A beautiful retreat defined by the Italian design studio Marco Pava awaits to be admired. With a fantastic look over one of Italy’s most famous lakes, Como, this cozy and inspiring villa is nothing but the ideal spot for days of leisure and relaxation. With a book and plenty of ideas in your mind and pockets, this place could simply do the trick. Take a deep breath, relax and let yourself inspired with the lake’s mysticism. The client requested a house that creates a story around modern elements of design, without neglecting the lovely site. As a result, the designers decided to simply put a value on the landscape and transformed it into the house’s main accessory.
The main idea was to create a place that combines harmonically a zen ambient with gorgeous contemporary design details. The terrace offers an idilic (romantic) view and the maze of greenery surrounding the house inspires a deep serenity, making you forget about the exhausting urban pressure. The playful colours, chosen for decoration, together with the light and the natural materials create a continuous space that blend the internal, residential area with the external space. Floor to ceiling windows, wide angles and the burst of colourful shades, this is what makes the Italian countryside villa so particular. Hip and zen, the contrasting house is a magnificent way to enjoy both the home coziness and the lush of nature. How do you feel about it?
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
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