Casa Brutale is Getting Built, and Here’s Why (Hint: The Internet)

09:30 - 2 May, 2016
Casa Brutale is Getting Built, and Here’s Why (Hint: The Internet), Courtesy of OPA
Courtesy of OPA

When ArchDaily published “Live on the Edge with OPA’s Casa Brutale” in July of last year, we expected it to be popular on our site, but few anticipated exactly how much attention the project would receive—enough to secure a position in the top 10 most read articles on the site in 2015. But what happened next was perhaps more astounding. By the end of the week, the project had been picked up by the gamut of non-architecture news outlets ranging from Slate to Yahoo to CNET to CNBC. For a few short days, it became difficult to traverse the wild expanses of the internet without a sighting of the project’s lead image, typically accompanied by a hyperbolic headline along the lines of “This Beautiful, Terrifying House is Literally Inside a Cliff.”

But despite the enormous traction, with seemingly impossible features like a clifftop, glass-bottomed swimming pool, the project still seemed to be destined for "paper architecture" status. Yet fast forward to today and the house has (incredibly) found a willing client, and is about to break ground on construction. How did this happen, and what takes architecture from viral sensation to real-life construction project?

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8 Creative Ways to Integrate Parking into Residential Design

16:00 - 25 March, 2016
8 Creative Ways to Integrate Parking into Residential Design, House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects © Iwan Baan
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects © Iwan Baan

Most residential projects must include parking spaces, but only few cases are notably innovative. Your vehicle's resting place can be more than just a required space; it may even become the backbone of the design itself. 

The integration of parking, interior spaces and facades can deliver extremely intriguing and unique results.

Here we present 8 cases in which the humble parking space has assumed a main role in the design, while integrating new functions such as exhibition spaces, or structural features and versatile technology.

Teochon House / IROJE Architects & Planners

20:00 - 28 October, 2015
Teochon House / IROJE Architects & Planners, © Jong Oh Kim
© Jong Oh Kim
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Seung H-Sang
  • Site Area

    862.0㎡
  • Gross Floor Area

    192.8㎡
  • Area

    164.7 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Jong Oh Kim © Jong Oh Kim © Jong Oh Kim © Jong Oh Kim +23

Bart Prince Renovates Home Based on the Owners’ Love of Math, Art and Geometry

12:00 - 18 October, 2015

Tucked away on a 1.3 acre lot, this house in Los Altos, California was renovated by Bart Prince -- transformed from a rectangular cabin into an eclectic combination of forms, inspired by the owners, Dale and Margo Seymour’s, love of math, art and geometry. The newly built structure is composed of steel and glulam, creating angular forms with generous glazing to create open, day-lit spaces. To navigate the California law that glass cannot be installed in non-vertical positions, an acrylic substitute was used for many of the home’s irregular windows.  

MoMA Mines Its Unparalleled Holdings for Its "Endless House" Exhibition

09:30 - 15 September, 2015
MoMA Mines Its Unparalleled Holdings for Its "Endless House" Exhibition, Elevation and plan of Raimund Abraham's The House without Rooms (1974). Image © 2015 Raimund Abraham
Elevation and plan of Raimund Abraham's The House without Rooms (1974). Image © 2015 Raimund Abraham

There is perhaps no better display of modern architecture’s historical victory than Jacque Tati’s film Playtime. In it, a futuristic Paris has left-for-dead the grand boulevards of Haussmann, in favor of endless grids of International Style offices. The old city is reduced to longing reflections of Sacré-Cœur and the Eiffel Tower in the glass of these shiny new monoliths. But the irony central to the film is that this construction is created through mere surface treatments, and as the narrative unfolds, cheap mass-production withers in a world where the veneer has triumphed over craftsmanship and polish. In short, Modernism hasn’t always been all it's cracked up to be.

In the Museum of Modern Art’s new exhibition, "Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture," the simplicities of mass-market modern homes are abolished by artists and architects who, in examples from the 1940s to the present, have chosen to use the dwelling as a platform for universal messages and as an arena for architectural experimentation. In the same way that photography freed painting from the terrestrial concerns of realism, the simplicity of modernism liberated artists and architects to subvert extant conventions of buildings.

