Berlin-based studio Archibald Buro completed the design for Lakeshore House, a 2,600 square-foot contemporary residence in Potsdam, Germany. The home is set amidst the lush trees from Wildpark West and was built using wooden plates which were initially fixed, then wrapped with wooden insulation. Here is more from the project developers: “The facade is painted softwood, the windows fit between the horizontal panels, so there is no sheet metal needed. I wanted the facade as simple as possible, it looks like a simple white wooden box with no gutter from the street. The entrance is accentuated with green glass plates. At the lakeside the large folding glass doors of Solarlux can be opened completely. When you stand in the living room, the glass in the winter garden allows a 180° view over the lake.” Wood was also the main element employed to set the general tone of the interior design, with great aesthetic results. Have a look!
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
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