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Villa Village / Visiondivision

© Visiondivision
© Visiondivision

Our Swedish friends from Visiondivision are back with their latest residential project for a family in Tampere, Finland - an extension that offers a quirky departure from a traditional “addition” as the architecture provides an entire “village” of units to meet optimal flexibility and potential.     The village idea offers an interesting structure for the clients to inhabit and one that can be experienced in a variety of ways to inspire the residents during their everyday activities. More after the break. 

Stockholm Stacked / Visiondivision

View from Stacked balcony © Visiondivision
View from Stacked balcony © Visiondivision

Our friends from Visiondivision have envisioned a creative solution to respond to Stockholm’s lack of housing.  While the city is growing rapidly, the pace of new construction for residences is quickly falling behind demand.  Due to this lack of housing, the core of Stockholm has grown to be defined by expensive apartments, while the outer edges for those who can’t afford such prices.  For Stockholm Stacked, Visiondivision responds to this segregated city by proposing a change in planning regulations to eliminate height restrictions on courtyard typologies, so as to utilize the urban spaces for efficiently and effectively.   After all, “Who wants to move to a city where it is impossible to get an apartment? Which companies wants to invest in a city where their employees may have a hard time to find a place to stay? Which exchange students wants to study in a city where all the free time available will go to find a small flat with a decent rent?” asks the firm. More about the project after the break.

Spire / Visiondivision

Spire © Visiondivision
Spire © Visiondivision

Last week, we shared a great series of modular summer residences by Visiondivision that ranged from a small cabin to a massive castle. In the meantime, the firm has also been working on a competition proposal to replace a church in Våler, a small Norwegian town, after a devastating fire. For a firm that typically takes a standard design approach and then reinvents it or inverts it to form a completely new paradigm, we were impressed by their ability to bring a simplistic elegance to this religious structure. More about the church after the break.

Spröjs Series / Visiondivision

Series © Visiondivision
Series © Visiondivision

Just in time for the warm weather, Visiondivison has shared a great collection of summer houses with us.  Entitled the Spröjs Series, the residences stem from an organizing modular system present in their built project Spröjs House (previously featured on AD).  And, in this collection, in typical Visiondivision fashion, the firm has exploited the potential of the module and crafted residences ranging from a simple shed and cabin to a crazy castle. Check out the range of residences after the break.

The Patient Gardener / Visiondivision

© Visiondivision
© Visiondivision

During the week-long MIAW2 workshop by Politecnico di Milano, Visiondivision served as guest professors and worked closely with students to generate new ideas about the essence of green design in terms of, resilience, recycling, and ethical consciousness. For the workshop, the architects constructed a study retreat on campus where the final result can be enjoyed in 60 years.  With patience as the main key for the design, “we can reduce the need for transportation, waste of material and different manufacturing processes, simply by helping nature grow in a more architectonic and useful way,” explained the architects.

More about the project after the break. 

Chop Stick / Visiondivision

© Visiondivision
© Visiondivision

Paper Cut Parlor / Visiondivision

At the end of this summer, our friends from Visiondivision will complete their latest commission, a waiting room for a private athletic clinic in Stockholm.  By separating the clinic from the larger hospital, the architects were able to create a peaceful haven within the institution.  This new section boasts a more refreshing environment that is brightly illuminated and designed for comfort. More about the clinic and more images after the break.

Spröjs House / Visiondivision

House at Dusk  © Visiondivision
House at Dusk © Visiondivision

Check out Visiondivision’s latest work – a  residential extension to an old Swedish house. Expanding upon the clients’ taste in the traditional Swedish houses with mullion windows, or ‘spröjs’ in Swedish, the team set out to exploit the building component by introducing  ”a huge mullion window as its main feature.” The mullion window becomes the focal point of the house as it covers the front facade and opens toward the garden that slopes toward the nearby lake. More images and more about the residence after the break.

Heaven / Visiondivision

© Visiondivision
© Visiondivision

A few days ago, we shared Visiondivision’s Nature’s Choice – a series of vacation homes that attempt to blend into their unique site placement.  The firm just shared their latest competition entry for a hotel room atop a cloud. Presented in a comic strip, the proposal delivers a temporary hotel room to accommodate visitors of the 2012 London Olympic games. More about the hotel room after the break.

Nature's Choice / Visiondivision

Stone and Wood © Visiondivision
Stone and Wood © Visiondivision

Our friends from Visiondivision shared their latest vacation home for two families in Sweden with us. The coastal site, which has been included on the world heritage list due to its outstanding land uplift geology, has two different levels – an upper level of untouched wood and a lower one of a rocky meadow. The project draws inspiration from the site as its unique arrangement beckons any built structure to blend into its environment. As the site incorporates two very different areas, the architects saw three potential alternatives for the site: either a wooden house set amidst the forest level, a stone house that lies in close connection with the rock outcrops, or, the more challenging alternative of how to appeal to both types of nature present on the site. More about the project after the break.

Noah's House / Visiondivision

© Visiondivision. Photo by Clive Jenkins
© Visiondivision. Photo by Clive Jenkins

The Hollow / Visiondivision

© Visiondivision
© Visiondivision

Recently, we shared Visiondivision’s Cancer City project – if you haven’t seen it, be sure to check it out as the firm’s fresh outlook results in a new kind of landscape for the animals. Moving from designing a new metropolis for crayfish, the architects have switched gears for their latest project to create a sukkah for an annual Jewish harvest festival.   The proposal is part of the New York competition for Sukkah City (be sure to view the finalists here), which asked participants to re-imagine the temporary pavilion by developing new methods of material practice and parametric design.  For Visiondivison’s proposal, the organic pavilion changes the conditions for social interaction and behavior within a simplistic structure of compression. More images and more about the proposal after the break.

Cancer City / Visiondivision

© Visiondivision
© Visiondivision

The Peak Series / Visiondivision

90 m2 - exterior
90 m2 - exterior

Deer Grotto / Visiondivision

For their latest commission, Visiondivision addressed the extension of an 18th century cottage with their typical offbeat approach (check out their other projects previously featured on AD).  Abiding by the clients’ request for the house to blend in with the environment, particularly from the one side where the client’s conservative mother “has her cottage and watchful eyes”, the extension becomes a unobtrusive living space that is part of the earth, making it appear “almost invisible”.

More images and more about the extension after the break.

Capilla para el Tio / Visiondivision

Visiondivision never fails to share interesting projects with us, whether it be their zoo/waterfall or their latest – a chapel for Tio, an evil devil that owns a mountain in Bolivia. As unusual as it may sound, miners in Bolivia are faced with awful working conditions inside a mountain, and claim that Tio is responsible for claiming the 8 million lives that have been lost within the mountain.  The project is a shrine to Tio, and will serve as a place the miners can leave gifts for the devil so he does not harm the men working in the mountain.

More about the shrine and more images after the break.