platforms.
Social areas opening up to the landscaped area in front were planned underneath the upper platform. Internal pools, gyms, wellness center, etc. were planned on the basement of the lower platform. Technical spaces and garage are solved on the lowest basement floor. Parking space covers the whole construction area, so that direct access can be provided from the garage to each residential block.
All vehicle traffic except for ambulances and firefighters were solved underground, in order to allocate all open spaces to pedestrian use. Accordingly, an internal underground street spanning parallel to the Osman Gazi Street was planned. Direct accesses into the platforms were given from the internal street.
Numbers and types of residential units were determined according to the researches conducted by the client. Those were allocated to the blocks during our joint studies with the client on physical models of the project. Smallest units were planned inside the bigger blocks on the upper platforms whereas the bigger ones were located inside the smaller blocks below that have their own private gardens.
In addition to the open spaces on the platforms, terrace roofs of the residential blocks were also landscaped as gardens to be used by units on top floors.
A contemporary reinterpretation of façade elements of traditional Turkish architecture were aimed by the use of wood clad projections and wood shutters.
39.064m² total building area. Reinforced concrete structure.