A highly modern home inspiring openness and dynamics was recently completed in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand by IDIN Architects. The concept of the residence is based on the owner’s passion for traveling and kayaking. Interpreting the owner’s lifestyle and passion and mirroring it into architecture was the most difficult task for the architects. The result is a mix of volumes, two of them cantilevering in order to create a striking effect, one that is said to give away the feeling of challenge and adventure.
W House has a distinct color palette mainly defined by uncoated concrete gray, black-gray and brown-red. The materials and tone were especially selected considering the entire context of the building. The color of skin coat concrete matches the surrounding landscape. The ground level is black-gray in order to conceptually divide “the boat from the river”, as well as the second floor from the ground. In addition, the site location is on a brown-red soil, thus explaining the choice for this color in the overall house design.
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