Model of Asymptote Architecture's Wing House, Helsinki (2011). Image © 2015 Asymptote Architecture Model of Frederick Kiesler's Endless House (1950–60). Image © The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Department of Architecture and Design Study Center. Photographer: George Barrows Haus-Rucker-Co's Stück Natur (Piece of Nature) (1973). Image © 2015 Haus-Rucker-Co Model of Emilio Ambasz's Casa de Retiro Espiritual, Córdoba, Spain (1976–79). Image © 2015 Emilio Ambasz +20

"Synthesis and Containment": The Design Philosophies of Cadaval & Solà-Morales

06:00 - 14 September, 2015

With a nuanced approach to site and purpose, the projects of Eduardo Cadaval & Clara Solà-Morales are geometric abstractions that are strong without being aggressive, and alluring without being indelicate. In a new documentary on their work, "Cadaval & Solà-Morales / Synthesis and Containment," the architects explain their history and process with commentary that is interspersed by tours of their most lauded projects, and validation of their work by peers. Juan Herreros, Founder and Director of Estudio Herreros, characterizes the architects as not heroic or epic, but as with ballerinas, practice makes the impossible look easy. Josep Luis Mateo, Founder & Director of Mateo Architectura, extols, “one can understand their work by itself, without having to recall their references.”

Sunflower House. Image © Sandra Pereznieto PIC Pavillion. Image © Sandra Pereznieto X House. Image © Sandra Pereznieto Guinovart Florensa Residence. Image © Santiago Garcés +5

The Czech Centre London Presents "Czech Houses"

02:30 - 6 August, 2015
The Czech Centre London Presents "Czech Houses", Courtesy of Czech Centre London
Courtesy of Czech Centre London

Focused on family housing, the highlight of contemporary Czech architecture, the exhibition presents 33 exceptional designs by 33 architectural studios offering an insight into contemporary Czech architecture and urbanism. Showing a wide range of approaches to individual housing needs including large and small houses; new projects and renovations; houses in the countryside, in dense urban centres and in suburbia; made of concrete, wood, bricks or steel; in modern, abstract, or traditional styles distinctive, subtle or introverted, the exhibition demonstrates the continuous increase in the quality of Czech architecture since the fall of Communism in 1989, capturing the developments in architecture within the context of significant political and social change.

This 3D Printed Home was "Built" in Less than 3 Hours

12:30 - 28 July, 2015
This 3D Printed Home was "Built" in Less than 3 Hours, via Xinhua
via Xinhua

Chinese company ZhuoDa has assembled a two-story home in record speed; the modular house, comprised of six 3D printed modules, was assembled on-site in less than three hours. Likened to LEGO, the prefabricated home was 90 percent built off-site before its components were shipped to its permanent location. As Inhabitat reports, the home only took about 10 days to complete from start to finish.

4.1.4 House / AS/D Asociación de Diseño

11:00 - 23 June, 2015
4.1.4 House / AS/D Asociación de Diseño, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jurica, Santiago de Querétaro, Qro., Mexico
  • Architectural Design

    Paola Morales Orantes + Fernando Velasco RiveraTorres
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Villa Melana / Valia Foufa + Panagiotis Papassotiriou

03:00 - 23 June, 2015
Villa Melana / Valia Foufa + Panagiotis Papassotiriou, © Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

© Erieta Attali © Pygmalion Karatzas © Pygmalion Karatzas © Pygmalion Karatzas +22

Woollahra House / Tzannes Associates

17:00 - 22 June, 2015
Woollahra House / Tzannes Associates, © Michael Nicholson
© Michael Nicholson

© Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson +15

Case Inlet Retreat / MW works

11:00 - 22 June, 2015

© Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann +22

Town House in Antwerp / Sculp[IT]

03:00 - 22 June, 2015
Town House in Antwerp / Sculp[IT], © Luc Roymans
© Luc Roymans
  • Architects

  • Location

    Antwerp, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans +33

Wrap House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

20:00 - 21 June, 2015
Wrap House / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +15

Spiral House / Keikichi Yamauchi architects and associates

20:00 - 20 June, 2015
Spiral House / Keikichi Yamauchi architects and associates, © Koji Sakai
© Koji Sakai

© Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai +22

Groveland House / Mcleod Bovell

09:00 - 20 June, 2015
Groveland House / Mcleod Bovell, © Ema Peters
© Ema Peters
  • Architects

  • Location

    West Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Area

    9000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Sandwich / Atelier ST

02:00 - 20 June, 2015
Sandwich / Atelier ST, © Bertram Bölkow
© Bertram Bölkow
  • Architects

  • Location

    Seepromenade 74, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Silvia Schellenberg-Thaut, Sebastian Thaut
  • Planning of Structural Framework

    Mayer-Vorfelder und Dinkelacker Ingenieurgesellschaft
  • Area

    111.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Bertram Bölkow © Bertram Bölkow © Bertram Bölkow © Bertram Bölkow +16

23 Terrace / DRTAN LM Architect

17:00 - 19 June, 2015
23 Terrace / DRTAN LM Architect, © H. Lin Ho
© H. Lin Ho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Design Architect

    Dr. Tan Loke Mun
  • Project Architect

    Alvin Tham Yee Weng, Mohd. Faidin
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© H. Lin Ho © H. Lin Ho © H. Lin Ho © H. Lin Ho +20