A personal favorite house; Casa Rural, designed by RCR Arquitectes, is located in an expansive meadow in Girona, Spain.
One of the architect’s main objectives during the sight-planning process was to be respectful and preserve as much of the site’s natural beauty as possible. Rather than locating the house in the center of the field, RCR took advantage of a large embankment that divided the land, embedding a portion of the house below grade adjacent to the field, and cantilevering it out of the opposite side.
The resulting configuration not only obscures the building volume from most vantage points, but also creates a hybrid relationship between occupant and earth. The north facing façade protrudes from the land, floating the spaces above the ground, and framing views of the historic village.
The south facing façade is wedged in the landscape, placing the field at eye level. A series of outdoor spaces reconcile the elevation difference, sometimes with a pool, other times with jagged retaining walls laced with boulders from the excavation to create a secluded courtyard.
The mass is further broken down by dividing the house into multiple programmatic volumes, concealing the true square footage with underground circulation spaces and rooms. Natural splits in the land, some caused by ground water, others by geological features, provide the framework for the divisions, and are articulated in the architectural details with level changes and slivers of natural light.
Built almost entirely out of corten steel and glass, the house has the appearance of a historic settlement in ruins rather than a new building. The effect of the multiple volume strategy is amplified on the interior; where the dark circulation spaces open up to large, double height rooms, each with a uniquely framed view of the exterior. Massive sheets of frameless glass ensure that views are completely unbroken.
This limited material pallet continues to the interior, reiterating the natural qualities of the exterior. Additional glazing in shared spaces provides ample light, creating a warm atmosphere despite the raw finishes.
Details are kept at a minimum, as lights, outlets, and ventilation grills are all cleverly hidden, ensuring that the simplicity of the material pallet isn’t relegated. The resulting design, as per the architects “seeks a balance between nature and the independence or gathering of its inhabitants.” All images via.
I'm going to make this real clear and then we will be done with this topic forever on this blog.
CW for more of that “but not all men are awful” whiny bullshit
We will NOT talk about the fact that some men aren’t abusers/not all men are abusers on this blog. We will NOT talk about it here because this is not the place for that. Nobody here gives one single fuck about the fact that there are men in the world who aren’t abusers because the fact that there are men in the world who aren’t abusers doesn’t stop all the abuse we suffer, it doesn’t stop all the men who do abuse from abusing.
And even if it did stop them it still wouldn’t matter and nobody would give a fuck because this is not the place to be discussing it! This is a blog for people who’ve suffered rape, assault, harassment, victim blaming, apologism, and all the other horrible rape culture shit we all go through daily to share their personal experiences, to have a voice, to analyze things, to break the silence. This is all about victims and survivors AND NOTHING ELSE. If you want to whine about teh poor menz fee fees do it somewhere else because THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR THAT and because this is not the place for that we will not talk about it here ever again.
Derailing from people sharing their real, lived experience with certain, specific, individual people (yes, people, because we do occasionally post things about women who are abusers) to talk about something that has literally NOTHING to do with what the victim/survivor has been through, to point out that despite what these victims/survivors have been through in their specific experiences not all men are terrible does two things - it shifts the focus off the victim/survivor onto people who are completely unrelated to hir story and it makes those completely unrelated people the most important issue. There is already a whole world out there for derailing and making men the most important thing ever. We will not do that here. Derailing in that manner is abusive and oppressive and I will not tolerate that shit on my blog. If you don’t like that don’t come here.
Last night I was going to post something saying I need to change.....
There were things in my life and the way I treated people that were getting to me… I didn’t post my concerns.
Instead today, I came over to my dads and acted on them.
I’m glad I didn’t post it last night, everythings better now! now that moods back on solid ground, this grant writing is in fullforce!
need to write out our page of objectives and goals, as well as two pages of next years plans for the RCR Youth Collective.
Type everything up the following day, as well as do up a quick brochure, and finalize our list of boad of directors/comittee members.
DUE DATE: OCTOBER 31st AT 4:00PM.
LETS DO THIS
Anon Asked: As much as I love your blog and what it does to restore confidence in victims of rape culture, I don't think you understand. Just because most rapists are men that does not mean all men are rapists. Some of your posts come across as horribly closed-minded and misandrystic.
TW - apologism and some “what about teh menz?!” bullshit
Nope, it is clearly you who doesn’t understand so I’m going to attempt to explain. Firstly my posts come from victims. Everything here is people talking about their own experiences with rape culture - rape, assault, abuse, harassment, victim blaming, minimizing, apologism, etc. Not one single person has ever said anything about “all men” because they’re talking about their own personal experiences. It’s not my fault or their fault or anyone else’s fault that the vast majority of those stories include men as perpetrators. You know who’s fault that is? The men who made the choice to abuse. That’s it, that’s all there is to it. So if you’re going to get mad at anybody get mad at those people, the assholes out there choosing to abuse over and over and over again. They’re the problem. We are NOT the problem. All we are doing is talking about our experiences, sharing what we’ve been through. We have a right to do that and if you think simply sharing those stories gives all teh poor menz a bad name that is their fucking fault because they’re the ones abusing in all of these stories. If you want us to stop talking about what we’ve been through then spend your efforts trying to create a world where we don’t have any stories to tell, not yelling at people about how some men aren’t terrible. We know that not all men are terrible, we get that, and nobody cares about that fact because the fact that not all men are rapists doesn’t stop us all from continuously suffering from and being CONSTANTLY threatened with rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence not to mention all the rape culture bullshit we deal with every fucking day like being blamed for the abuse other people perpetrate against us.
And even if there are people out there who take a lifetime of receiving abuse from men or the reality that men are damn near always the abusers and turn that into an inherent mistrust or even hatred of all men everywhere I have no problem with that. It’s not “horribly closed minded and misandrystic” it’s realistic. It’s realistic because that’s what happens when people are systematically abused over and over and over again by a singular class of people and then when that systematic abuse is institutionally protected. That’s what you get. That kind of mistrust, anger, and hatred is learned, we don’t start off that way. And you know how we learn it? We learn it by living in a world where 99.99999999% of ALL the abuse we suffer starting in CHILDHOOD before we’re even capable of understanding it is perpetrated by MEN. We learn it by hearing stories from other women about how 99.99999999% of all the abuse they’ve suffered is also at the hands of men. We learn it because that’s the reality of the world we live in which means that every single time we meet a new male person we’re forced to worry and wonder about whether or not he’s an abuser and since abusers are really good at hiding their true selves from us we have to be extra careful. We have the right to protect and defend ourselves and if that means fearing and/or hating all men everywhere, if that’s what protecting and defending ourselves takes then we have that right and for you to come here and demand that we care about teh poor menz fee fees is disgusting and simply furthering that abuse. If you want this all to stop then work towards creating a different world for us all to live in so that nobody ever feels the need to feel this way.
And finally, for the record, I have posted stories from people who’ve been abused by women and by men who’ve been abused. We already know that this happens and it’s already in the archives and if/when I find other such stories I always post them too because they’re relevant here. Again, it’s not my fault that the majority of abusers are men and the majority of victims and survivors are women. We will not silence ourselves for your comfort. We will not shut up so that men can feel better about themselves. We will not be silent until there is nothing left to tell.