By Chengdi Liu

This e-book covers fifty awesome homes outfitted lately, from villas to apartments, each one shining with its personal brilliance.

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The split level organisation leads to the lengthening of parts of the stairs to form a topography for informal occupation. The overall spatial character is that of an echelon with a diffusion of functions and conditions where inside and outside, above and below become gradient zones of varying intensity. These interleave as a loop that transgresses from the most private zone of bedroom and bathroom via kitchen, dining and living rooms towards the more public and exposed territory of the various terraces.

Instead of being oriented towards the crowded city, it turns towards the hill, from wiich the house rises from a "green sea". 50 43 44 45 46 47 埃斯科尔屋顶住宅 Location: San Candido, Italy Designer: Plasma Studio Photographer: Cristobal Palma Completion date: November 2006 项目地点:意大利 圣坎迪朵 设计师:帕拉斯马设计工作室 摄影师:克里斯托博·帕尔玛 完成时间: 2006年11月 Esker House Rooftop Apartment Esker House (esker means stratified geological formation) is a selfcontained residential unit placed on top of an existing house from the 1960s. The project is formed by a series of steel and timber frames that deform to recreate the smooth hillsides of the surrounding dolomites.

The way the new volume adheres to the sloped land optimises the excavation works. No earth has been displaced from the construction site. The three main storeys of the house are set on the plot at shifted levels to match the correspondent level of the site. This offers a direct relation to the outside from all parts of the house at all levels. While entering the house the eyes embrace the whole interior space and the related outdoor space, till the most far diagonals. This enlarged the potential of the perception of bigness of a house that is actually a very small volume: around 1000 cubic metre for a usable area of 150 square metres; while the perception is closer to a house of at least 300 square metres.

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