Vila Madalena is one of Sao Paolo’s culturally agitated districts. People are eagerly involving in conversation and as a general rule, the social skill is very appreciated. Crowded, culturally enriched and most of all, inspiring, the region is bursting with intense activity. The 400 square meters residence, located in this area, was designed by the Brazilian architecture studio, Drucker Arquitetura. The house is spacious, elegant and last but not least, oriented towards the green landscape. Striking floor to ceiling windows connect the inhabitants (a couple and their three kids) with the garden.
Due to the fact that the house is not isolated, the walls surrounding the house are pretty high. The main idea was to create a space that disconnects from the urban exhausting vibe. The clients also requested more privacy than what a regular neighbourhood house can offer. The transition from the exterior to the interior is almost transparently made. Sliding glass doors create a breezy space, ideal for relaxing and enjoying both the comfort of the sofa and the battery-recharging green courtyard. The modern museum-like interior is transparent and hip, being adorned with fine sophisticated furniture and artistic objects. One of the most interesting items is definitely the staircase, which increases the idea of transparence and fluidity between levels. Back the the courtyard, an emerald-like infinity swimming pool, with a circular opening at the end of it, complete the exterior décor. How do you find it?
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
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