THE PLAN 153, the second issue of 2024
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THE PLAN 153, the second issue of 2024

THE PLAN 153, the second issue of 2024
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THE PLAN 153 is a special issue focused on architecture-designed homes. The cover is dedicated to Hill House Montecito, a project by California studio Donaldson + Partners.

The issue opens with a conversation between Philip Jodidio and Lord Norman Foster. Entitled “The Inner Life of Systems,” their discussion traces the almost sixty-year career of the English architect through the connections between his past and present, all while highlighting Foster’s innate curiosity and ability to listen.

In the Journey to Italy column, Valerio Paolo Mosco discusses Studio Fuksas, led by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas. The article focuses on the studio’s principal works, divided into two categories: pure architecture and works with a pronounced design emphasis.

Our look at North America begins on Mayne Island, Canada, where Measured Architecture designed Shor House, built primarily with recycled wood from old structures. This approach required a new way of thinking, centered on finding resources through “deconstruction.” The house is entirely powered by renewable energy.

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We continue with Hill House, designed by Donaldson + Partners in Montecito, California. The residence stands out for the way it integrates with the surrounding landscape as well as an enormous attention to detail. With its fully planted roof that hides part of the structure, the home merges into the landscape, while its interior spaces dialogue with the outside through large windows.

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The last project in North America is Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Los Angeles, owned by businessman and arts patron James Goldstein. The house, the topic of the Masterpiece column, blends architecture with nature through large windows and the use of essential materials, such as concrete, steel, and timber. After buying the home from the former owners 50 years ago, Goldstein renovated it himself, working first with John Lautner, the architect who originally designed the house for the Sheats family, then with Duncan Nicholson, and, finally, with James Perry and Kristopher Conner.

In Chile, Guimpert Atelier Architecture designed G+D House. The challenge of this project was the extreme local climatic conditions, including blistering sun and strong winds, which the architect responded to with a marked ability to adapt to special circumstances. The architect has created simple architecture integrated into its setting and with views of the ocean.

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Casa no Meco, designed by Fábio Ferreira Neves in the Portuguese village of Aldeia do Meco, stands out for its rethinking of Mediterranean architectural traditions, integrating them with innovative solutions for contemporary living.

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Trigueiros Architecture has designed a home on Lake Magelungen, near Stockholm, that harmonizes with the rich local biodiversity while responding to the clients’ brief. The volumes of the house, inspired by the Case Study Houses developed in the US in the 1950s and ’60s, integrate harmoniously with the surrounding landscape, with large openings that blur the boundary between inside and out.

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Valerio Paolo Mosco has also penned an article about GGAGardini Gibertini Architetti, a practice that embodies the new generation of Italian architects, combining European influences while shying away from 1990’s deconstructivism. The article looks at the firm’s HV Pavilion, architecture that reflects an elemental approach inspired by Mediterranean architecture.

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Closing this themed issue is the Interior section, dedicated to D’Aquino Monaco’s project for an apartment in Central Park South, New York. The interiors express a vision of the contemporary through iconic furniture, works of art, and surprising finishes, while maintaining a balance between art gallery-like spaces and the functionality of a home.

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THE PLAN 153 is a special themed issue dedicated to architect-designed homes. In the editorial, Philip Jodidio talks to Norman Foster, while in his Viaggio in Italia column, Valerio Paolo Mosco discusses Studio Fuksas. This is followed by a focus on ... Read More

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