Best of #LittleSpaces

This week, a selection of small architectural projects carried out with great care.

Best of #PiccoliSpazi
Small interventions constitute a field of experimentation that leads to interesting results when we are able to turn the tie into a creative solution.
This week we have selected a number of small residential, commercial and cultural projects capable of make very small spaces interesting from the architectural point of view.
Among the residential projects Matali Crasset's woodland houses in a verdant forest in the heart of Lorraine, the versatile 20 square-meter room in an artist’s apartment to accommodate living and working spaces designed by Israeli architect Raanan Stern, the discarded construction trailer transformed by Belgian architect Karel Verstraeten into an inhabitable space for study, rest and play and the Container Village builded by students from the Faculty of art and design, who developed furniture and objects useful for living and working in a container.

There are also little commercial spaces like the two hairdresser in Marseille and Kobe: the first one, Le Coiffeur, designed by Margaux Keller with Bertrand Guillon architect playing with the muted seaside tones of azure blue and yellow and plenty of southern French touches, the second one, Vine, by Japanese architectural studio Sides Core, designed as a space that gradually takes shape inspired by vine’s unique ability to grow individually and then connect, shaping a whole; the London ice-cream shop Olivogelo, for which Andy Martin Architects designed 3D bespoke “lickable” tiles with hints of colored flavours to cover a wall and the Spanish one Eyescream & Friends, created by M Barcelona putting two sugar eyes on the top and making it a character-monster that determines all the projects; the design of the Papabubble shop in Yokohama by Schemata Architects focuses on the relationship between concrete and formwork, inserting glass and tiles randomly.

Among the unusual projects Wooden Hut, a wooden hut to be used as a place to stack the firewood but also as a small private chapel completed in Leonberg by the German-Japanese architect’s practice Kawahara-Krause and the Vagón del Saber, a former freight car turned by group of young Ecuadorean architects – commissioned by the local government to regenerate the national railway – into a travelling cultural incubator.

Top: Karel Verstraeten, Trailer, Gand, Belgium

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