Remy Meijers decorated the interior of this house, called Manor by the River. An interior is more than just a collection of fine furniture. It has to feel like a second skin. In order to feel like a home, it has to exude calm and serenity. It’s definitely not an easy job to obtain the perfect balance between neat and serene and create that perfect living environment. For Manor by the River, the Dutch designer decided to bring a sense of freedom by playing with height and space. Tall ceilings and wide windows enhance the feeling of breeziness, while the natural soft tones of colour make the interior feel cozy and comfortable.
“This one-hundred-year-old manor, which until recently had been used as office premises, is restored to its former glory. Also the original interior layout was used as the basis for the new floor-plan design. Characteristic features include the wide central corridor on the various levels. Marble floors and ornamental ceilings echo the house’s rich history.” The decoration items, like the vases and the chandeliers, add a touch of sophistication and grace. The furniture feels precious while the kitchen looks fully equipped and modern.
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