We bumped into this 17th century countryside farmhouse on Trendir and we thought of sharing the project with you. A more contemporary section was added to the existing house, creating a comfortable and spacious L-shaped living space. Both pavilions were built from red bricks, enhancing the feeling of the authentic rustic atmosphere. The more recent added section respects the line of tradition but it also brings modern nuances, such as wide floor-to-ceiling windows and a rounded arch-like rooftop. The Hawthbush Farm is in act a 140 acre organic farm, located in East Sussex, away from the dusty crowded urban streets.
For those seeking for a full English rustic experience, this is it: “the farmland provides rolling wildflower meadows, ancient woodland, cattle, sheep, chickens, streams and arable land.” The extension came as a request. The owners wanted more space, without destroying the supremacy and the authentic beauty of the original farmhouse. Mole Architects, the studio responsible with completing the task, simply added a section that allows a better air and light circulation. The new wing blends with the pastoral surrounding, offering a unique living experience (especially at the upper floor where you see how the semi-circular roof works impacts the interior). The house is surrounded by a stunning site, with emerald green vegetation.
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