Envisioned by the creative team from Lee Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, the modern Ani Villas overlooking Little Bay, in Anguilla, Caribbean, are in many ways mesmerizing. Today’s post is dedicated to the project entitled Ani South, one of the buildings that make up this stunning cliff-side duo. According to the official description of the villa, “Ani South sits on the southern side of the estate and looks directly down into Little Bay with its shimmering blue waters. The master bedrooms, indoor and outdoor living spaces are oriented toward the breathtaking western view down the Anguilla coast line and sunset views“. Some of the features of the 5-bedroom residence include the possibility for indoor and outdoor dining, roof deck lounge, pool deck lounge, tennis court and gym area. But what I personally appreciate about this project is that if you were to take away its incredible location and its exterior entertainment facilities, other appealing characteristics would still remain. I am talking of course, of its interior design, filled with organic decorative elements that add freshness and personality.
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
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.