Boasting approximately 10 000 square feet of opulent modern living, the 44 Belvedere Residence is a two story home in Southern Ontario, Canada, currently on sale for $5,35 million. The massive house is located steps away from the lake and was especially designed for a “successful individual or family”. Here are some of the features of the project, as described in the official press release: “The spacious backyard offers multiple options for relaxation and enjoyment. Whether it’s hosting a dinner party next to the sleek concrete pool and Miami style cabana or you are soaking up the sun on the exotic 1,400 sq/ft Brazilian wood deck. Built for the health conscious in mind, the professional grade gym sports a free weight and cardio area with multiple media zones. After you energize yourself with a work out enjoy the integrated spa with both dry sauna and steam shower – which features 18” rain head and body jets. Escape to a cinematic experience like no other. The three level cinema features dual LCD digital movie posters as you walk through the grand entrance”. Be sure to watch the video below and tell us if you notice any other design ideas worth highlighting.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests