Every January is a good time to review and look forward. As 2019 came to an end, ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architecture website, has published a ranking of the 12 most visited architecture projects in its worldwide catalog. This selection features homes in remote landscapes, restaurants of cutting edge design and cultural and public architecture on a large scale, located mostly in European and Asian countries.
Take a look at the most viewed projects by month in 2019:
JANUARY | Kambra
The project is all about the refurbishment of an old abandoned barn, trying to keep as many of the original elements as possible. It is located in the Karst region of Slovenia, where the climate is Mediterranean and the landscape rocky and dry, covered only by endless stretches of vine and pine tree forests. The barn appears to have grown out of a rock.
The name Kambra is the local vernacular word for a multi/purpose room on the ground floor of the traditional Karst house.
FEBRUARY | 911-VILLA
This is more than a house for living, but a place for the automobile collection!
Inspired by Villa Savoye and the openness of vernacular architecture, the house is a steel box sitting resting above columns, freeing up the ground floor space. The design is an answer to the minimal contemporary lifestyle of the young professional, who possesses an extensive collection of cars in the tropical climate of Ho Chi Minh City.
MARCH | Underwater Restaurant
Have you ever tried to enjoy dinner underwater? Do you want to have a square meal near the Arctic Circle? Here, in “Under” restaurant you can fulfill the two at once.
Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where the sea storms from the north and south meet, the project is situated at a unique confluence. Marine species flourish here in both briny and brackish waters to produce a natural abundance in biodiversity at the site. The Snøhetta-designed restaurant also functions as a research center for marine life, providing a tribute to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip.
APRIL | Floating House
This house is located in a verticle slope in the heights of Mexico City. Inspired by the trees around it, it sets nine supports, like roots, to stand tall and is designed with the luminous and protective structure. Inside a vertical spiral hides in the depths of its surroundings. The integration between outside and inside is the main ingredient– much before any construction material or form.
MAY | Kayu Kayu Restaurant
Located in Indonesia, Kayu-Kayu is a restaurant and venue space created for family gatherings, corporate events and hangout.
This particular group of clients comes from various backgrounds; a wood craftsman, a furniture maker and a garment artisan. It is intriguing to assimilate these clients’ characters into the design process.
JUNE | House in Monsaraz
Amid a wide natural landscape, this geometric house is reminiscent of science fiction games 0r movies.
Situated in Portuga and faced with the boundless extents of the Alqueva lake, the house requires a center: a protected courtyard embracing the water. It uses the terrain to cast a dome that covers the social areas and is the life center of the house. An inverted dome intersects it and creates an opening that lights the space, shaping its precise geometry and limits.