Amunt - Architekten Martenson Und Nagel Theissen - the winners of this year's AR House Awards
Earlier last week, architects Bjorn Martenson, Sonja Nagel and Jan Theissen of Amunt practice have been announced the winners of the first prize in this year’s edition of AR House Awards for their passively heatable and partly pre-fabricated single family home project, ‘Just K, Zero Energy House‘.
Organised by Architectural Review and held at the Laufen Forum, the AR House Awards were awarded for the second time. Here, the winning trio explains why they decided to build the house as a solid wood construction, what is the difference between designing a public building or a private house and what does the award mean to them. (more…)
Four-cornered villa by Avanto Architects; photo by Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield
This sustainable cross-shaped villa tucked away on an island near the Finnish town of Virrat has been completed by the Helsinki-based practice of Anu Puustinen and Ville Hara, Avanto Architects.
Quintessentially Nordic, the 78-square-meters house has no running water and is solely dependent on solar energy while the good insolation and wood-fueled heating system make the villa carbon-neutral. (more…)
Integer Bamboo House by Oval Partnership
The Hong Kong-based multi-disciplinary practice specilising in sustainable lifestyle projects Oval Partnership has realised this two-storey bamboo house located in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. The world’s first multi-storey house developed in this fast-growing environmentally friendly natural material, Integer Bamboo has a light, highly durable structure which has been designed specifically for the hilly region of western China. (more…)
'PO.LIN.S' by marco acerbis studio
The Bergamo based architect Marco Acerbis has been known for his designs for companies such as Alias, Desalto and Fontana Arte. With this multifunctional building for the Portogruaro Council and Portogruaro Campus (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice) he recently unveiled his newest architectural project. The Polo per l’Innovazione Strategica is certified CasaClima Class A+, it is made of eco sustainable materials and uses only renewable energy fonts like FV solar panels and geothermal power.
Woonhuis Weijnen 2.0, photo by I See For You / Föllmi Photography
The Dutch practice FARO Architecten recently completed this energy-neutral row house in Ijburg near Amsterdam, built according the cradle-tocradle principles. The CO2-reduction of 100% was realized by bringing the house to a passive house level with an insulation value of Rc=10 using triple glazing, 100% liquid-tight joints and heat exchangers. Even the insulation materials are organic.
A glazed window has been tucked into the front opening
The Truffle, aka “La Trufa”, is a piece of architecture that is not only characterised by its distinctive form, but also its extraordinary process of development.
Cutting the concrete with a quarry machine
As real truffles do, the shape of the hollow concrete rock “grew” in the earth. A hole was dug in the ground and the concrete was poured inside. To retain a hollow space within “La Trufa”, hay bales have been included in the volume.
Detail of the silicon-glazed window
To get rid of the hay from the interior, a calf called Paulina was brought in; she enjoyed 50m3 of the nicest food, which she ate for a year. She left a healthy adult, weighing 300 kilos.
Entrance into the core of "La Trufa"
After that, a quarry machine was used to reveal the core again and create openings. The small holiday house situated on the Costa da Morte in Spain provides a shower, toilet and a bed with a view, but, as the project’s name “La Trufa” suggests, a kitchen wasn’t necessary: the Spanish Atlantic coast boasts of a wide range of restaurants which impress even spoiled gourmet food lovers.
The bed with a view is located directly in front of the generous window, which floods the cave-like interior with light
Although the inside seems to be hewn out of natural rock, the volume has been constructed out of concrete