Thursday, 31 May 2012

A Personal Subway from Russia, with Love

by fosco lucarelli

Longtime I had this fascination for people spontaneously creating new artificial territories, self proclaimed republics, diy infrastructures.
Diggers, or people who literally investigate the underground to create an illusory yet concrete alternative domain, are among these, usually the more solitary. Remember the man who completely excavated the floor under his house, risking a collapse, until he was discovered by his neighbors?
Altering the foundation of what we are used to, sometimes means to question reality. In the following case, it means a life’s goal. 27 years have passed since Leonid Murlyanchik, a Russian retiree now 69, started digging a personal subway system under his house in Lebedyan. The work, which is still incomplete, is destined to connect his home to his neighbors’ houses, and the neighborhood to the local train station. The primary 6 km tunnel was originally conceived to link Murlyanchik’s house to that of Ekaterina, a girl he liked from the neighborhood.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

AVA Architects: Chão das Giestas House

AVA Architects | Chão das Giestas House
The house evolves having the planimetry of the city (Guarda-Portugal) as a background. The place, in peripheral context, is profoundly different from the center because of the recently urbanization, the natural territory was depersonalized by the topographic changes caused by that. more here....

Monday, 28 May 2012

Pael House by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen

© Cristobal Palma
Architects: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Location: Concepcion, Chile
Architecture Photographs: Cristobal Palma

sketches 01
We decided to test the archetypical features of the suburban house. This exercise was never as explicit as the conciliation required by the formalities of the case: a suburban dwelling in a neighborhood of detached houses. As the rest of the residences, this was a big house in a plot too small for such a size; a house that had to look like one (for the sake of the neighbors mental peace); a house made of “material” (a local expression referring to the unquestioned solidity of concrete constructions) that would never age (for the peace of mind of the owners).

© Cristobal Palma

sections 01
In an almost automatic move we proposed a heavy and clumsy rectangular prism that echoed the cornered site tucked away at the end of the street; we projected an extension of the plot in two elevated dry patios; we planned a piece that unified the silhouette of four pitched roofs, not too different from the naïve outlines of a child’s drawing; we built a secondary pigmented concrete wall that was repaired several times during its crafted fabrication and that was build in layers so that each new one spilled itself over the previous one. “It’s the weeping house” a carpenter said while he varnished the boards of the furniture “perhaps the only way to avoid aging is to be born old”. Of the four infantile silhouettes only the one closest to the street does not have a base. It is a transversal block suspended over the little remaining air offered by the neighborhood’s square.

axo 01

© Cristobal Palma
from ARCHDAILY thank you

When Colomina talks about Graham’s inbuilt project she teaches us that “since each house in the urbanization faces an almost identical one across the street, its window becomes another identification screen, a kind of mirror”. In this case, the mirror occupies a place unreachable to the direct eye. It is a disproportioned showcase that allows intruders to enter only when they look from a distance.