This private mansion developed by the team at CCS Architecture for a family with three children in Palo Alto, California, USA seems to be the embodiment of casual living. Modern and authentic at the same time, the 540 square meter crib inspires warmth and comfort due to a clever use of materials. Green spaces are a major asset of the property, which the architects took full advantage of, ensuring plenty of leisure areas for the inhabitants.
With so many large windows and terraces, there is a strong indoor-outdoor connection. Wood is the dominant material employed in the design scheme, delivering a welcoming feel. The same effect is provided by the warm tones present in the furniture finishes. Trees are almost an integral part of the design, adding freshness to the already awe-inspiring family retreat. Would you characterize this place as “balanced”? What are the elements you like most about this home’s interior design?
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