Architecture

Naked Architecture

If we think about architecture, we think about a composition of light and materials put together in space. Furniture is barely needed since the space itself is the main feature. Sometimes, however, architecture is disguised or there are too many partitions that make it difficult to fully understand the space. Architecture, or naked architecture, should reveal the personality of the building one minute at a time, should express light continuity and should be honest with its structure. Here we have 10 examples of architecture that reveal straight away their personality and speak a language where the form starts disappearing, showing its pure naked space.

Which of these do you like most?


Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- New Concrete House by Wespi de Meuron

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- New Concrete House by Wespi de Meuron Interior

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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- New Concrete House by Wespi de Meuron plan 1. New Concrete House
Location:
S.Abbondio (Switzerland)
Architect: Wespi de Meuron
Year: 2012
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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- Caja Granada by Alberto Campo BAeza

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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- Caja Granada by Alberto Campo BAeza Floor Plan
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Caja Granada
Location:
Granada (Spain)
Architect: Alberto Campo Baeza
Year: 1992
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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- Node by UID Architects

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+ Node
Location:
Hiroshima (Japan)
Architect: UID Architects
Year: 2012
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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- Riverside Clubhouse by TAO Exterior

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- Riverside Clubhouse by TAO

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- Riverside Clubhouse by TAO Plan

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Riverside Clubhouse
Location:
 Yancheng (China)
Architect: TAO
Year: 2010
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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- 4x4 House Tadao Ando

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- 4x4 House Tadao Ando Side

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- 4x4 House Tadao Ando Interior

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- 4x4 House Tadao Ando5. 4×4 House
Location:
Kobe (Japan)
Architect: Tadao Ando
Year: 2003
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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture-X House

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture-X House by X Arquitectura

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Location:
Quito (Ecuador)
Architect: Arquitectura X
Year: 2007
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Chapel in Villeaceron
Location:
Almadén (Spain)
Architect: S.M.A.O
Year: 2001
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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- House W by 01Arq Exterior

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- House W by 01Arq

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8.
House W
Location:
Huentelauquen (Chile)
Architect: 01Arq
Year: 2007
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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- Hemeroscopium House by Ensamble Studio

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- Hemeroscopium House by Ensamble Studio Interior

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Hemeroscopium House
Location:
Madrid (Spain)
Architect: Ensamble Studio
Year: 2008
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Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- House in Abiko

Virginia Duran Blog- Naked Architecture- House in Abiko by Fuse Atelier Interior

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10.
House in Abiko
Location:
Abiko (Japan)
Architect: fuse-atelier
Year: 2011
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25 thoughts on “Naked Architecture

  1. Those are all so wonderfully stark. I was going to say 8. But I have to go with 9, because I’m a swimmer, and it would be awesome to swim laps in that extended, second-floor lap pool.

    Of course, the owner of the home is himself an architect. I found this video on Youtube.

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    • Thanks for sharing the video, it helps to understand how it was built! We must admit that #9 is an interesting raw piece of architecture… and that swimming pool must be one of the best places to swim for sure!

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  2. I love this kind of architecture… I could see owning one of these places…. not to live in by any means… but to go to when I wanted to get away from the clutter of my own home… just to sit and think and dream with no internet or cell phone… and then come back to my own cozy, messy house full of my “stuff.”

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    • You could have your way of living in one of these spaces! Minimal homes don’t mean you have to keep your stuff minimal too. I would imagine myself working here with all of the boards/paintings on the floor and walls around🙂

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  3. I especially like the way 4 incorportates the grove of trees inside.

    * would be a wonderful place to be – as long as there were no serious high seas or storms!

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  4. Another excellent post! I have been meaning to ask how architects deal with affordable housing, one of the most critical issues facing us today. Just recently, I picked up a copy of “Dwell” which showed the latest on housing. What was interesting was the cover page which displayed a photo of a home much like you presented in the post. There was a mother playing with her child around a pristine pool. But if you looked very closely (as I did) there was a barbed wire around the home to keep intruders out.

    Architecture has always been a key indicator, or rather a reflection, of the current state of society. Your thoughts would be very much appreciated.

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    • Ha! You gave another idea for another post. What you point out is one of the main concerns nowadays. I have to admit that many projects I had to do at school were excersises low on resources and maybe this is why I like buildings with high budgets. However, it is very interesting to see how architects deal with no money or no space (small sites are very challenging too).

      On the other hand, I agree with you, architecture is a reflexion of the society’s state. I am really happy that buildings that generate energy are starting to be the target. Sustainability is the future.

      How is it in Canada?

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      • Canada’s harsh winter climate is a critical component of the sustainability question. We use a great deal of energy in the winter, given that many of our cities have minus 25 – 30 degrees F. Vancouver is a testament to preserving green space. Olympic Village is high density with most condos ranging between 500 – 800 square feet. And people are embracing the small quarters. I think it is part of de-accumulation that is transforming the baby boomer culture. It will be interesting to follow! And your blog challenges me to think in new ways.🙂

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