Australia has its share of fantastic residential architecture that continues to grow – one example is the Banya House in Brisbane. Reached via a driveway in between grassy lawns, the modern residential construction opens to the street by displaying its complex facade featuring a welcoming vertical entrance behind the covered gate. Arranged around a central courtyard, living zones were capable to offer an almost seamless connection to the outdoor space. Making use of sliding glass walls, architects of Brisbane-based TONIC studio designed a light-filled house that can also be adapted to suit a multitude of potential occupants. A long, sculptural red and black kitchen counter stretches to shape the kitchen and continues with a living space highlighted with red seating. On the other side of the kitchen, the dining room ca easily be extended outside and towards the outdoor BBQ across the covered terrace. Upstairs spaces are private but have the same transparency visually linking to the central courtyard – a glass railing system creates a terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Imagining the luxurious house as a comfortable, stylish collection of transformable spaces, architects have designed a welcoming plot of land shining from dusk till dawn.
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