Homes With Moving Walls Let The Outdoors In

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Casa O Chile by 01ARQ, Colina, Chile

Traditionally walls secure a home and provide privacy to its inhabitants. But architecture and technology have grown together to allow for different interpretations of what constitutes a wall.

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Northland House by Parsonson architects ltd., Wellington, New Zealand

Sure, walls can keep prying eyes out, but materials and design techniques can be utilized to bring the surrounding environment into the home. Using walls that open completely is the most radical way to embrace the natural world and erase the distinction between interior and exterior space.

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Godoy House by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos, Jalisco, Mexico

 

Extraordinary Gardens In the Sky

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Cuny House by Guz Architects, Singapore

With our current obsession with green roofs, urban farms, and skyscraper beekeeping, it’s easy to forget that plopping some vegetation—or animal life—on top of our buildings is actually an age-old practice.

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Villa Ronde by Ciel Rouge Creation, Japan

Indeed, roof top gardens have been adding vitality, warmth, and sustenance for urban dwellers since 400 B.C., when ancient Mesopotamians would grow plants on the roofs and terraces of their ziggurats. These massive stone buildings featured no interior rooms, and the foliage provided much-needed shelter from the sun.

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The Cottage by Gray Organschi Architecture, US

Léger And The Modern Metropolis

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Ballet MécaniqueFernand Léger, 1923-24.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Paris was undergoing rapid transformation.New technology engendered a new experience of the surrounding environment, now a kaleidoscope of color and form: trains puffing white smoke across the French countryside, ubiquitous advertisements, and automobiles speeding at unprecedented velocities.

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“The City,” Fernand Léger, 1919.

Paris was Léger’s primary metropolitan subject. Napoleon III and Baron Haussman undertook a massive urban planning program during the second half of the 19th century, imposing a rational grid of boulevards and train stations where medieval alleyways once stood. Once Paris had a structure, it was able to modernize, a process that changed the experience of the city entirely.

Léger wrote, “when one crosses a landscape by automobile or express train it becomes fragmented, it loses descriptive value but gains in synthetic value. The view through the door of the railroad car or the automobile windshield, in combination with the speed, has altered the habitual look of things.” In Léger’s mind, it was the artist’s job to depict this new myriad of sensory impressions; the desire to capture speed and fragmented detail led him to a nonrepresentational method of painting, similar to cubism and featuring contrasting colors to provoke feelings of dissonance.

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Fernand Léger on left, Le Corbusier on the right. Image via.

A Residential Parthenon In Athens

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A House In Three Buildings by Nikos Smyrlis Architect

Located in Athens, Greece, A House In Three Buildings by Nikos Smyrlis Architectis indebted to the historical and environmental setting in which it is located. Athens is also home to the Parthenon, a shining example of classical architecture that influenced the ideals of modernism. A young Le Corbusier visited the building at the age of 24, returning every day for three weeks.

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A House In Three Buildings by Nikos Smyrlis Architect

One of the most striking aspects of the Parthenon to the young Corbusier was how the structure related to the topography, sky, and built environment surrounding it. A House In Three Buildings engages its surroundings using a similar method: movement between buildings not only switches functions, it also blurs the distinction of interior and exterior. A central square near the pool has a direct view of the nearby sea and is utilized as an open-air dining room.

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A House In Three Buildings by Nikos Smyrlis Architect