Displaying a highly original architecture and layout, House L by Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten is an inspiring example of modern living. The 620 square meter L House is located in Oosterhout, The Netherlands and is surrounded by a charming setting which influenced the outcome of the project: “The ground floor was raised with respect to the current ground level, with large glass surfaces positioned to look out over the rural landscape and terraces running the length of the building with an unbroken roof surface on corbelling, all of which allow the outer space to be experienced to the full“.
Minimalism defines all the interiors of the residence, emphasizing on the beauty of the surrounding landscape According to the architects, the ground floor may be described as a single, open space where the massive volumes and the project-oriented design of the interior provide a further connection with the outside. It is here that the primary living functions are located, with all rooms flowing seamlessly into one another.
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
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.