BoJo is a compact, elegant home that wraps itself around you. Displaying different tones of earthy colours, it exudes warmth and coziness. Most of the times, these specific elements are exactly the enchanting magic elements that have the ability to transform a regular place into a home. After all, isn’t this what we all want? The project called BoJo was designed by Habitat Studio & Workshop, a differently built one-of-a-kind home, comfortable and sustainable, reflecting the client’s needs and wants. The exterior boasts several volumes and a garage. The main materials used in defining the house were wood and concrete. An interesting, yet modern mix, used by many architects to unveil a contemporary design line.
The back of the house accommodates a really small wooden deck, an elegant balcony and a less regular rooftop, envisioned as a terrace, where one can enjoy coffee in the morning sun. The interior exudes transparence, due to the massive use of glass. There are no doors, only a sliding partition that isolated the home office from the rest of the house. Despite being small, the house looks uncluttered, stylish and breezy.
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
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