Of all the surprising A-cero home designs we’ve seen, this is probably the most elegant. Envisioned as a giant work of art, this residence belongs to Spanish architect Joaquin Torres and has a breathtaking appearance. The project is located in La Finca, a residential area near Madrid, Spain and consists of winding, overlapping volumes of concrete having various heights, with water playing a key role: “The land is surrounded by lakes and I wanted the house to be natural extension of them“, stated architect Joachin Torres. The interiors are bright, with a structured distribution on three levels. The entrance brings together the common areas, which lead to a large hall. At this level there is also the master bedroom with dressing room, bathroom, gym and indoor pool. The other rooms are located in the basement, and the third floor is occupied by a living room with study corner leading to a gallery-library. All the rooms are decorated with items designed by A-cero, alternating with classic designs, antiques and works of art. Enjoy the photos!
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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