Aviator’s Villa by Urban Office Architecture

New-York based practice Urban Office Architecture has designed “Aviator’s Villa”, a project that explores the idea of flight as the catalyst for architectural design. The dwelling, created for a retired pilot, is envisioned as a composition of dis-assembled aviation components, exposed to the elements on all sides like the fuselage of a plane. Located next to a small lake, the building’s form is reflected and further emphasized by the home’s swimming pool, imagined as a floating volume between the two bodies of water and fully surrounded by air. Articulated as a vertically extended and cantilevered volume, the residence is oriented to allow maximum daylight with glazed panes mounted on riveted metal frames, further screened by perforated metal paneling or brise soleils. These specific elements replicate the texture of clouds, while mitigating the sun’s rays and producing calming shadows.