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Suurupi House extension / Arhitektid Muru & Pere

  • 01:00 - 19 January, 2010
Suurupi House extension / Arhitektid Muru & Pere
Suurupi House extension / Arhitektid Muru & Pere, © Tarvo Varres
© Tarvo Varres

© Tarvo Varres © Tarvo Varres © Tarvo Varres © Tarvo Varres +26

From the architect. Bit by bit have extra rooms been added to the one-storey private house, designed in 1998 and built in 1999. In the first phase the house was a simple wooden “matchbox” which had to satisfy the humble needs of a young family with children, one of which being a sustainable building.

first floor plan
first floor plan

The family grew, the children got older and the living space had to be enlarged; firstly the terrace was added as an extension of the living room, then after a couple of years the need to store things rose and an economy room had to be built, and again after a few years the thought of increasing comfort came up and the outside pool was added, and then, during 2008-9, also another floor with sauna and relaxing room.

© Tarvo Varres
© Tarvo Varres

The modest “matchbox” has been made bigger in time, the drawer was stretched out further and further until it came out of the box and could be placed, crosswise, on top as a first floor and could be covered with tangled matches.

© Tarvo Varres
© Tarvo Varres

That is how the first floor looks: a box covered with crisscrossed sticks which resembles an angular bird’s nest, a ball of hay that is pressed together, a tangle of boards, all of which glows in the dark.

elevations 02
elevations 02
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Anatoly Hilyuta · November 26, 2013

Picturesque geometrical structure...and what about troubles in maintanence?...up to now, more than three years after?

mauro parolo · March 14, 2011

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Ehlen · January 21, 2011

Cool! | Suurupi House extension

Chemo · January 05, 2011

I think this is fantastic and quite original. If the idea was to evoke surprise and ,shake-up ones traditional orientations, then I must say it was well accomplished.

andyg · January 22, 2010

A little influence of the Brazilian Campana brothers...!

wangsk · January 21, 2010

i think birds love this house....just to clean those cladding?

archi · January 21, 2010

I like the way it takes an ordinary material and uses it in an extraordinary way.

thompouce · January 20, 2010

potato sticks, definitely;
or more poetic: bird's nest, but I dont see the interest

eb · January 20, 2010

Hideous, who would pay money for this?

Richie · January 20, 2010

I like the massing but that timber latticing has an unfortunate resemblance to chipboard or some other cheap particle boarding.

Nicholas Patten · January 20, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Suurupi House extension.

jjjjjj · January 20, 2010

wonder what the fire rating is?

Barry Hill · January 20, 2010

I hope they let the timbers weather to a grey so it looks like it sits more naturally within its context. Looks great at night

arkitekt · January 20, 2010

lot of mediocre stuff on archdaily these days.

Benito · January 20, 2010

Why not make it out of jelly?

archi · January 20, 2010

Why not?

Benito · January 20, 2010

There is a very interesting recent development called 'aggregate structures' which relies on the combined strength of many lengths of wood which alone arent very strong but together are exceptionally strong to act as structure.

This takes the aesthetic of these aggregate structures uses it to wallpaper the outside of the house, without employing any of the structural principles behind it.


Matt · January 20, 2010

Am I the only one who likes it? It seems like a novel use of the old "wood slat" idea that's en in so much residential architecture now. I'm assuming that they just gave the installers a bunch of 1"x2"'s, a bucketful of screws, and said "go to town." The result seems very interesting.

kolohe · January 20, 2010

potato sticks.

erik · January 20, 2010

looks a bit silly, no?

cad · January 20, 2010

Getting ready for the next hurricane

james · January 20, 2010 12:24 PM

you wouldn't want to be nearby when this gets blown apart

FG · January 19, 2010

What I find interesting is that this is essentially a modernist box with a trendy, contemporary surface treatment. It could be something from the 50's or 60's with it's massing and fenestration patterns.

bill · January 19, 2010

Oatmeal Bar?

Doug · January 19, 2010

Campana Brothers Favela Chair reincarnated as a house. Very nice night photos.


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