AD Recommends: Best of the Week

© Fernando Alda

One theatre, two houses, a classic motel and a mikve! All great posts you may have missed from last week. Check them all after the break.

Almonte Theatre in Huelva / Donaire Arquitectos
The building is located on the site of an old winery. It has the challenge of integrate the existing old buildings, declared as cultural interest, and being part of a cultural complex of a total of three buildings and a common space. This space turns into the main place of the town and an important meeting area (read more…)

© Joe Fletcher

Desert House / Marmol Radziner
The Desert House, Marmol Radziner Prefab’s prototype home is oriented to best capture views of San Jacinto peak and the surrounding mountains. Located on a five-acre site in Desert Hot Springs, California, the house extends through the landscape with covered outdoor living areas, which double the 2000 square-foot interior spaces. A detached carport allows the owners to “leave the car behind” as they approach their home (read more…)

© Víctor Benítez

Mikve Rajel / Pascal Arquitectos
The Mikve is the ritual bath of purification in the Jewish religion. It is possible diving in fresh spring water, or in a place specially dedicated to it, fed by rainwater that must be collected, stored and communicated to the vessel that is called a Mikve. All this must be made under a very strict set of rules related to the degree of purity of water. These rules also include the use of materials, architectural measures and water treatment (read more…)

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Pilar House / FILM-OBRAS DE ARQUITECTURA
The work, a minimum house was conceived as a unique and flexible space intern a “tube” that links the square, facing the lot, and expansion. This space is made up of a horizontal surround 3 sides of constant width, thickness and transparency variable, modulated and constructed in panderete brick (read more…)

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AD Classics: Museumotel / Pascal Hausermann
The Museumotel is an unusual hotel to say the least. The group of white, round structures that make up the guest houses look like space pods crossed with hobbit holes, plopped down in the wooded landscape of northeastern France. The interiors are even more spacey: huge circular windows, dripping support columns, curving staircases, and arched doorways are common features (read more…)

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "AD Recommends: Best of the Week" 16 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=135415>

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