‘ma house’ occupies an incredibly narrow plot of land in a densely populated residential region of okazaki, japan. reinterpreting traditional notions of scale and program, the dwelling, created by katsutoshi sasaki + associates, utilizes the full length of its 21 meter site to establish a functional and effective family home. internally, all volumes are a maximum of 3 meters in width, with the height of each space dependent on its function and the number of occupants it may have at any one time. additionally, rooms designed for single occupancy feature limited natural light, whereas communal areas of the house are brighter and more generously proportioned. dispersed living quarters result in unrestricted flexible volumes, which can accommodate more than one program. this efficient use of the minimal floor space is evidenced through the scheme’s corridor, which also functions as a study area. in addition to a internal garden at ground floor level, a roof terrace provides private an external sundeck and a connection with the natural environment.
“My drawings express dissent. At a time of total theoretical and practical stalemate when architecture has been reduced to responding to practical needs, drawings ask questions on how to start thinking of the city again.”
It is with these few, grave but crystal-clear words that Carmelo Baglivo opened and summed up a fine exhibition curated by Emilia Giorgi for the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. It displays a small sample of the countless drawings and collages produced by a founder of IaN+, one of the best-known and most active practices in the theoretical debate on the Italian scene of the last 20 years.
i was so smitten with the little summer house by roland rainer that i posted last monday, that i started to search for more info. i didn’t find too much, except these wonderful pictures by the architect himself showing how wonderfully the building hasn’t changed at all
summer house by roland ranier via hic arquitectura
i fell in love with this house the moment i saw it. it’s simple limestone walls, creating a not so closed courtyard house in the austrian countryside. with a very basic form and rooms this summer house by one of the most interesting modernist architects from austria is exactly the type of house i would like to build for myself; hopefully in not the too distant future. andrew trotter
Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, São Paulo, by Oscar Niemeyer via architectuul
Since the 4th edition in 1957, the São Paulo Biennial takes place at the Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo in the Parque do Ibirapuera. The pavilion was designed by a team lead by Oscar Niemeyer and Hélio Uchôa, and named after Francisco (Ciccillo) Matarazzo Sobrinho (1898-1977), the Biennial’s founder. The three-storey building provides an exhibition space of 30,000 sqm.
I think this must be one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a long time
These raw wooden objects are Matylda Krzykowski‘s way to come back to her Polish roots. This talented curator, designer and project initiator is also a founder and curator of amazing matandme. Take a look at the rough sculptures from the project Daddy Would Be Proud.
“Extraordinary wood carvings can be found when you visit native Polish markets. Some of the most interesting are carved in the Beskids, a series of mountain ranges in South Poland. The wood carvers from there take their wares to the market, where they present their objects. My Father is from this region. My Mother has always said that he is a true ‘Goral’, a boy from the mountains. Influenced by these crafts from the country of my origin, I interpreted my own woodworking skill into a series of small objects using pear tree wood.”