We stumbled into this clean and highly modern residence developed by Spanish-German architectural studio YLAB Arquitectos in Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain. The project consisted of a rehabilitation of a 500 m2 (5,381 square feet) living space plus outdoor areas. According to the design team, “the objective was to make this house of classical forms and narrow interior layout into a modern house with large and continuous spaces, allowing owners to enjoy the fantastic views from all areas“.
In order to meet this goal, several major changes had to be made by the architects: “The house was emptied achieving a new layout, the facades were improved to match their geometry, increasing the volume of the house, and new windows and window frames of solid wood carpentry were created, allowing for abundant connections between the exterior and interior spaces of the house“. The outdoor areas were enhanced by using various planters made from recovered sleepers and by creating a bush hammered stone terrace which descends towards the swimming pool
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
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