When it comes to modern design, China is one of the countries definitely not lacking inspiration. Tianxi Oriental Club was envisioned and implemented by Deve Build Design and is located in Huizhou, a city located in central Guangdong province. One look at the interiors of this contemporary gathering setting and a potential visitor is likely to feel overwhelmed by the height of the originally-designed walls. Wood is the material which dominates throughout the oriental club, adding a distinctive label to the place. The seating units disrupt the homogeneous color palette, by adding an interesting mix of black&white. Even though the space is continuous, the layout of the tables ensures a high degree of privacy. All in all, you are looking at an elegant Chinese club, perfect both for intimate encounters and group gatherings.
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