BmasC Architects have designed the Huete House, a single family residence in Muñopepe, Spain. By “domesticating the last stones of the hillside”, the architects managed to build a massive home on the border between the Avila mountains in Munopepe and the nearby village.The residence consists of a series of “boxes” opening up towards the village through glass facades. Here is more on the structure of the home from the architects: “The largest boxes, which flank the house on opposite ends, remain vertically open to accommodate a communal program and a studio space. The smaller volumes cater to the more private programs with the sleeping quarters elevated above a sheltered void space. The ambiguous indoor/outdoor area provides separation between the domestic zone and studio but remain connected through a second level corridor“. How do you appreciate the architecture of this unusual project?
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
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.