Zwischen-Raum, a house from the early 1900s has been recently renewed by the German design studio, Fabi Architekten. The residence is composed of two different structures sticked together through a “glass bridge”. The original house did not suffer major transformations, due to its origins (the house is perceived as a historical heritage), but the new structure is the extra-space the inhabitants needed to feel good and enjoy the benefits of an uncluttered environment. The house is located in Rogensburg and it spreads on 198 square meters.
Zwischen-Raum residence is surrounded by a beautiful garden, offering a relaxing view. The interior is nice, neat and bright, thanks to the glass transitory area, that allows light penetration from both sides and from above. The new structure is much more vibrant and luminous. The all-white interior creates the feeling of a floaty, relaxing ambience. Despite the “traditional” exterior, the original structure is very modern decorated, following the streams of minimalism. Away from the hectic city vibe, the Zwischen-Raum house is the perfect place to forget that stress exists.
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
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