SUBTILITAS

SUBTĪLITĀS (latin; noun f., 3rd):
fineness of texture, logic, detail; slenderness, exactness, acuteness; sharpness : precision




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Denzer & Poensgen - Absalon (house with an atrium), Trier 2004. Very Ando-esque, and designed around the golden ratio. Via, photos (C) Rainer Mader.



October 20, 2014, 5:07pm  Permalink | Comments

Wild Bär Heule - Two family house, Herrliberg 2013. Via, photos (C) Roger Frei



October 20, 2014, 2:34pm  Permalink | Comments

Beat Consoni - Egloff house, Bottighofen 1997. Photos (C) Michael Egloff



October 20, 2014, 12:40pm  Permalink | Comments


Beat Consoni - Primary school, Au 2000. Photos (C) Klaus Kinold, Michael Egloff



October 20, 2014, 12:37pm  Permalink | Comments

Mount Fuji Architect’s Studio - Seto housing, Hiroshima 2013. Photos (C) Ken’ichi Suzuki.



October 17, 2014, 6:20pm  Permalink | Comments

Bechter Zaffignani - KWB hydropower control center, Tirol 2014. Brutalism is alive and well. Via, photos (C) Rasmus Norlander.



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Bergmeisterwolf - Villa P, Novacella 2013. Via, photos (C) Lukas Schaller



October 16, 2014, 5:24pm  Permalink | Comments

Felix Held - Villa MM, Malans 2013. Photos (C) Ralph Feiner.



October 15, 2014, 1:22pm  Permalink | Comments

Livio Vacchini & Silvia Gmür - 3 houses, Beinwil am See 1998. Photos (C) Vaclav Sedy.



October 15, 2014, 12:43pm  Permalink | Comments

Livio Vacchini - Koerfer House, Ascona 2005. Prev2, photos (C) Alessandra Chemollo.  



October 15, 2014, 11:52am  Permalink | Comments

Gian Salis - Hillside house, Wyhlen 2013. Via



October 15, 2014, 11:02am  Permalink | Comments

COMOCO - Pombal castle renovation, Pombal 2014. Photos (C) Fernando Guerra



October 13, 2014, 8:43pm  Permalink | Comments

torre de palma

A phenomenal renovation, expansion, and reappropriation of an agricultural property to a new vineyard, hotel, and offices by João Mendes Ribeiro. The project is another in a long lineage of exemplary renovations by the architect, displaying his mastery of detail, material, texture, and spatial planning within the sensitive and restrictive confines of historical sites. 

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Located in the vast Alentejo plains of Portugal, the project included a thorough survey of the existing historic buildings, determining which were damaged beyond repair/of no architectural significance to be demolished, those that were to be kept and renovated, and where to add additional new constructions. The resulting composition is an interesting juxtaposition of ornate, colorful historic structures, coupled with abstract, simplified, almost detail-less monolithic buildings that mimic the scale and typology of the existing stables. This contrast becomes a concept that is clearly delineated and reinforced throughout the project.

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The orientation of the new buildings also creates several courtyards, some which service the hotel with pools or outdoor gardens, others with planters for crops and herbs, and others to accentuate the scale of the property with singular material gestures.

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Existing interiors are stripped to their bare structural elements, and finished in a stark white paint. New additions to the space stand out in contrast against this blank pallet; concrete, wood, and tiled elements float freely, ensure that the expanse of the historic buildings are visible by maintaining views of the entire volume.

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The new buildings maintain a similar interior proportion, but are slightly more minimal in their structural expression to ensure a continual flow between spaces while maintaining a subtle visual separation between old and new.

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A subterranean cellar made of board-form concrete and a sculptural stair creates an inversion of the spaces above, with a dark foreground material punctured by moments of high contrast created by slivers of light.

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The complex is a very simple yet powerful exercise in the delicate balance of historical preservation and modernization. Minimal gestures become extremely significant due to their relationship to the space around them. All photos (C) do mal o menos



October 13, 2014, 6:58pm   Permalink | Comments

Roberto Ercilla -  Llanada Alavesa houseGardelegui 1997. Via, photos (C) César San Millán Agüera



October 06, 2014, 6:11pm  Permalink | Comments

Estudio Entresitio - Three healthcare centers (San Blas, Usera, & Villaverde), Madrid 2010. Photos (C) Roland Halbe



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