We enjoy observing complex renovation projects which preserve important visual features of the existing building. This particular Victorian home located in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia features quite a few exquisite details, most of them reminiscent of the building’s style heritage. Currently on sale for here, the project consists of a main renovated house and an annex envisioned in a highly contemporary manner. According to the official press release, this “stately and beautifully renovated and extended early Victorian balconied family residence with circular driveway, pool and separate self-contained accommodation is situated on a large garden allotment of 1265 square meters approximately. The house accommodates a normal lounge, separate dining room and study (each with open fireplace), powder room, kitchen/family meals area and informal living room opening to terrace and garden. Upstairs you can find the master bedroom with balcony, walk in robe and en-suite, three further bedrooms each with open fireplace, expansive bathroom and second study”. Enjoy the virtual tour and feel free to share your opinions below!
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