Kiev-based architect Igor Sirotov sent us images of a concept residence he envisioned on a rocky ocean coast. Especially designed for enthusiastic people with a love for nature and its many manifestations, the house displays a sober exterior, similar to the roughness of the neighboring stones. In contrast, the interiors inspire a feeling of perpetual rest and cosiness.
The house consists of two parts: one “in” the rock, and another “outside” the rock formations. Nevertheless light is a major asset of the project, especially due to the windows in the ceiling. Each room comes with its special ocean views. Materials used for the construction are stone, wood and glass, a mix which can achieve an organic merge to any environment. Even though the project is just a concept, I would personally enjoy taking a live virtual tour, wouldn’t you? [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Igor Sirotov]
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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