Harmonically combining steel, wood, stone and glass, this spectacular mansion, that impresses with its presence was designed by Jamie Bush. La Cañada Mid-Century is located at the foothills of Sierra Madre, in Los Angeles. Embracing the wonderful landscape, the house was envisioned as a project that focuses on bringing the exterior inside the house. That’s why most of the design elements are inspired or brought from the nature. “The decor is a mix of textured natural, neutral color and a materials palette with select and strategic pops of color throughout for a sense of surprise.”
Indeed, there are elements that seem to complete the “natural touch”, without disturbing the order. The burst of colours, such as yellow in the kitchen or burgundy red in the living room, give a fresh and modern look to this “royal-like” mansion. The floor-to-ceiling windows invite the landscape inside. A smooth transition between the environments is therefore created. Cozy and inviting, La Cañada Mid-Century is exactly what you need when you feel the hectic lifestyle overwhelms you. The landscape is absolutely staggering, especially in wintertime, when nearby the fire place, you sit on the furry, tender carpets and you admire the nature’s wonders.
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