As if we did not see enough of their creativity already, here is another interesting example of modern Japanese architecture. Designed by studio Edward Suzuki Architecture, the F Residence is located in Kamakura, a city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is difficult not to observe the museum-like design features of this unusual crib, derived from the idea of building a project that would look inward, rather than expand towards the outdoors. Here is more information from the architects: “The theme, ‘Go in to go out’, was applied to the design of this house and, as a result, the rectangular silhouette of the house was pushed to the boundary limits of the 776 square meter property in the center of which was placed a 15-meter diameter circular patio. The thrust of the planning was to allow each and every room to face and to have a view of this central garden“. On our site we usually see projects that take full advantage of their surrounding environment. How would you comment on the alternative presented by the F Residence?
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
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.