Taking advantage of the beautiful views of the Alps from its location in Kitzbuehel, Austria, this modern mansion displays a studied approach to customized architecture. Provoking the mind to accept a different facade than it is used to, the Kitzbuehel Mansion blends with its rural surroundings, but also speaks a contemporary architectural language. The Austrian residence was split into two zones – one for social living to the East and the other one for sleeping, to the West. Linked by a glass partition on the ground floor and an elevated path on the upper part, these two volumes construct an eye-catching locally sourced Tyrolean wood-cladded house. Completed in 2011 by Hamburg-based studio Splendid Architecture, the 7,750 square foot beauty is compartmentalized into three levels built into the steep slope. Concrete floors cover the interiors and natural light floods the spaces through beautifully adorned windows that capture picturesque views of the Alps.
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
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