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.... More