The Keystone Ave Residence in Culver City, California is a modern family home completed by RILEY Architects. The focus of the project was to make the most of the temperate Southern California climate; this was mainly achieved by creating a social living space that extends outdoors with the help of a large terrace. A sense of warmth and harmony can be perceived throughout, due to an abundance of color and a well chosen mix of materials. The residence provides a healthy environment where the family can come together in various areas of relaxation, both in the garden and inside the house.
The overall design approach inspires playful dynamics. According to the architects, “the massing of two intersecting volumes allowed the street frontage to remain lower profile and in keeping with the surrounding urban fabric, while the two-story portion of the house created room to create additional bedrooms and a playroom for the growing family, the required covered parking became a perfect place for a long outdoor dining table and a small enclosed porch created the opportunity for an outdoor shower in the middle of the city.” Have fun strolling through the virtual gallery and please share your thoughts in the comment section below! [Photography by Jeff Goldberg]
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
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