This massive 2,365 square-foot home is perched on a San Juan Island shoreline in Washington, USA. The project was developed by Seattle-based David Vandervort Architects to reflect and frame the waterfront views, through mirroring glass walls. Two pavilions make up the villa and are arranged so as to integrate modern living into the site. Sunset Point Residence was especially designed to accommodate a couple seeking comfort and security.
According to the architects. “the exterior materials allude to island appropriate but substantial design, with CMU block, naturally stained cedar siding, hot rolled steel and metal roof being the predominant elements. These materials are brought inside as structure and accent, with the great room fireplace set in CMU and steel columns evident throughout. These columns support a nearly two story curved window wall and loft overlook in the Great room“. Other amenities of the residence include an outdoor entertaining patio, natural landscaping, utility area and a two car garage. How do you find it?
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
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