Reader’s Choice: Top 10 Architecture Projects on Architizer in April 2022

From Brasilia to Kyoto these were the most-viewed user-uploaded architecture projects on the Architizer database last month.

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10. Riverbend

By CLB Architects, Jackson, WY, United States

This family retreat neighbors with Grand Teton National Park and features jaw-dropping mountain views through a dappled screen of cottonwood trees. The home is nested along the Snake River, which also delimits the north and west perimeter of a wooded property. In respect to the natural beauty of the site and the distinct landscape views, house sits on a platform above the natural ground plane. Board-formed concrete serves as the foundation and low-maintenance steel plates on its façade will patina over time. Large overhangs shelter deep-set cedar niches and floor-to-ceiling windows.

9. HH47

By JUMA architects, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

At the end of a long driveway, on a lush green plot located far from the street, sits a unique home consisting of 3 volumes of varying heights. The project held special significance to the architects: the space will serve as their own home and office. The volumes express the architectural program: one is a double garage with wood siding, the other is the architects’ office with separate access and finally the private home. The floor plan of the home is long-drawn-out, and this unique footprint, though necessary due to the unique site, inspired JUMA to include a glazed portico between the kitchen and living space — a transitional patio, of sorts. It also offers a new perspective on the garden so that the inhabitants do not only have to enjoy it from the backyard.

8. KRM House

By Open AD architects, Gauja National Park, Latvia

The dark, rectilinear profile of the KRM House stands out in the sparsely populated landscape of Gauja National Park, Latvia —a location where animals appear more frequently than humans. Drawing inspiration from the ancient Latvian farmstead, the viensēta, the pavilion-style holiday home connect exterior and interior spaces. In lieu of ancillary utilitarian structures, such as a barn, shed and sauna, that traditionally delineate the farmyard, a terraced garden creates yard-like area, forming a pocket of privacy within the vast landscape.

7. KOA Apartment

By Marty Chou Architecture, Taiwan

Popular Choice, 2021 A+Awards, Apartment

This remarkably open home was inspired by the unique life of an urban family — a couple with a daughter and another little one on the way — in Taiwan. The brief was as follows:

“At this stage of our life, the space for sleeping, seating, eating and sanitary can be stripped down to the bare essentials. We wish to have more space for our children to run freely and a big table for everyone to be around and spend time together. If possible, we wish to live in a modern gallery; simple, calm, and filled with light … in which space are left for imagination, so we can fill it with our life the years ahead.”

The architects responded with a space that is nearly 970 square foot (90 square meter) in a size and is completely open, surrounded on four sides by hidden cabinets. The standout feature is the statement strip of deeply recessed windows that almost serves as rooms and and of themselves. The countertop and furniture are minimal but abstract, like sculptures in the space.

6. Zen in Zejtun [Malta]

By Daniel Scerri Periti [DSP], Żejtun, Malta

The process of converting this vernacular house was not straightforward: over the course of its 500 year lifespan, the building had accrued an array of disjointed parts. The first step was to dismantle the parts that were disrespectful to the original building (mainly from the postwar period) or were structurally unsound, while retaining the original footprint and configuration. Then, behind the unassuming facade, a new extension was added, abutting to an old wing with a long stone wall built. The tension created by contrast pulses through the entire design, juxtaposing and rhyming old and new.

5. 2×2 House

By Mínimo Arquitetura e Design, Brasilia, DF, Brazil

Brasília is famous for many things: its sprawling layout with ample residential plots is one of a handful of divisive design points. This wide, single storey home takes full advantage of its spacious plot, providing a space that is soaked in natural light with ample ventilation whilst remaining private. The elongated plan cleverly unfolds along two central circulation axes: one with private areas and the other with social space. The designers saw the flat topography as a benefit and harnessed it as a tool to integrate the various spaces.

4. Panoramic Apartment O59

By FADD Architects, Naples, Campania, Italy

The top floor of this Neapolitan apartment building offers breathtaking views of Vesuvius, the Gulf of Naples and the island of Capri. A game of contrasts dominates the exterior decor, which includes Avola Salvatori stone cladding, white Carrara marble, warm yellow walls and ash oak accents. Natural light pours in; the architects embraced this as a central aspect for the conception of the design.

3. Delfines House

By estudio AM arquitectos, Cancún, Mexico

A corner lot is pregnant with possibility, and in this regard, the Delphines House takes full advantage of its site. The decision to use three façades served as a jumping point to create an amply ventilated home with a cumaru deck. Lush vegetation (those tzalam trees!) softens the transition between the road and the house, protecting the garden. The western is a blind façade made of natural stone that adds rich texture for a touch of drama and scale.

2. Kozina House

By ATELIER 111 architekti s.r.o., Růžová, Trhové Sviny, Czechia

In the narrow sleepy streets of a small South Bohemian town, next to the grassy patch of the Kozina Square, ATELIER 111 architekti joined two neighboring, historic houses to create a stunning home. While one of the building underwent a significant reconstruction at the turn of the millennium, the other was in a state of disrepair. The renovation process uncovered original stone masonry and small historical fragments, which the clever conversion not only preserves, but showcases. The final result is a striking balance between an innovative and airy contemporary space with a timeless structure.

1. KKDC Japan

By Fujiwaramuro Architects, Kyoto, Japan

A lighting company headquartered in South Korea charged Fujiwaramuro Architects with designing a building in Japan that would express their brand identity. The architects did just that, ingeniously integrating architectural and product concepts by incorporating one of the company’s core products — linear lighting — into their design. The building volume appears like three stacked and offset cubes — a move that both disrupts the linear expectations of multi-story tower and draws attention to the product. The illumination not only calls attention to the separation between the floors, but it also dissolves the structure itself, making the blocks appear to be levitating.

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