This monolithic black concrete home in the mountains of Argentina is modern brutalism at its best

Nestled in the mountains of Córdoba is a black-stained concrete home called The Black House. Designed by Argentinian studio AR Arquitectos, the home occupies 550 square meters, and was commissioned to be built by a family. It is located in the small mountain town of La Calera, on the outskirts of Córdoba.

Designer: AR Arquitectos

“The principal idea was to break with the traditional premises. Our attention was placed on the choice of concrete as the protagonist material in all its senses,” said the studio.

The exterior of the home is marked by black-stained concrete, providing the home with a rather stark and bold aesthetic. It imparts the home with a sense of permanence and individuality. The home features two storeys, with the lower level partially sunken into the ground. Sturdy stairs lead to the main entrance, while a garage designed as a breezeway provides a lovely view of the home. The garage is populated with cars arranged like a ramp. The ground floor of the home showcases an open-concept layout and functions as the communal space of the home. This space is defined by sliding glass walls that open out to stunning views of the surrounding mountains “The ground floor, undermined in the terrain, gives visitors the experience of going through the project and framing the views it suggests. The interior and exterior merge thanks to the permeability that is achieved through large glazed surfaces, with windows that connect the interior space with a large gallery, pool, garden, and the view,” said the studio.

The back of the house features a covered space that enables the residents to lounge about in the outdoors while being protected from harsh sunlight. A double-height area equipped with a staircase is located next to the garage. This area boasts monolithic wooden treads cemented into the concrete wall.

“The staircase is one of the main elements, with the idea of expressing a material’s lightness over the robustness of another material, such as black concrete,” AR Arquitectos said.

The upper storey of the home features two bedrooms, a home office, and a long corridor. All the rooms have access to views of the city of Còrdoba. The master bedroom has a connecting terrace. It is also lined with a beautiful wood paneling. The wood used for the paneling is stronger and lighter than pine boards. The subtle and minimal materials used to create the interiors, perfectly contrast the dark exterior. A wood called Kiri was utilized to build slatted screens which cover up the windows.

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Special Edition Porsche Vision 357 is a modern interpretation of brand’s first sports car

Porsche has completed 75 years of passionate car making, and they’re celebrating in style with the Vision 357 concept. This special edition coupe is a nod to the iconic 356 Roadster, Porsche’s first-ever sports car that arrived in June 1948. The celebration model adopts its sloping flyline, broad shoulders and aero coverings.

The two-seater performance car is a self-birthday present imbibing the nostalgia of the 356 coupe DNA – fusing the past, present and future. As Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche pictured the concept to “feature proportions that are reminiscent of its historical archetype and details that visualize the outlook for the future.”

Designer: Porsche

This eye candy roadster is created on the Italian automaker’s 718 Cayman GT4 RS technology platform, boasting a horsepower of 493 thanks to the 4.0-liter flat-six engine. Gone are the door handles concealed behind the rear side glass for a sleeker look. So, how is the driver kept aware of things in the rear? Well, that’s taken care of by the embedded cameras. The signature GT4 RS origin is hinted at by the rear quarter-window intakes, feeding fresh air to the engine. 911 GT3 R elements are also apparent in the small splitters supported by cables and vents at the trailing edge of those 21-inch magnesium wheels.

Porsche chose to encapsulate the windshield around the A-pillars for a unique three-window element fused into one – just like a helmet visor. This reminds me of the brand’s Mission R EV race-car concept introduced back in 2021. Circuit racing personality is visually present in the form of “75” number decals on the door and hood, and “357” stickers on the front fenders and rear fascia. There are “Air” decals, and arrows pointing to the inlets and air intakes which are unique in their own rights. The roadster adorns dual-tone Ice Grey Metallic and Grivola Grey Metallic hues which are inspired by the factory shades of the 1950s.

The elements that hint towards its core concept DNA are the rounded headlight motifs and the subtle rear lights. All this leads me to believe it’s not going to be a production version anytime soon and only be restricted to being an eye-candy racer. Passionate Porsche fans can see the Vision 357 concept at a special exhibit in Berlin until mid-February, and later on at international automotive events later this year.

