Right now around the world architects are experimenting with forms of creation. From shaping spaces to be enjoyable living spaces to reinventing how we chop wood and pour concrete to create new forms. All of these are in pursuit of creating a better lifestyle for human beings. We have never truly stopped reinventing our caves and nests.
These little oasis’s don’t need to be opulent and expensive. They can be sparse and simple. When you go to design your next home or retreat, maybe these following examples can provide some inspiration for what’s possible, and what to keep in mind.
Created as an experiment of what’s possible to be done with technology by HANNAH office in Upstate New York, the Ashen Cabin is built using robots and 3D printing, hence its layer cake aesthetic.
The base is 3D printed concrete using RCL’s self-built 3D printer called Deadalus. The wooden part of the structure was worked by a KUKA KR200/2 robotic arm cutting Ash branches into flat strips and then assembled around the concrete structure. Each branch used for cutting was 3D scanned and catalogued prior to being cut. It’s a wild concept, and the final product looks incredible as well.
The context of the environment should always inform the shape of the final project. In this case, it’s using hard geometric simplicity to juxtapose with the beauty of the surrounding wildlife.
Designed by Estudio Diagonal this retreat was designed to be a place to rest and disconnect from work nestled in a rainforest near La Unión city, south of Chile.
The interior is utilitarian but functional.
Burasiri Pattanakarn Clubhouse
Designed by Baiyah Studio in Thailand, this club designed for local residents of the Burasiri Pattanakarn Housing Estate reinterprets the concept of “Resort” for local living. Its footprint is long and narrow but it used triangular verticles to give it large opulence without needing to sprawl. Two buildings overlap each other providing different activities and environments.
Modern materials were used to give it a warm and luxurious tone. This includes Cedar shingle roofing, natural stone and artificial wood with large windows. This is all accented with a dark grey Aluminum Composite.