Plantahof Auditorium by Valerio Olgiati (CH)

Plantahof Auditorium by Valerio Olgiati; photo by Javier Miguel Verme

This sombre, monolithic auditorium located in Landquart District, Switzerland, was completed by a Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati in 2010. Encompassing a 270-square-meters hall with a capacity of more than one hundred seats, the anthracite concrete structure ‘stretches over the pillars and beams’ which are supported by abutments located outside of the building. More about the development:   ‘The placement of […]

Braga’s House by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes (PT)

Braga’s House by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes; photo by Nelson Garrido

This angular, white concrete-clad detached house has been developed by an interdisciplinary Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes. Specialising not only in architecture, but also in engineering, stage design, design, urban planning, landscape architecture, media and editing, the Portuguese practice have based the project on ‘an idea of a concrete box with a strong geometric complexity’. Composed of three […]

What We Liked This Week in Projects

The Bush House in the City by MMP Architects

This week was a good week in architecture. So, naturally, it was a good week at Architizer. We had a great pool of projects come in from all over, from France to Mexico and two from Spain, which continues to produce a scarily high number of excellent architectural projects. We mulled over the best of the bunch and selected a handful of our favorites from the last 5 days to share with you.

First up is the Bush House in the City, a getaway in every sense of the word. While we’re still trying to figure out what about this sleek, lush retreat qualifies as a bush house or where exactly the city referenced in the name is, all you need to know is in the photos (namely, the money shot above). Click on through for more projects!

The Garage in the Garden

The greatest fun about superhero/supervillain lairs is that they are typically situated within a natural landscape, marvels of engineering wholly concealed from prying eyes under a veil of trees, stone, and flora. In most cases, the intervention is more wholesale demolition than strategic programming and integration, with the land and its contents being reduced to a thin green carpet draped over the elaborate structures lurking just beneath its surface. Which, of course, just adds to the sinister ambiance.

The “garagenatelier” by Swiss firm Peter Kunz Architektur definitely has something sinister about it. The project, a submerged parking complex/trophy case for the client’s Porsche collection, consists of five concrete apertures embedded into the side of a hill that overlooks a small village. Each of the enclosures is faced with a full-height glazed panel that exposes the vehicles to the exterior and which, when retracted, allow entry to the garage’s interior.

The partially submerged facility is lit mostly by natural sunlight which pours in from the large glass openings, but is also supplemented with subtle lighting. The garage can store up to eight vehicles at once, the order and arrangement of which can be changed at any time. At night, each of the featured cars is lit with special mood lighting, the inhabitants of the hamlet below resting peacefully under the auspices of German automotive engineering.

[via Ignant]