Casa Naila, the house from which you can always see the sea

Casa Naila, the house from which you can always see the sea

Giulia Pacciardi · 4 months ago · Design

Imagine a house where each window has a different view of a blue expanse.
Imagine opening them all wide, looking out and feeling the scent and breeze coming from the sea directly into your bedroom.

Casa Naila, the holiday home designed by the Mexican studio BAAQ in Puertecito, on the coast of Oaxaca and 20km from the more famous Puerto Escondido, is a daydream realized just to allow its visitors to look at the sea from every room.

Casa Naila, which takes its name from a traditional song, is built with rural materials that respect nature and the surrounding landscape, despite the large size of the structure which is around 740sqm.
The house is divided into 4 different blocks, all on two floors, which are located on the edge of a cross-shaped patio, designed to be used as an open-air room.

“The angle and separation of the volumes allow for ocean views from any room and, while simple, the scheme achieves a formal integration between rock and beach landscape.explained BAAQ co-founder Alfonso Quiñones.

The outdoor area, which borders the beach, also includes gardens and a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the surrounding landscape.

“In the end, the result is a space that accomplishes one of the noblest purposes of architecture: to experience a bond between the inhabitant and the site, about which we feel very satisfied.”

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The spectacular bookcase designed by X+Living in Beijing

The spectacular bookcase designed by X+Living in Beijing

Emanuele D'Angelo · 4 months ago · Design

Chinese architectural firm X+Living has recently completed the design of a second bookstore in the Zhongshuge chain in Beijing. The spectacular bookcase is located inside the famous Lafayette warehouse and is inspired by classic Chinese gardens, to transport customers to a different space.

Designer Li Xiang, as mentioned above, took inspiration from the well-known Chinese gardens and in particular from the traditional “moon gates“, the different areas of the bookcase are connected by these large circular arches, which also become a place of relaxation where you can read the book you have just bought.

Just like a classic garden, customers are invited to browse, wander through new scenarios and spatial experiences, the choice of the mirror floor gives the bookcase a sort of surreal sensory impact.

A real dream place designed by X+Living for those who love to get lost among the books, the bookstore belonging to the Zhongshuge chain can only drive you crazy.

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House of the Big Arch, the house that disappears into the landscape

House of the Big Arch, the house that disappears into the landscape

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Design

In South Africa, in the mountains of the Waterberg Nature Reserve, the House of the Big Arch designed by the architectural firm Frankie Pappas was built.

The house was built for an elderly couple who wanted a place to live completely surrounded by nature. The architects, however, didn’t just think of a dwelling in the landscape, they also thought of a way to camouflage the building with its surroundings and did it so well that the house is difficult to see from the ground or from above.

Given the structure of the land and the dense forest, the main objective was to build a house that would not affect nature and was achieved by designing it with a long and narrow plan.

The House of the Big Arch, in fact, is only 3.3 meters wide and literally slips into the trees. To the central structure, then, have been added rooms and side areas, also designed to fit perfectly between nature. This choice made it possible to build the house without cutting down even one tree.

As far as the materials are concerned, the most abundant one is certainly the raw brick that takes up the color of the sandstone rock of the mountains, alternating with wood and integrated with glass and aluminum for the structural parts.

Inside, the house is divided into two levels, the ground floor houses courtyards, study, library, while the upper one includes a living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms. In addition, the house also has a lower level used as a cellar.

As the name says, La House of the Big Arch is a bridge between the forest and the rock and shows how architecture and landscape are one.

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House in Los Vilos, the wavy roof house

House in Los Vilos, the wavy roof house

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Design

Ochoalcubo, the Chilean project started a few years ago with the aim of involving several national and international architects to build houses on the Chilean coast a couple of hours from Santiago. A few days ago the long-awaited project by Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa was completed. House in Los Vilos is the perfect place to retreat to spend a weekend surrounded by nature and overlooking the sea. 

The house is on one level, entirely covered by a wavy concrete roof that also serves to divide the interior spaces of the house. In fact, the roof descends almost to the ground in some places, this has made it possible to create three different rooms without the use of walls: the first, in the front part of the house, is occupied by a sauna, the second, the central one, houses a bedroom and a living room, and the third, the most panoramic one, has been used for the dining room and the kitchen. In addition to these spaces, the house also has an additional bedroom on the lower level which has been carved into the rock and has a large window. 

The rest of the House in Los Vilos also has large windows, in fact the wavy roof is supported only by steel columns and windows that allow you to admire the surrounding nature from any point of the house. 

From the outside the House in Los Vilos blends in with the landscape and the undulating roof is reminiscent of both the surrounding hilly terrain and the waves of the sea towards which the house is facing. 

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“Floating Music Hub”, a dream place in Cape Verde

“Floating Music Hub”, a dream place in Cape Verde

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 months ago · Design

NLÉ, the architecture, design and urban planning studio led by Kunlé Adeyemi, has started the construction of a floating music hub called “Floating Music Hub” in Cape Verde.

Located in Mindelo Bay on the island of São Vicente, the project will be open to the public in December 2020.

Once completed, the project will mark another milestone in NLÉ’s development of the Makoko floating system (MFS™), which was first presented in 2013.

Built by NLÉ as a floating music center, “Floating Music Hub” is a pre-fabricated party venue project comprising three floating structures of different sizes. One of the three will be larger and will contain a multi-purpose performance hall, while the medium-sized building will be a professional recording studio. Finally, the smaller structure will be a service bar.

The three structures will be anchored around a triangular public square that will promote music, dance, art and other creative industries in Africa in Cape Verde.

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