On the edge of wilderness

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about on the edge of wilderness

Project • By Petra Gipp ArkitekturPrivate Houses

FORESTER’S HOUSE AND SERVICE BUILDING

The magazine ARKITEKTURENS DEBUTANTPRIZE 2007Grimeton, VarbergThe nature reserve of Grimeton is part of Åkulla beech woods area east of the city of Varberg. It is a dramatic nature where the forester’s house and service building are solitarily placed.The forester’s house is quietly functional with its dark and reserved facade where only the entrance breaks the otherwise austere exterior. At the end of the walk along the ridge towards the house, a sight line through the entrance and the building provides a first glimpse of the magnificent view of the woods and the lake, which with its mist creates an almost bewitching atmosphere.The two volumes in tarred wood stand on an open foundation and are refined by details in cast in place concrete, z... More

Project • By Zaha Hadid ArchitectsMuseums

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (MMM Corones)

Embedded within the summit of Mount Kronplatz, 2,275m above sea level at the centre South Tyrol’s most popular ski resort, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones is surrounded by the alpine peaks of the Zillertal, Ortler and Dolomites. Established by renowned climber Reinhold Messner, the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum explores the traditions, history and discipline of mountaineering. © Hufton+Crow © www.wisthaler.com Messner, the first person to climb all 14 mountains around the world over 8,000 meters, and the first to climb Mount Everest without the aid of tanked oxygen, conveys his vision for the MMM Corones: “Kronplatz offers views beyond the borders of South Tyrol to all points of the compass: fr... More

Project • By Rebelo de AndradeHotels

Eco-resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas

The Eco Houses grew from a double conceptual root. On the one hand, ensuring the profitability of Pedras Salgadas Park as a tourist hotel project made the option between rehabilitating the existing hotel or building a new one a project that was as slow as it was costly. On the other hand, the organicity of the park itself actually suggests implementing these bungalows, which are small in comparison with a conventional hotel and much easier to conceal in the existing tree cover. The main characteristic is their modular nature. This fundamental detail continuously transforms the experience of those who lodge there. Any of the houses – consisting of a hall, bathroom, sitting room and bedroom – allows for multiple layouts, so that it was possib... More

Project • By GROUPE H Architecture & EngineeringResidential Landscape

Refuge du Goûter

The New Goûter Refuge at 3,835 m on Mont Blanc Positioned with stunning overhangs on the "Aiguille du Goûter" (Goûter Needle), the refuge welcomes mountaineers on the final stage of their conquest of Europe's highest peak. The building, a wooden structure with metal cladding, represents a real structural and technical challenge when faced with the laws of nature. The programme: The refuge must accommodate 120 people. It has a floor surface area of 720 m2. The ratio set by the FFCAM, The French Federation of Alpine Mountaineering Clubs, the client, is 6m2 per person. The building is designed on four levels : - Level 0: foyer, cloakrooms, store room and 'engine' room. - Level 1: communal living areas including, in particular, a... More

Project • By Saunders ArchitectureIndividual Buildings

Squish Studio

Fogo Island, located about twelve miles off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, supports a population of twenty-five hundred people. This raw yet poetic place, at its most dramatic appears as a barren, wild and windswept landscape, comprised of stark boulders that sit on extensive outcroppings of granite bedrock that rise above Fogo Island’s thin layer of soil and lichens. It is a place of stun- ning beauty and the setting for an exciting sociological and economic experiment in which architecture, as a vital component within the fabrication of culture and the identity of a place, plays a central role. Long ago, people came to this island in the Labrador Current for fish, seals, birds and berries, and while these reasons continu... More

Project • By Saunders ArchitectureIndividual Buildings

Bridge Studio

Fogo Island, located about twelve miles off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, supports a population of twenty-five hundred people. This raw yet poetic place, at its most dramatic appears as a barren, wild and windswept landscape, comprised of stark boulders that sit on extensive outcroppings of granite bedrock that rise above Fogo Island’s thin layer of soil and lichens. It is a place of stun- ning beauty and the setting for an exciting sociological and economic experiment in which architecture, as a vital component within the fabrication of culture and the identity of a place, plays a central role. Long ago, people came to this island in the Labrador Current for fish, seals, birds and berries, and while these reasons continu... More

Project • By Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Staked Cabin

This modest, 880 square-foot cabin for a young family sits at the edge of a small clearing, its compact volume nestled into the densely wooded hillside in a remote Wisconsin forest. The tight budget required a rigorously simple structure. In order to minimize the building’s footprint and take advantage of the sloped site, the horizontally organized components of a traditional cabin compound – typically an open-plan longhouse with communal living space, an outhouse, and a freestanding toolshed – were reconfigured and stacked vertically. The bottom level, carved into the hill and accessible from the clearing, houses a small workshop, equipment storage, and a washroom, providing the infrastructural base for the living quarters above. A wood... More

Project • By Gracia StudioPrivate Houses

Endémico Resguardo Silvestre

Located in Valle de Guadalupe «Mexico’s Wine Country», Baja California,Endémico Resguardo Silvestre is a set of twenty independent rooms of twenty square meters each, operated by Grupo Habita, a Design Hotels member; established within a surface of 99 hectares, part of the Encuentro Guadalupe development, which includes a winery as well as a residential area. One of the principal premises was not to interfere directly the land, as part of the philosophy of the project is to respect nature in every possible way. The availability of steel by our client leads to the design of the clean structure with this material, which elevates the skeleton of the room, to avoid contact with the soil. The employment of corten steel to cover it, which over... More

