Located in Mexico, Guadalajara, Casa S looks nothing like a Mexican “barrio” house. Imposing, clean lined and with a very contemporary look, the residence is the work of Lassala Elenes Arquitectos. Stone and stucco blend wonderfully, creating a spectacular contrast in terms of materials. Terracotta red and almond white cover the facade revealing a young spirited house. The house is structured on two levels, allowing natural light to floor the living space. Moreover, Casa S offers some of the most beautiful views over the Primavera forest. In defining the house, green processes played an important role.
The whole idea was to create a fluid space, a connection between the outdoors and the indoor area. Juggling with volumes and lines, the architects managed to create a place, that is both elegant and relaxing. Rich in open spaces, Casa S is ideal if you want to spend some time away from the hectic days of work and pressure. The wooden dock surrounds the swimming pool and the small water cut outs give you the feeling that the wooden dock sustains a large floating house. The interior is extremely luxurious and pretentious. The abundance of materials and the cut outs remind us that volumes, shapes and cuts define the house and make it look so peculiarly amazing. The flooring is definitely more sophisticated than you would expect it to be: from beige ivory marble, to porcelain tiles. One word: exceptional!
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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