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October 16th, 2012 – With over 70 built projects to date, Ben van Berkel and his talented team at UN Studio are not afraid to leave their mark on this world! Whether it’s a sculptural super structure, or a curvacious pavilion, each new project is captivating, purposeful, and mind spelling. UN’s latest build, the Haus Am Weinberg, has been in the works for the past four years, which is short in architecture years, but quite long for the fans who anticipate UN’s new work.
The new home hails all the way from Stuttgart, Germany with pastoral views of the stepped terraces of an ancient hillside vineyard on one side and cityscape vistas on the other.
The team at UN explained the intentions of the curves, and that each undulation “reacts and responds directly to the sloping landscape of the site, where the scales and inclinations of the slopes which sculpture the vineyard setting are reflected in the volumetric appearance of the house.”
The interiors enhance the form of the home by a single gesture, ‘the twist’. “This central element supports the main staircase as it guides and organizes the main flows through the house. The direction of each curve is determined by a set of diagonal movements.” As the program distribution follows the path of the sun, each evolution in the twist leads to moments in which views to the outside become an integral experience of the interior.
Notes From The Architect: A double-height, glazed corner – which houses the dining area – opens up to extensive views towards the North-West and frames the vineyard hill which forms the backdrop to the house. Views from the living room are extended by means of a fully glazed corner affording open vistas toward the nearby park lands to the South-West. Further views from the twist are encountered on the second level, where the master sleeping and wellness areas are located.
Notes From The Architect: The interior of the Haus am Weinberg is arranged into spaces of varying atmospheres and spatial qualities, with the four glazed and open corners allowing daylight to reach deep into the house. The materialization of the interior of the house further accentuates the overall atmosphere of light by means of natural oak flooring, natural stone and white clay stucco walls speckled with small fragments of reflective stone.
(Photography: Iwan Baan)
It’s always refreshing to watch an ordinary, everyday commercial space be designed in a non conventional way. Take Galleria Centercity Department Store in the Korean city of Cheonan for example. This department store is UN Studio’s newest project to hit the streets. The team based the concept around the idea of the observations of current behavioral tendencies in large commercial spaces. Particularly in South East Asia, department stores serve a highly social function; people meet, gather, eat, drink and both shop and window shop in these venues. A designer at UN Studio explained:
“The department store is no longer solely a commercial space, it now offers the architect the opportunity to build upon and expand the social and cultural experience of the visitor. If today we are seeing the museum as a supermarket, then we are also now seeing the department store as a museum.”
The stark white and fluorescent interiors reflect the idea of a social museum setting, yet in certain spaces there are moments of bold colors, mostly in lighting effects which truly creates a new experience for shoppers.
On the exterior, the double layered facades are articulated in a trompe l’oeuil pattern of vertical mullions. The design is intended to make the scale of the building unreadable; an outsider would have a hard time guessing how many floors there are. “On the inside, this play with scale and dimension is continued in a way that is at least as radical as the outside. Upon entering, the department store is revealed as a layered and varied space which encourages investigation and unfolds as you move through and up the building.”
( Photographs Provided By Christian Richters and Kim Jong-kwan)