The Boaçava House in Sao Paolo, Brazil is a residential project with a strong and rigid structure, supported by asymmetrical concrete volumes and with the lower side “painted” in “red”, as a result of the iron oxide pigmentation. The project has been completed by Una Arquitetos, in 2011, surprising us with its volumes and colorful walls. The industrial-like approach (plenty of concrete has been used in defining it) suits people who are rather into modern and urban details, than cozy elements of décor. The simplicity of this house is striking: the interior walls look the same as the exterior ones, while the exterior wooden deck extends inside the house, connecting the two environments and creating a fluid living space: “wood floor connects this level since the entrance until the pool, bending itself inside the living room.”
The house and the courtyard are well isolated, providing some extra privacy. There’s a clear contrast between the ground level and the first floor, where the bedrooms are.” It indicates some intimacy, views from these rooms are mediated by reentrant balconies. These extractions ensure diagonal views, multiple light and ventilation accesses emphasizing the sun’s path.” Relaxing and a little less warm than expected, the Boaçava House expresses the urban vibe of a fast-growing 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
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.