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Finally a voice-absorbing mask that lets you take calls in public “privately”

One of my pet peeves is people who take calls in public and talk noisily to whoever it is who’s calling. I don’t need to know your business whether it’s personal or actual business. But of course, there are times when it’s necessary that they take calls and they can’t find a quiet place to conduct their conversation. Earphones and headphones help reduce the annoyance but there needs to be another device to help protect noise levels and privacy.

Designer: PriestmanGoode

The voice-absorbing mask is now almost a reality as PriestmanGoode partnered with a French company called Skyted to add a jet engine silencer to it, albeit a miniaturised version. This way, the mask helps the user make calls without disturbing other people around them and also protect their privacy, especially in public areas. The mask also silences the noise around the caller, making it seem like you’re in a private room talking to each other.

The mask is also designed to be comfortable for the user, using an airflow system that is influenced by a jet engine as well. They also want to use materials that will not cause the device to overheat when used for a long time. It also has a shape design that adapts to the “recognizable” form of its user, whatever the shape or size of the face may be. They are also planning to use recycled and sustainable materials for the final product that will be available for commercial purchase.

There will be two versions of the voice-absorbing mask available when it launches on Kickstarter around March 2023. One is meant to be for business people or those who are working outside and need to take calls in public. The other one is a gamer version for those who’re playing in computer shops or in public places as well. The former will cost around $400 while the latter will be priced around $500 and will have a higher resonator volume.

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“Bad Hands” Print (Night Pink)

LA-based artist Rob Sato’s Bad Hands series is composed of hand-printed lithographs in various colorways. Essentially a chart of hand and finger configurations (some of which are impossible), the print is on Cougar cover stock paper and is available in an edition of 60.

This modern, minimal showerhead and bath spout are inspired by The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is one of those books that I dreaded when it was required reading in school but I grew to appreciate later on when it was “leisurely” reading. It is a good book to make you think about the role of women and the expectations society has upon us as well as various mental health issues including sanity (or insanity), depression, pain, etc. While it is indeed a classic, never would I have thought that it can actually inspire a bathroom accessory.

Designer: Annabella Hevesi

This unique concept for a showerhead and bath spout is named after the book that inspired it. The Bell Jar is a showerhead with a hidden cable and a fixed adaptor that can turn it into a calmer and single water spout in case you want to take a bath instead of a shower. The designer says she was inspired by the allegory from the book about the human condition and the main character’s state of mind. The flow of the water that goes through the bell jar design depends on what you need: practicality (showering) or purification (bathing).

So if you need to shower, you lift the showerhead out of the adaptor and you get the usual rain shower kind of flow, giving you a hopefully refreshing and cleansing time. There’s a cable or tube that lets you adjust the shower head to the height that you need. When you need a single water jet to fill your bathtub or if you prefer a calmer water source, you put the shower head back into the bell jar and the single stream comes out of the bottom.

This contraption looks very minimalist and feminine, matching the atmosphere and theme of the book that it’s named after. I may not have a bath to fill up with the single stream but I’d love to have the option for a calming rain showerhead and then a rejuvenating and purifying stream of water.

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Leckie Studio creates timber-clad house to frame views of Canadian Rockies

Camera House by Leckie Studio

Leckie studio has completed Camera House in the mountains of British Columbia with dramatic windows and skylights that are meant to frame the surrounding landscape like a camera lens.

The single-storey house is clad in dark timber boards, which the studio said helps it blend into its lush forest setting.

The building’s steep roofline is strategically oriented for skylights that frame different views of the surrounding mountains.

Wood and concrete-lined interiors of remote Canadian cottage
Leckie Studio designed the remote getaway in Canada’s Pemberton Valley

The remote structure is located in the Pemberton Valley, roughly three hours away from Vancouver. The area is near Whistler, a popular ski resort in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Leckie Studio, an architecture and interior studio based in Vancouver, was commissioned by a young family to create a secondary home away from the city.

“The program called for two bedrooms and a flex room, with the understanding that the family will be spending long periods of time living at the house during the summer months,” Leckie Studio explained.

Blackened timber cladding on rectilinear Canadian house by Leckie Studio
The single-storey dwelling is clad in dark timber

“The views through the clerestories alternate between being specific (Owl Ridge) and abstract (treetops/sky),” Leckie Studio explained.

“The interior spaces have been sculpted with sloping ceilings to channel both light and view lines.”

