Outside Basel in the calm neighbourhood of Binningen, Switzerland, this semi-detached house by KOHLE... More
This house in Turkey by URA Studio could variously be described as contemporary, vernacular, holistic, a home/office solution for our times. Called the U house, it comprises two concrete shells that accommodate an array of spaces. The larger shell houses the main living area, kitchen and a mezzanine workspace. The small shell contains two identical bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. A connecting space between the two shells opens to both the front and back of the house, creating a covered courtyard with open counter bar.
Arching over the earth, the concrete shells create a sense of lightness and are scaled and crafted to be sensitive to human scale. A total of three materials are used: concrete, local stone and oak. The layout of the building mirrors and pays respect to the vernacular structures and homes of the surrounding area.
Mainly natural airflow is used for ventilation, while a hybrid solar system for electrical and natural water comes from an artesian well.