This massive, spectacular residence was designed byFernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados and is located in Malibu, California, USA. Malibu Residence displays a modern design, spiced up with vivid colors and adapted to the overall layout. Here is a short statement from the architects: “In line with the project we chose large pieces, in proportion with the size of the spaces, with straight lines, extremely contemporary and technological. We chose especially Italian designs. Leather, velvet metal and glass prevail in the rooms. Pieces acquired in auctions in New York stand out, such as the Campana Brothers’ chair and the curvy stainless steel sofa by Ron Arad“. The most striking element of the residence is a generous indoor pool. Its design and installation was a true challenge for the project development team, as numerous structural studies were required. An organic-shaped external staircase connects the terrace to the master suite and was also a provocative element in the process of planing. Be sure to have a look at the architects’ sketch at the end of the post for a general understanding of the project and tell us if it makes an impression.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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