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October 2018

#267
October 2018

From oversized volumes and rounded forms to fluid metal mesh and prismatic surfaces, AZURE’s October issue examines the concepts, materials and processes promising to redefine our spaces over the coming 12 months and beyond.

Excavation material from Ring House, decaArchitecture’s hill-hugging project in Crete, is used to restore a scarred terrain.

With rare exceptions, construction projects are almost always impositions on their physical surroundings. File Ring House, a striking island residence by decaArchitecture on the southern coast of Crete, squarely among the anomalies.

The low-slung, horseshoe-shaped building not only hugs its hillside setting, virtually disappearing into the arid, sandy slope, but the material excavated during construction was used to restore some of the site’s original topography, which had been marred by roadwork and other human incursions. Prior to the home’s construction, seeds had also been collected from native flora and then cultivated in a greenhouse to grow a fresh supply, which was sown over the repaired landscape to create new swaths of plants.

Swaths of native shrubbery dot the restored landscape, which had been carved up by roadways.

The house itself is made of rough stone and untreated wood, the envelope capped with concrete beams that provide an unobtrusive roofline, create shaded areas and harbour solar collection panels.

According to the architects, two guest houses are also planned for the site. It’s safe to assume that they will be just as thoughtful – and discreet – as their larger forebear.

This story was taken from the October 2018 issue of Azure. Buy a copy of the issue here, or subscribe here.

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