Completed just last year, in 2011, the House DS residential project is part of Graux & Baeyens Architecten‘s portfolio. Located in a residential area of Destelbergen, Belgium, the property on which House DS rests was purchased 10 years ago, but it was only not long ago the owner decided to transform the house into a contemporary living space with the help of the talented team of architects. With the property measuring 1,071 square meters, the construction was built to have 312 square meters of interior spaces.The farm-resembling home almost got demolished, but the architects convinced the owner to revamp the old construction and add an extension that would not only enlarge the space, but also create a seamless connection between the old house and the new, refined construction. Five volumes were added, four of which were placed in the backside of the house, as a continuation of the architecture, while the fifth acts as the pool house. The large garden connects all the volumes, merging them into a fantastic property prepared to offer its owner the best of both worlds.
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
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