SUBTILITAS

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




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



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

Roberto Ercilla - Montehermoso socio-cultural center, Vitoria-Gasteiz 1997. Via, photos (C) César San Millán Agüera.



October 14, 2014, 10:55am  Permalink | Comments

João Mendes Ribeiro - Barn renovation, Cortegaça 2004 (prev). Photos (C) Fernando Guerra.



October 13, 2014, 8:26pm  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

Alejandro Muñoz Miranda - Business confederation offices, Granada 2007. Photos (C) Javier Callejas Sevilla.



October 06, 2014, 2:22pm  Permalink | Comments

LVPH - Renovation of a farmhouse from 1740, Le Mouret 2013. Via, photos (C) Grome



September 22, 2014, 6:43pm  Permalink | Comments

AR Arquitectos - House with two patios, São Paulo 2012. Photos (C) Leonardo Finotti.



September 04, 2014, 6:11pm  Permalink | Comments

Christian Pottgiesser - Galvani House, Paris 2003. Via, photos (C) Gert von Bassewitz.



August 26, 2014, 8:14pm  Permalink | Comments

Quirky little detail in AFGH's housing for architects and artists, Zurich 2004. Photo (C) Valentin Jeck.  

Quirky little detail in AFGH's housing for architects and artists, Zurich 2004. Photo (C) Valentin Jeck.  



August 25, 2014, 3:47pm  Permalink | Comments

AFGH - Housing for architects and artists, Zurich 2004. Photos (C) Valentin Jeck.  



August 25, 2014, 3:43pm  Permalink | Comments

International Royal Architecture - ISM hut, Isumi 2012. Photos (C) Nobuaki Nakagawa.



August 14, 2014, 10:22am  Permalink | Comments

Takuro Yamamoto - White cave, Kanazawa 2013. 



August 13, 2014, 12:47pm  Permalink | Comments

Mount Fuji Architects Studio - Valley house, Tokyo 2014. Via, photo (C) Ryota Atarashi.



August 12, 2014, 5:54pm  Permalink | Comments

Mount Fuji Architects Studio - Geo Metria house, Kanagawa 2011. Via, photo (C) Ken’ichi Suzuki.



August 12, 2014, 12:22pm  Permalink | Comments

Mount Fuji Architects Studio - Treehouse, Tokyo 2009. Via, photos (C) Ken’ichi Suzuki.



August 12, 2014, 12:20pm  Permalink | Comments