All architecture is involved in a dialogue with its surroundings. We wear our homes in much the same fashion as our clothes: We slip into them as reflections of who we are . What they convey and how they are received is intrinsic to the environment in which we move(or are located). Culturally here in the U.S. we are given wide berth in what is considered appropriate or not. Eclecticism allows us to be both insulted and amused; there are no aesthetic straightjackets to be found on our main street
However we do harbor our own utopian visions of architecture that confirms our world view. The internet definitely levels the playing field and allows us to dwell virtually in our presumptive neighbourhoods; littered with award winning design and stylistic consent (where's that straightjacket).
by r-zero studio
Mexican practice r-zero studio has completed 'la peña house', a single family dwelling situated at the bottom of a cliff in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Due to the irregular topography, it has been constructed in three levels to blend with the landscape and to highlight and frame the lake in the distance. The orientation of the terrain and its location on a small inland peninsula provides the building with a micro-climate of its own that is maintained through the large windows, concrete walls and stone surfaces. The materials are able to retain the heat during the evening and preserve a cool environment during the day.
The architectural volumetric configuration of the façade that faces the lake which is integrated with the terraces, provides a visual extension of each interior living space. The concrete slab that crowns the structure has been overlaid with natural wood to enhance the personal areas of the house.
The exterior edifice has been clad with a stone finish that unfolds like a piece of origami to camouflage the dwelling with the mountain's features.
All the public and circulation areas have been designed to be monochromatic, where the raw concrete walls, the granite and the recycled wood emphasize the sunlight that floods through the brise-soleil screen, creating a natural game of shadows and luster.
ADELAIDE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: A party outback
by TROPPO ARCHITECTS
Australian firm Troppo Architects' aim is to develop regionally responsive architectures.
...And to promote a Sense of Place: through an architecture that responds to climate and the local setting: a dynamic architecture of adjustable skins; that connects the indoors with the out: a non-constant architecture that responds to the morning, the evening, the season, the heat, the cold, the sun, the rain, the moment that will never pass again.