An environment that lets you breathe and relax is sometimes all we need to forget about stress. Mountains can represent a wonderful place to escape from routine. It is said that, in the middle of nowhere, you can embrace the environment in its pure and untainted form. Raw but peaceful, Savoie is a piece of paradise. The Mineral Lodge caught our attention and we decided to share this project with you. Built on the peak of the mountains, at an altitude of 1200 metres in Savoie, France, the house adopted a contemporary look despite its location. What is more relaxing than enjoying a good coffee in the company of the morning sun?
Dramatic sunsets and fairytale-like dusks illustrate a place that forgets about the meaning of time. Time stops and it has no value here. The Mineral Lodge, project realized by Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard came as a reinterpretation of the old chalet. It keeps some of the features but it adds a new touch of contemporary chic to it. The outside walls are paved with stones and wrapped with wood, blending perfectly with the natural landscape. Luminous and bright, the home located in the French Alps is more than a simple chalet. It has all the attributes of a home.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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