Displaying a rectangular wood-covered architecture, the Waldblick Residence (meaning “forest view”) is an independent structure rising from the green surroundings, reaching for the skies with its imposing clean lines. Larch wood profiles cover the exterior facade of the Waldblick Residence, ensuring that the house displays a contemporary, durable design. The low energy home on the outskirts of Lucka, Germany, provides necessary heat and hot water thanks to the solar panels mounted on the south roof.
On this side of the house, the lower floor seems carved into the volume to define where the living space ends and the garage begins. Designed by Atelier ST, the 168 square meters of interior living space were split into entertaining and private spaces, all modern and inviting. Deliberately changing from high ceilings to low-cut galleries and function areas, the architects created a set of complex spatial relationships that create a dynamic interior and add charm to each space by the use of bold and natural colors.
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.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests