Close to downtown Bethesda, Maryland, rises a modern residence silhouette that enchants passers-by and inhabitants with a strong feeling of comfort and style captured in its contemporary architecture. Attention to details led to David Jameson Architect designing the Burning Tree Residence as a” two simple gable roof volumes of stucco which sit on a foundation of stone“. The 3,800 square foot house also displays a central mahogany volume that unifies the overall look.
Challenged by limitations of the plot and stock material sizes, architects managed to erect a residential structure that would develop a strong relationship with its owners: “Having to work with the constraints of pre-engineered wood roof trusses and other stock material sizes, the approach to this spec-house was two-fold. First, to build a house within the limits of a material budget and the stock sizes available. Second, to be able to generate spaces within the house that generously embrace the site, and spaces which allow light and visual continuity to flow from one room to another.” Protecting the inhabitant’s privacy by allowing only partial views to the street, the house was designed to open towards the back, in order to offer a powerful connection to the surroundings. I love the large dark-framed windows, don’t you?
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
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