This modern beach house in East Sussex is an astonishing dream home caught between intriguing surroundings. Built not far away from the inviting beach, the fascinating contemporary home displays glass and timber details that make it look like a transitional design between a beach house and a modern residential building in the suburbs. A V-shaped floor plan allowed the architect to construct a semi-circular terrace on the first floor and a similar but larger deck downstairs. The living room downstairs can be fully open to the outside deck, but the owners can also choose to admire the views from the upstairs contemplating space. The kitchen and dining space create a seamless place that incorporates views and modern furniture in order to make everyone feel at ease. Even from these spaces, we can clearly see the influence of the nearby beach in the choice of colors, textures and art. Details that capture a beach lifestyle can be enjoyed in many corners of this house. Also, two round staircases connect the floors – a white metal one outside and a metal and wood staircase on the inside. Is this what you have in mind when thinking about a dream home by the sea?
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
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