Mexican architectural firm Muñoz Arquitectos Asociados developed a modern residence in Mérida, México with an original positioning and layout. The construction site of Casa Entre Arboles is shaped like a rectangular field which accommodates no less than 52 trees of different types and sizes. The services areas (garage, utility room, laundry room) were located closest to the road. The main residence with the bedrooms, kitchen and dining room was built near the largest and most beautiful trees around.
The third volume of the project was developed closer to the golf course and consists of a large swimming pool and a covered patio. According to the architects, in order to join the buildings, a housing axis was envisioned, one that runs from north to south: “This flows through the body and gives unity to the whole. By doing this walk from side to side of the house you go through wooded areas outside and inside the rooms, each time reinforcing the idea of a house full of site sensitivity and respect for nature“. The interiors are spacious and bright, enriched by original furniture units and art decorations.
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.
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