Located in the Belsize Park area of north-west London, this 4 level family residence was designed for a musician and his designer wife. Through the use of the existing structure and careful planning of the living zones, new generation architectural practice Andy Martin Architects (AMA) transformed the former mechanics garage into a stunning family home named Mews 02 Residence. Both the interior and exterior were designed to display a playful light/dark architectural language, creating a powerful contrast that insinuates the need for elegant, modern spaces.
The entertaining areas act as the focal points, flooded with natural light reaching deep inside through the sunken courtyard. This is how AMA describe the project: “On first impression, as one passes through the entry gates, the sunken courtyard resembles a slate quarry with its charcoal blocks running externally and reaching internally to the rear of the residence. Immediately is possible to feel the playful use of dark and light, of black and white. The seamless flooring is flowing horizontally through each level and the contrasting charcoal construction blocks are rising vertically. This spine wall creates the circulation hub and AMA set out to isolate each floor using this device“. By using simple natural vegetation walls and glazed walls, AMA created an effective way of combining natural and man-made elements that shape a reborn residential space.
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