Course Description The course explores five houses where the setting is not only critical to the buildings, but also offers an alternative to urban life. These homes are independent, but they do share the same architectural language. The setting is integral to the project, which is illustrated through the use of an introductory text, images, sketches, outlines, technical drawings and a design detail drawing of the construction system. The course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the design strategies adopted to create a relationship between the houses and the landscape, thus achieving both an individual identity and seamless integration into nature.
Learning Objectives After reading this article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
To describe the design strategies and methods used to harmoniously insert the buildings into the landscape with minimal environmental impact.
To provide a reasoned explanation of how architecture and nature actually relate.
To justify the design choices underlying the materials selected to create buildings in harmony with the natural lines and colours of the land.
To illustrate how the composition of the buildings influences the internal layout and thus living comfort, and how it affects the organisation of the surrounding spaces, which become the final piece in the project.