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A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design

A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design
A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design

From the publisher. July issue of a+u is focused on retreats, in particular the places where people spend their free time. Retreats, where functional necessities are not the priority, portray the essential lifestyle that the residents desire. And, from there, an image of a house reflecting back the everyday emerges.

The sites abundant in nature present vast landscape to the residents. At the same time, they lack basic infrastructure, materials, or technology that would be readily available when designing a house in cities. Because of such shortages, architects are encouraged to put their experimental concepts into practice.

This issue explores how the ideal image of a house and architect's experimental concept are unified and conceived as a retreat when the situation is "missing" something.


Feature:Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design 
Essay: The Lived Metaphor / Juhani Pallasmaa  

Javier Corvalán + Laboratorio de Arquitectura / Casa Hamaca 
Benjamin Garcia Saxe / A Forest for a Moon Dazzler 
Casey Brown Architecture / Permanent Camping 
Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects / Hut on Sleds 
Shim-Sutcliffe Architects / Harrison Island Camp 
Studio Mumbai / Utsav House 
Fearon Hay Architects / Island Retreat 
Rick Joy Architects / Adobe Canyon House 
Cecilia Puga / The Vaulted House 
Pascal Flammer / House in Balsthal 
Buchner Bründler Architects / Casa D’Estate  
General Architecture / Summer House  
Tham & Videgård Arkitekter / Creek House  
GLUCK+ / Lakeside Retreat  
Jon Lott – PARA / Haffenden House
spbr arquitetos / Weekend House in Downtown São Paulo

Project report: The Philosophy of Living Architecture /Alain de Botton 
David Kohn Architects / A Room for London  
Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL / Dune House  
MVRDV / Balancing Barn 

136 Pages / 292mm x 219mm / English/Japanese

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Cite: Diego Hernández. "A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design" 22 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884