Dark grey stone, mahogany, detailed topography and the surrounding vegetation are combined to make LS House feel like it is part of nature. This project, set in Valle de Bravo, 180 kilometers from Mexico City, is a rustic residential proposal and at the same time a modern construction of purified lines.
A San Francisco family of four asked us to create a retreat from their urban lifestyle, reusing the footprint of an existing 1950s ranch house in Glen Ellen, California, while building in a consistent way with the area’s rolling hills and agricultural structures.
The Karioi retreat was not be used as a permanent residence and needed to be suitable for accommodating friends, family and short term boarders. Spatial considerations were to include sleeping spaces that could share amenities (but feel private), a boat shed, outdoor shower and rooms for bunks.
Komorebi House is a single-family dwelling designed for rent, a typology that has become common in the area and that carries the challenge to design for an anonymous but identifiable user, mostly young families moving from central to southern Chile.
We came in contact with the DH House through a very close client, who wanted to build a special affordable budget retirement home for him and his wife. With this as the starting point, the project takes a simple form with many low tech design strategies to reach its current state.
On a steep slope overlooking the sea lies Summerhouse Solviken. Twelve steel pillars lifts the house off the ground and places it level with the surrounding treetops. The elevated position amplifies its amazing views and distances it from the adjacent street.