With the coming of warm temperatures, rest surrounded by nature is something specially relaxing and appealing. Disconnecting with the green in the background, breeze as melodic music accompanying the sounds of wildlife, fresh air in its purest state, or waking up with the rhythm of the sun, these are simple things that modern urbanism and lifestyle have turned into a increasingly exotic luxury. The more time and civilization move forward, the more we move away from what has always been there. Under the prospect of recovering the natural essence, the rise of environmentally friendly and sustainable architecture highlight the increasing construction of buildings and complexes that blend with the environment without any startle. Today in Inalcotrends we share six of those ideal projects for getting lost in the woods. Six styles with a common goal: Dazzle their owners without making them lose any of the sensations of the natural environment.
1 – House among trees – Martín Fernández de Lema, Nicolás Moreno Deutsch (website)
The landscape of Mar Azul, a spa near Villa Gesell, 400 kilometers away from Buenos Aires, is dominated by dense pine woods, acacia trees and black poplars, with large areas of dunes and pristine beaches. And in the middle of this overwhelming landscape this house can be found, with a two floor design in shades of gray & brown. The first one is meant for private use, housing the rooms and defining a horizontal plane on which the whole pavilion rests, while the upper level contains the living room, dining room, barbecue area and terrace. An kinder end-result fully integrated with the environment.
2- NC residence – NL architects (website)
This project is located in a nearby valley to Quito (Ecuador), with the presence of the Ilalo hill, the channel of the San Pedro River and the valley of Tumbaco, which define the natural conditions of the project. The house is in the highest level, which gives unobstructed views to nature and landscape. This building opens a haven of peace in the middle of the living nature, with white tones and large shapes formed by the beams and pylons.
3- House S – Alric Galindez Arquitectos (website)
Given the uncertainty of building a house in an area where nature has such a strong presence, the architectural firm responsible for the project chose a relationship with the landscape through materiality, as if the house were a rock in the mountains that had always been there. Therefore, the house is the result of stacking boxes formed by local stones on the hillside, each one pointing to the Cathedral hills, Otto and Ventana, in the heart of Patagonia. With white interiors to generate contrast, the landscape is the main attraction of this simple and extraordinary housing.
4 – Drift Bay House – Kerr Ritchie Architects (website)
This family house was designed as a single “fluid form” resting in the landscape leaning over the edge of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand. The large black structure changes and expands to follow the sun, the needs of tenants and the ground. The project, which was finished in 2007, comprises a complex that combines ther colours of the interior area simulating the nearby nature. Wood, ceramic and stone are colorfully united with the green, brown and white that dominate the large spaces.
5 – Olnick Spanu House – Campo Baeza Architecture Studio (website)
“In a place of profound calm where after a rainy and foggy day, a bright light is reflected in the calmed mirror of the deep waters of the majestic Hudson River”. This is the result, according to its authors, of their idea of establishing a platform that underline the landscape in which this home was going to be built. Sturdy concrete walls accentuate the relationship of the house with its stone ground, which together with glass give an integrated view of the whole space.
6 – Kiltro House – Supersudaca (website)
The Kiltro House, built in the Central Valley of Chile, aims to be a declaration of principles on how to do architecture in Latin America. With its blend of wood, stone, aluminum, steel, glass and a large presence of air and light through the joints and gaps of each material, this house is “a mongrel” for their creators, or as the Chileans say, a “kiltro”. An amazing result as surprising as chameleonic, fully integrated into its surroundings.