Open-plan kitchen illuminated by skylights, which opens onto a terrace with a long swimming pool
The kitchen and the dining room are located together

The home is separated into public and private rooms by a long, central corridor.

“The program is organized linearly along the fall line of the slope across two levels, with private spaces situated against the densely forested high side of the slope and public spaces running parallel below,” said Leckie Studio.

Skylights placed in white roof of rectilinear
Strategically oriented skylights frame views of the surrounding mountains

The communal areas, including the kitchen and dining room, are accessed via a short flight of steps. A monolithic concrete fireplace separates these spaces from the living room.

At the end of the kitchen, full-height sliding glass doors open onto a terrace and swimming pool.

Swimming pool at timber-clad Camera House by Leckie Studio
Glass doors open onto a terrace with a swimming pool

Three bedrooms are laid out along the corridor in the elevated part of the home. In addition to the primary suite and two children’s bedrooms, there is a flex space that can accommodate houseguests.

Leckie Studio chose a bright palette for the interiors, with polished concrete floors playing up the abundant natural light coming in from the home’s skylights and clerestory windows.

The same material is found in other accents such as the textured fireplace and a long bench in the kitchen. This contrasts with the darker exterior material.

“The majority of the project is clad in a flat sawn and brushed Western Red Cedar finished with a dark stain,” said Leckie Studio.

“The dark tone of the cladding allows the architecture to recede into the landscape.”

Rectilinear black house with views of the Canadian Rockies
Camera House was designed to frame views of the Canadian Rockies

Leckie studio was founded by Michael Leckie in 2015. It has completed several residential projects in Vancouver and the surrounding areas, including a courtyard house that was clad in pale wood siding, and a penthouse apartment in BIG’s Vancouver skyscraper.

The photography is by Ema Peter.

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MVRDV envisions Vancouver with 2100 predicted sea level rise

MVRDV sea level catalogue

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV has released a study that aims to offer possible solutions to urban planning in the face of rising sea levels be reimagining the Vancouver waterfront.

Called the Sea Level Rise Catalogue, the project looks at methods for adapting to rising sea levels, which according to the IPCC could rise as much as two metres by 2100, posing many problems for the large population centres along the coasts.

“As sea level rise is gradual, there is time to develop and implement this change if we start now,” said MVRDV in the report.

“Cities need to leverage this urgency to develop and test adaptation solutions and share knowledge globally to accelerate a prosperous, adaptive, sustainable future of our coastal communities.”

MVRDV Vancouver sea level plan rendering
MVRDV reimagined Vancouver’s waterfront in 2100

The study proposes that dykes and walls blocking the water level will no longer be viable options for our cities and that other approaches must be taken.

It also challenges the language traditionally used around infrastructure in the face of changing climates, asking readers to use “reciprocal” language such as “protect”, “host”, and “restore” as opposed to “nature-detached” perspectives like “resist”, “accommodate”, and “retreat”.

Solutions for the problem range from adapting preexisting structures using stilts, changing building programs, making evacuation routes and upgrading utilities like pumps as well as more intensive solutions such as tearing down buildings and constructing others on top of the water.

Cities are important organisms

“It’s always about the transect of the city to the water and how the water systems will change over time,” MVRDV associate architect Kristina Knauf told Dezeen. “It will be a good combination of retreat, protect and adapt.”

“We realize that the existing cities are important organisms for us. It’s not as simple to just say ‘let’s move away’,” she said.

“Sometimes you actually move towards the water because there are certain urban functions that you need to allocate to these places.”

MVRDV water level plan for Vancouver
The pilot projects are meant to be immediately deployable

Taking Vancouver as a test case for what the studio believes is a universal problem, the catalogue reimagined the waterfront along False Creek, an inlet that cuts through the city.

They stipulated that the call for resilient architecture should include principals of “rewilding” and worked closely with the city to implement a vision for the next 100 years of the creek.

Indigenous people learned how to live with the water

By using the data gathered about the urban makeup of the waterfront, MVRDV developed a series of pilot structures that utilise the principles of the catalogue.

Community inclusion was a significant aspect of these proposals, and the studio consulted local groups, especially advisors from the local First Nations in order to imagine a different relationship between the city and the waterfront.

“Indigenous people learned how to live with the water much better than us,” Knauf said. “There is a cultural shift you have to make not just a technical one.”

