A design collaboration between Doepel Strijkers and LEX Architects led to the development of a modern residence in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Entitled Parksite, the dwelling is the result of converting a garage ambulance into contemporary living spaces. By shifting the rear wall with glass, an optimum indoor-outdoor connection was provided, ensuring unobstructed garden views from every room.
A dugout acts as the focal point of the house, while generating height for a second level. The interior design features quite a few interesting details: “Custom-made cupboard, kitchen and stairs finished in bright orange polyurethane, link the dugout to the entrance hall on the street side and the living room on the park side. Loose blocks on the staircase form informal chairs or function as tables. A polycarbonate light-box with integrated LED lights houses the bedrooms and spans the space above the living-kitchen“. Enjoy the views!
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
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