Daniel’s Lane Residence in Sagaponack, New York is an imposing mansion designed and developed by Blaze Makoid Architecture. From afar, the creative team at Makoid wanted the structure to appear simple and clean: “The two story travertine entry façade is highlighted with a single opening accentuated by a cantilevered stair landing that hovers off the ground. A cut and fold in the wall plane bends to allow for one large glass opening, from which an over scaled wood aperture containing the main stair landing cantilevers“. The second level was imagined as a glass drawer suspended over the main floor below.
Service spaces, as well as the living and dining areas are located below, while three identical children’s bedrooms run from west to east on the second level, together with a master bedroom with a large balcony. Daniel’s Lane Residence was inspired by the iconic architect Norman Jaffe’s Perlbinder House(1970) and by Tod Williams’ Tarlo House (1979).
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