The pilot projects deal mostly in the subtidal zone, or the portion of the waterfront that is constantly underwater.

Projects were selected based on the ability to be immediately implemented, part of MVRDV’s suggestion that first steps need to be taken immediately in order to ensure manageable adjustments to the changing climate.

Measures part of larger framework

The projects include a specific transect from the water that begins with a floating island that would be a refuge for animals.

From here, towards the shore, there would be a floating hotel that would be accessible via kayak and hold a water-monitoring station and provide access via bridges to the city.

MVRDV sea level rising catalogue
Indigenous communities were consulted on the designs

In the tidal area, which would be submerged part of the time, there would be a pavilion that would act as a community and cultural centre. Between the pavilion and the existing infrastructure, the studio proposed putting a forested area as a buffer.

The studio also proposed building a series of walkways on top of the water that would help to maintain connections between the existing infrastructure.

“The proposed measures are not independent, but are part of a larger framework,” said the studio. “The catalogue elements should be combined to form a system of buildings, landscapes, networks, ecologies, and communities, that are specific to its context.”

The catalogue was developed as part of Vancouver’s Sea2City initiative, which brought together MVRDV and architecture studio Mithun+One to work alongside the local community and government groups.

Projects developed through the initiative are “not be built immediately,” according to the city.

Worldwide, architects have been considering resiliency in the face of climate change. Last year, we rounded up a series of resilient homes built to withstand natural disasters like fire, floods and strong winds.

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Core77 Weekly Roundup (1/23/23 – 1/27/23)

Here’s everything we covered this week:

The NapEazy is a strange telescoping pillow, designed for napping in unusual positions while on-the-go.

The Heatty is a marble space heater by Claudio Larcher, professor and director of the Design Department at Milan’s New Academy of Fine Arts.

Industrial Designer Christian Neumeier designed these unusual Bender wall hooks made of powder-coated steel.

Product designer Jordi Canudas devised a novel way to color the glass lampshades of his Dipping Lights.

To confer privacy in public, Cap_able, a clothing line by fashion designer and machine learning expert Rachele Didero, produces a line of knitwear that fools facial recognition software into thinking you’re an animal.

We wondered what many industrial designers no doubt wonder: Do aftermarket products point to design failures?

The Swedhook is a portable, universal hook that will surely be co-opted by the EDC market.

The designers at tech accessories company Anker re-think the form factor of the incumbent wireless charging platform, creating a rather modernist cube.

Industrial Design students Lukas Bazle and Lukas Stotz reimagine the closet as a laundry drying rack, cutting out a step in the washing-to-wearing routine.

Architect Shinichiro Ogata’s S[es] brand creates “daily life tools,” striking new objects that look old, having been produced with traditional craft techniques.

The Twixit Seal & Pour solves a UX problem for foodstuffs that come in paper bags. It’s a bag clip with a convenient pouring spout.

Studio Kaschkasch designed Rail, a modular table system that can be extended via a sliding trestle, rails in grooves and a cam lock.

Transportation designer Samir Sadikhov penned this aggressively-styled Tank, an off-road bulletproof vehicle produced by Rezvani Motors.

NVIDIA’s new webcam filter can fake your eye contact, making video conferences and presentations seem more natural.

Industrial designers Bryce Gibson and Kurt MacLaurin invented the Mule, an all-terrain wagon that can be pulled by hand, towed by bike, or hauled in a vehicle’s hitch mount.

Teenage Engineering’s OP-Z Stable Diffusion Synthesizer, created by think tank/design studio Modem and creative agency Bureau Cool, creates an AI-powered visual experience that reflects the visual experience of synesthesia.

Industrial designer Myung-Nyun Kim designed this Amphi concept, a stovetop with a morphing heating element that can handle both regular flat-bottomed cookware and the domed shape of a wok.

Italian manufacturer Atim produces hardware that allows furniture to unfurl from cabinetry.

Digital fabrication firm Kkervvit uses a 5-axis CNC mill to produce these wooden eyewear frames for Enlite.

Another CNC-based fabricator, Karv Design, produces this amusing “Great Wave off Kanagawa” desk organizer.

Manufacturer Impact Racks now collects the no-longer-needed newspaper boxes they sold to companies decades ago, and rehabs them into upcycled storage units.

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