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Turning a House into a Home
2018 Best of Design Awards winners for Residential — Single Unit
Located on a mountain three hours outside of Mexico City, the Terreno House addresses two contradictory conditions: seclusion and aperture. Designed by Fernanda Canales, the project’s thick brickwork facade provides protection against the extreme weather of the area, where temperatures often fluctuate 50 degrees on a given day. The home is laid out around four courtyards. Built in different shapes and sizes, each opens up to the project’s surroundings. These voids help frame key aspects of the dramatic landscape. The first, curved patio acts as a transitional space between the exterior and interior, while the second, central patio shifts the program from public to private spaces. A third patio leads to a rooftop terrace, and a fourth provides ventilation and sun to the service area. Each courtyard works to create a different atmosphere and frames the surrounding landscape. While Terreno House’s exterior is clad in brick and its curvilinear roof in green clay tiles, its interior features softer surfaces. A long corridor connects six bedrooms before reaching a shared open-plan living and dining room. In this space, wood and concrete are used to articulate different elements: built-in book cases, a wall-integrated fireplace, and an arched concrete ceiling. The contrast of warm wood and gray concrete carries through in the choice of furniture and upholstery.
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My dear friends, I wish you had given me a chance to explain to you what is going on before you throw your stones: "Schumacher's ... behavior ... thwarting Zaha's last wishes." Are we no longer on first name terms? Have you seen Zaha's letter of wishes? Let's talk soon.
The controversy at the heart of the back-and-forth revolves around Schumacher's lawsuit against the three other executors of Hadid's estate. Those executors characterized Schumacher's suit as an attempt by him to take total control of Hadid's property and legacy. Schumacher, however, disagrees with this characterization and said that he is just trying to align the execution of Hadid's estate with her true wishes, known to him. AN reached out to Schumacher for comment, but he did not respond. To catch up on the controversy, check out previous coverage here and here.Dear Patrik, I think, as old friends of Zaha's, we are morally obliged to distinguish (and protect) her "legacy" from her "business". She always tried to make time for her old friends, despite or maybe because of the alienation of fame. Eventually she was everywhere before she arrived; it became exhausting. We need to reciprocate. This might have been an interesting discussion amongst friends and colleagues, including you, about how legacy and inspiration might, in the end, be more important than assets? Unfortunately you took it into the coldness of The High Court, instead of inviting this discussion? Way, way back then, when Zaha had won the Peak competition, but hadn't built a building, I managed through a colleague in New York, to get her as the front of an invited team pitching in the Times Square redevelopment. After she met with the production architect and developer carnivores, she called me. She said, more or less, "Fish, they want me for my body, not my mind". I said, tell them to get f....d. She did. Her mind lives on..... Rodney
It is well known that in recent years, and in years to come, energy codes for buildings have and will continue to become stricter. This is driven by a desire to reduce the environmental impact of a building as well as to reduce the cost to maintain that building.
One area that many look to when trying to improve a building is in its windows. Older buildings, created decades ago, or longer, were fitted with single pieces of monolithic glass, providing poor insulation. Eventually, IGUs, or insulated glass units, were created to improve insulation. IGUs were created using 2 pieces of glass and a spacer and therefore were much thicker than the original windows. Unfortunately, this meant choosing improved insulation at the sacrifice of the building's original appearance. Additionally, switching to the IGUs also meant the costly process of ripping out the original window sashes.
Finally, VIG, or Vacuum Insulated Glazing was created to provide the best of both worlds. Pilkington Spacia™ is the first commercially available vacuum insulated glazing product and it provides the thermal insulation of an IGU at the thickness of a standard monolithic piece of glass. Pilkington Spacia™ is now available in North America.