MIELE Light Box is a commercial Boutique designed by Gonzalo Mardones Viviani and located in Huechuraba, Santiago, Chile. The architectural concept behind this project is said to reflect the atmosphere of Miele, premium supplier of high-end domestic and commercial appliances: “On one side, there is the idea of lightness, where the pavilion comes off the ground so that the volume “levitates” respecting the place without touching it. On the other hand, there is the idea of color, where Miele’s corporate red color is used on all its façades and pillars. The façade folds allow achieving an atmosphere of welfare of the temporary being, where each wall inside sets out to receive the ovens, refrigerators and equipment. In the center of the composition is the bell, also red, hanging from the sky above the main counter. In contrast to this composition, and as a complement, there are two modules of wing furniture and black stools that reaffirm the lines of the built volume“, the architects explained. How do you find this project? [Photography: Nico Saieh]
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.
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