Geometry was the starting point for this modern project in Valencia, Spain, designed by Ramon Esteve Studio; “The concept was born from the trapezoidal shape of the plot, located in a residential area. The vegetation is a dense element of edge. That is the reason why the house is proposed like a volume where focusing views becomes especially important”. Massive walls finished in bright white contrast the lush vegetation, delivering a visually appealing exterior. Hidden by the trees, a wooden terrace takes the focus off the simple lines of the street facade.
Every room is provided with a different character and the inside-outside transition is very smooth. The social area is connected to the deck and swimming pool through glass doors. A number of voids in the walls masked with wooden strips allow natural illumination. Light shines bright and strong through the voids in the porch, yet is veiled and controlled in the bedrooms, creating a dense atmosphere.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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