Overlooking San Francisco Bay, the Belvedere Residence designed by Polsky Perlstein Architects aims at capturing light and surrounding vistas: “The site has South and West views over the San Francisco Bay toward Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge. With a desire for connecting the home to the outside on both levels, the Main Level has continuous windows and doors on the western elevation opening to a spacious terrace with sweeping views from the Golden Gate Bridge to Mt Tamalpais.” The clients requested an entry tower, which is why the highlight of the residence is an elliptical volume accommodating the entrance hallway and a stairway linking the two levels.
Spectacular design features were integrated throughout: “The main level Great Room contains both lining and dining spaces adjacent to the kitchen. Additional spaces on the first floor include his and her offices, each with its own bathroom, a glass-enclosed wine room, an AV Room and a garage with car lifts for four cars. To the East, the kitchen has a back-lit Onyx island and pocketing sliding doors that open onto the spa terrace.” The second level is where the sleeping areas are located. You will recognize the master bathroom in the photos below, as it includes a beautiful bathtub carved from a single block of silver Travertine. See any other details you find interesting? [Landscape Architect: Studio Green; Photography by Bruce Damonte]
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
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light