The Albany, located in Dublin, Ireland and designed by RKD Architects, is a modernist-style pavilion (measuring at nearly 4,900 square feet) that aims to reinterpret the seaside villa house type. This visually distinct building — compared to the surrounding ones — is built on one corner of the build site and utilizes a varied mix of materials and features a new structure frames for viewing the nearby Dublin Bay. The existing site was lowered to create a garden — while accessible from all of the building’s bedrooms — that would add seclusion and privacy to the site. The exterior showcases a reinforced concrete frame with seamless glass ribbon windows along the main upper floor, while seemingly floating above the lower level plinth; intentionally done to resemble the seawall and to evoke the Martello towers located along the local coastline.
This project by Adamo-Faiden Architects in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay is called Sociedad de Mar, located in the middle of a coastal forest roughly 1km from the Atlantic Ocean. The project’s purpose is to install an alternative model of tourism from the immediate periphery of one of the most exclusive seaside resorts. Another goal of the project is to use a combination of materials, spatial, and organizational variables to outline a new method of the built environment cohabiting with the natural environment. Continue reading “‘Sociedad de Mar’ Project Seeks to Change the Tourism Model”