Philippe Starck Wooden House - 3 Suisses Add Video

This is the 9 mins of video that comes with the plans for the 3 Suisses Philippe Starck Wooden House.

Posted by archibonarrigo on January 19, 2011 at 1:18 PM 3954 Views

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6:54 AM on January 20, 2011 
Aga Khan Award for Architecture

by Architecture Pasquale Bonarrigo

There's probably more raw creativity, inspiration, and charm in this collection of relatively humble projects than in a typical dozen starchitect masterpieces.

Near Córdoba, Spain, stand the extensive remains of Madinat al-Zahra, a tenth-century Islamic palace city.

Nearby, a contemporary museum interprets the archeological site within a subtle and deferential structure. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos arranged the museum's main public functions in a cloister around a courtyard ? a form found in both the excavated buildings and the old town of Córdoba.

The museum's restrained material palette of white concrete, iroko wood, and limestone paving is intended to evoke the rough retaining walls and temporary structures of an archeological dig.

The Madinat al-Zahra Museum is one of five projects recently honored with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Established in 1977 by His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, the triennial award recognizes excellence in the built environment, coupled with contributions to quality of life, in societies in which Muslims have a significant presence.

The group of projects honored for 2010 is small but diverse, including a tiny school in rural China, a new textile factory in Turkey, the restoration of colonial architecture in Tunisia, and a large-scale waterway redevelopment in Saudi Arabia. The jury noted that issues of identity and plurality emerged as guiding principles for the 2010 selections, and praised the award recipients and the other 14 shortlisted projects for exhibiting a "responsible quality, of treading lightly on earth."

by Architecture Pasquale Bonarrigo
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1:18 PM on January 19, 2011 
Architectural studio from Reggio Calabria, Pasquale Bonarrigo Architecture designed attractive living space in the middle of an Italy. No trees were damaged while building this house in the untouched landscape. The house is of minimal size to fit into the surroundings and offers comfort to its owners. A timber and steel framing system has been employed. The cantilevered driveway preserves the root systems of the surrounding flora. The house features an array of energy-efficient systems, one of them being rainwater collection. Its design resembles traditional local architecture with elements of modern technologies. It is located on an incline in the Pittwater area and its terraces respond to the slope. The views from the upper levels are spectacular and the owners can delight in the view of the whole valley. Large roof overhangs passively protect the home from overheating. The materials were chosen with respect to the area so mostly wooden beams from the local forests were used. LED lighting, daylighting and natural ventilation reduce the need for mechanical and electrical systems inside the home while opening up the inside to the surrounding nature. The roof collects rainwater which is recycled for use within the home.