The creative minds at Metropolis designed a contemporary residence entitled Casa Casuarinas in Santiago de Surco, Lima, Perú. The project has a total area of 560 square meters and is structured on two levels. Sustainable materials such as stone, marble and wood were employed throughout. The bottom level was envisioned as a giant glass box, opening the project towards the backyard and swimming pool area.
The poolside terrace space also features outdoor lighting that can be modulated to meet various social situations. According to the architects,”the second floor was designed as a perforated container, with a higher roof to promote inner sense, unlike the first floor that is reaching out“. The interiors are highly elegant, offering an interesting mix of materials and textures. Through the floor to ceiling windows, the inhabitants can enjoy unobstructed views of the Andes. How would you comment on the overall architecture and design of this contemporary residence?
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
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.