Showcasing opulence and architectural diversity, Leblanc-Cox Residence was envisioned by Texas-based architect Charles Todd Helton and is located in Austin, USA. According to the official project description, the design was “inspired by the home featured in the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, North by Northwest. It is a modern design with an overall “Frank Lloyd Wright” feel. Open spaces with high ceilings and large windows characterize the house, which backs up to the Hogg Bird Sanctuary and Bayou Bend“. The side of the residence facing the street is defined by compact walls of stone and wood, while the opposite facade was adorned with generous windows, opening up the rooms towards the two level swimming pool with three waterfalls. A large open plan social area sets the tone for an elegant haven, where opulence feels at home. How would you comment on the use of space and materials in the photos below? Can you find any striking resemblance between this residence and Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” house?
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
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.