From afar, this modern residence developed by the creative team at Andres Remy Arquitectos looks like a black and white monolith, pierced by glazing from place to place. The Grand Bell House project is located 50km away from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but its architecture has little to do with the tradition of the area. This building is as modern as it gets with its simple color palette, minimalist arrangements, floor to ceiling windows and focus on functionality.
The residence is structured on two levels: “The bedrooms, situated at the front, have an excellent orientation, while the master suite stays private and benefits from fabulous views. An outdoor green space greets the owners as they enter their contemporary Argentinian house. The pool, located along the lot, has the best orientation and passes under the playroom volume, becoming the protagonist of the house with its 19 meters in length“. The swimming pool can be seen from any part of the residence and can even be accessed unconventionally, by diving in from the second level.
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
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic