In what we have nicknamed ‘the housing issue’, Mark #68 brings you a whopping 24 new homes from around the globe. From a hand-built holiday rental in Chile to a beach house in Sydney, there’s plenty to dig your teeth into in this issue of Mark.
An organically-shaped house on the outskirts of Prague is elevated above the ground and unconventionally supported by a single concrete column. Czech firm Sépka Architects claims that the ‘whimsical-looking decision saved a lot of money [and avoided] difficult conditions which would have made a classical foundation more demanding’ – that, and it really looks quite impressive.
In Tokyo, the latest project from Kochi Architect’s Studio plays on the firm’s affinity for angular cut-outs, visual perspectives and splashes of colour. Ana House shows why doors are probably overrated and just as much privacy can be gained by cutting irregular openings out of the walls, floor and ceilings.
It’s not all about houses, though. Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture focuses on the relationship between buildings and landscape, following the contours of a highly-topographic site to realise a nine-tiered school in Revin, France. With the majority of the 18,000 sq-m site covered in green roofing, it would be fairly easy – amongst the planted landscape – to miss this altogether if we didn’t point it out to you!
In other news: we investigate how so-called ‘touristic architecture’ is shaping cities like Barcelona; Vens and Vanbelle show off their most recent projects with an unusual photographic approach; and Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes talks about her first 1825 days as an architect at OMA – and what happened next.
Duncan Lewis / Scape; Camp Design; Studio Selva; Barclay&Crousse; Izquierdo Lehmann; KWK Promes / Robert Konieczny; TD Architects; Tetsuo Kondo; Compangie-O; Vo Trong Nghia; Ard de Vries; Barkow Leibinger; HyperSity; Noah Hawley / Michael Wylie; Ryu Mitarai; MNM
Perspective: Tourism in Barcelona
• Rafael Gómez-Moriana discusses Barcelona’s touristic architecture: new buildings designed specifically to appeal to visitors
• Daniel Mòdol fights the negative effects of tourism
• Francesc Muñoz discusses urban tourism in the age of interchangeability
• Atelier Vens Vanbelle pursues unconstrained and personal architecture
• Savioz Fabrizzi tries to integrate its buildings into their surroundings
• Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes: My first 1,825 days as an architect
• Executive architects do at least half the work but often get none of the glory
• Jan Šépka enriches an ordinary neighbourhood in Prague with an oddly shaped house supported by a single column
• Kazuyasu Kochi likes to make cuts in walls, floors and ceilings
• Custom Tree Builders makes a living out of producing miniature trees for architectural models
• Immersive environment technologies are reshaping the way architects communicate with clients
• Chenchow Little builds a brave new beach house in Coogee, a coastal suburb of Sydney
• David Jenkins talks about making books, selling books and writing architecture criticism