Project • By Rintala Eggertsson ArchitectsWatch Towers

SELJORD LOOKOUT POINTS

The myth about a sea serpent in the lake of Seljord has become an integral part of how the local people of Telemark conceive its majestic landscape. Tales about mysterious phenomena in the lake have flourished for centuries and are a natural part of the daily life in the area. In 2008, the municipality of Seljord decided to use this mythical feature as a point of departure for a development programme for the area. They commissioned Rintala Eggertsson Architects to design different lookout points around the lake to ease the access for local population and visitors to experience the lake at some important places. The assignment was divided into two parts; first to design three small installations in the mid- and southeast section of t... More

Project • By TYIN TegnestueUniversities

Cassia Coop Training Centre

The work on Cassia Coop Training Centre started during the autumn of 2010. It all began with a visit from a French businessman, Patrick Barthelemy. He had come all the way from Sumatra to our office in Trondheim, and sat before us with a fascinating story and a briefcase full of cinnamon. Part of the story told of how an area of Sumatra supplies 85 % of the cinnamon consumed worldwide. Yet another and more sinister part of the story concerned workers without rights, underpaid and working long days in unsafe and unsanitary factories. The story made an impression on us. After a year of planning we found ourselves deep within the cinnamon forests of Sumatra, ready to design and build a sustainable cinnamon school for local farmers and workers.... More

Project • By LEAPfactoryResearch Facilities

LEAP – living in nature on tip-toe

This, the first alpine refuge of the latest generation, provides the optimal combination of comfort, safety and respect for the environment. It was installed in mid October on the Freboudze glacier, in front of the spectacular East face of the Grandes Jorasses of the Mont Blanc Range. It is now ready for use by mountaineers and climbers. The Gervasutti refuge was commissioned by CAI Torino, the Italian Alpine Club. Under the guidance of SUCAI the subsection of CAI Torino and the Ski Mountaineering School, the project was realised thanks to the works team coordinated by the project managers Luca Gentilcore and Stefano Testa. The refuge represents the pinnacle of achievement of LEAPfactory, (the acronym means Living, Ecological, Alpine Po... More

Project • By EMFCultural Centres

Tudela-Culip (Club Med) restoration project in ‘Cap de Creus’ Cape

Project Statement This project is a showcase for landscape driven nature restoration projects. It turns a demolition order, a purely and strictly habitat reclamation, into a creative landscape restoration development. Through necessarily inexpensive actions, the design skilfully construes and orchestrates the deconstruction as a combination of destruction and construction to celebrate the site’s peculiarities, both natural and cultural. It proposes ways to choreograph on-site visitors into a narrative that stimulates the culture in nature in an innovative approach to finally question whether erasing and voiding is just as valid as filling in and adding. Project Narrative Precedents In 196, Club Med was constructed on the easter... More

Project • By Regional AssociatesHotels

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Background Upon arrival in Africa, the typical five star safari tourist; adorned in the latest adaptable khaki outfit, mosquito repellent in pocket and anti-malarials on hand, is whisked away in the air conditioned ‘safety’ of a chauffeur driven Land Rover to the fenced in exclusivity of a ‘Safari Lodge.’ Such lodges, often masquerading as environmental ‘buffer zones’, straddle national park boundaries and provide a well rehearsed Disneyfied ‘African experience’ complete with traditional dance, village tours and craft markets, all manufactured for tourist consumption. Ross Langdon, one of the founding directors of Regional Associates, first came to Uganda in 2009 on the invitation of Volcanoes Safaris, a leading eco-tourism and great... More

Project • By SudArchTheaters

OPEN AIR THEATRE IN PENTEDATTILO VILLAGE (RC)

The intervention affects the internal area of Melito Porto Salvo’s territory, on the ionic coast in Calabria, at the top of a 250 metres a.s.l. natural terrace, that seems quite ready to be environmentally developed and that offers an outstanding landscape: the ancient village of Pentedattilo, a historic and natural heritage, is situated over the plateau, embedded into the rock at about 500 metres; downstream are the fiumara S.Elia, the Jonio Sea and, in the background, the western Sicily coast with Ebrodi mounts and Etna’s outlines. Aiming to greatly develop this area’s peculiarities, the theatre models itself on the natural ground’s profile, with the Cavea drawn by iron press-formed curved flanks that essentially represent the treatment... More
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Project • By ARCHIPLANSculptures

Percorso paesaggistico culturale nel Basso Mincio

Architectures for the historical landscape in the lower Mincio The Mincio of Virgil Introduction The work is defined by a series of lightweight structures that shepherd the users of the area, located in the Regional Park of the Mincio, through a path of historical, cultural and environmental interpretation, which can enhance aspects of excellence in the area of the lower course of the river. The realisation of the architectures provides for the establishment of centers of interpretation which have as their main cultural attraction the figure of the Roman poet Virgil and the integration of his poetry with contemporary river landscape. Project The rest areas are configured as local landmarks that mark and measure the pedestri... More