Have a look at this incredibly shaped residence envisioned by Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio in Osaka, Japan. Structured on three levels, the minimalist modern project was especially developed to serve the needs of a family with two children. The shape of the building is truly impressive and completely adapted to its narrow 43.21 square-meter site. Large windows seem to open up the residence towards its landscape, while flooding the home in natural light.
Here is more from the architects: “The client’s former house, which stood on this site, was a wooden two-storey house. The adjacent sites were closed and natural light didn’t enter into the old house. Therefore the client requested the family room (living area, dining area and kitchen) to be as large as possible without pillars or load-bearing walls, and that natural light entered the house, especially the family room. Since the site was narrow, the volume of the building took up as much of the site as possible. The parents’ bedroom was placed on the ground floor, the family room on the first level, the rooms of children on the second floor and the terrace was placed on the roof“. What do you think are the perks and downsides to living in a home like this?
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
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