With an interesting design, this summer house completed by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter is located in the city of of Lagnö, Sweden. The project aims to reconnect the inhabitants with the natural landscape. An open plan living space welcomes you, offering a surprising view and memorable sunsets. The seafront, the lush vegetation, the tranquility, the breeziness, the warmth and the simplicity are elements that build up this spectacular relaxing living environment. The house’s unique design consists of a series of zig-zagging rooftops, which transform the interior into dynamic living spaces, boasting different heights. There’s little furniture inside, but just enough to sit and relax and maybe enjoy a good book while observing the breathtaking landscape.
Characterised by a simple concept and a minimalist design line, the summer house displays a series of concrete volumes with gabled roofs and a glass-covered terrace. The walls are on one side replaced by sliding doors, allowing the light to flood the interior and create a bright atmosphere. Despite the massive use of concrete, the living environment does not inspire coldness. It’s a vivid, warm and bright place.
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