Cosgriff House in Sydney, Australia was envisioned by architect Christopher Polly as a modern dwelling, preserving its original envelope. The newly added extension opens up the residence towards the garden, adding more living space and more natural light. Building higher than the existing wall alignments, a third level was created on top, offering great views to the east.
The well planned structure of the extension offers easy access to new interiors and a practical overall design: “Utilities located deep within the semi-subterranean rear of the lower ground enable direct connection of the living space to the garden and jacaranda tree, while the re-worked ground floor above adds a bathroom, main bedroom and adaptable bedroom providing flexibility for future use as a study“. Vaulted ceilings and skylights allow natural light inside, making each room feel welcoming and enhancing particular color contrasts. How would you personally comment on this contemporary Sydney home addition?
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
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.