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Arthur Casas - House in Iporanga

Arthur Casas
House in IporangaThanks to Arthur, Kelen and the team at Arthur Casas, I’ve received an early Christmas present to share with you all. The Immaculate “House in Iporanga” and a new addition to tags, Architect’s Own Houses. “I always wanted a house in the middle of the forest, in a place where I could relax and recharge my energy”, says Arthur.

In the form of two large symmetrical cubes embracing an open space, this house was idealised as his dream house. Arthur’s aim was interiors in total synergy with exteriors. Bringing the outside in are 11 meter floor to ceiling glass windows, on both ends of the open central space. Cumaru wood paneling runs from top to bottom in an attempt to match and blend in with is beautiful surroundings “…as if this were ever 100% possible” admits Arthur.

As the Cumaru extends into the house, sterile white stucco contrasts, highlighting the wood’s warm color. This simple brown and white palette provides a nice canvas for interesting/artistic furnishi…

Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido - Casa Guthrie

Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido Casa GuthriePlataforma Arquitectura have featured yet another great Chilean design. Described as a "facade-less" house, the property levels off a hillside and takes full advantage of the views. A neat first home for young Chilean families.
Article by: David Basulto [tricky]
Architects: Felipe Assadi y Francisca Pulido -
Protect initiated: 2005
Completed: 2007
Location: Chicureo, Santiago, Chile
Plot size: 840 m2
House area: 140 m2
Material: Concrete
Photographs:Guy Wenborne

Commissioned by a real estate company, this project's aim was to design a house that they could replicate easily on a hillside with an average slope of 25%. The costs had to remain within reach of the average young family and be no greater than 140 m2.
On the other hand, this assignment emphasised the impact that these houses should have within the body of projects that that were on offer. It was requested, specifically, to create a house that could be…

Kovac Architects - HillClimber House

Kovac Architects
HillClimber House
The HillClimber house in Pacific Palisades - California, confidently combines stone and wood across 3 levels. As the owners describe - “We’re very pleased with our house. Not only does it convey perfectly the aesthetic that we wanted, but it’s also a very functional house. It fits our family perfectly.” When LA based Kovac architects set out to design a replacement to the existing traditional ranch home, the brief encompassed the needs of the entire family: the young kids wanting larger outdoor play areas and the adults wanting a safe pool area and a secluded getaway for themselves.

Combined with local stone, sustainably harvested red balau wood cladding blends the house into the surrounding trees of the shady canyon. Kovac used a combination of materials and forms to create a simple hierarchy of spaces. Larger, common rooms are distinguished by high angled ceiling planes that open to views and light, while the private spaces feature flat ceilings and da…