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

 

The Many Layers Of Plywood

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Stealth Barn by Carl Turner Architects, Norfolk, England

Plywood, in all its utilitarian glory, is certainly not a traditional design element. The material begins with a rotary lathe and a log; the lathe essentially peels the log, turning it into long, thin sheets of wood. Layering the sheets (or “plys”) in rotating directions and adhering them with heat and glue gives plywood its structural integrity. (Plywood’s cousin, oriented strand board, is made of smaller strips of wood combined in a similar way.) It is strong and inexpensive, but until recently was considered strictly a building material and would be disguised with a more attractive drywall or siding.

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El Espinar House by Miguel de Guzmán, Segovia, Spain

However, contemporary architects and designers have begun to embrace it as a cheaper alternative to lumber, and the appearance of exposed plywood has increased exponentially in recent years.

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INFILL Homes by John Dwyer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Monumental Minimalism In House On A Pinewood

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House on a Pinewood by sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati

Integrating buildings into the surrounding environment promotes a sense of harmony. The minimalist design of the House on a Pinewood incorporates travertine limestone, the appearance of which matches the surrounding sandy area.

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House on a Pinewood by sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati

Travertine is similar in look to marble with visible striations, and occurs through the accumulation of carbonated calcium surrounding hot mineral springs.

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House on a Pinewood by sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati

The sculptural and functional stairway doubles as a shelving system, taking advantage of the opportunity for a unique built feature.

The simplicity of the building and implementation of lighting and accessories combine to form a dramatic confluence of the natural and manufactured.

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