With a perfect location in a secluded forest in Tapalpa, Mexico, Toc House is an impressive 3,445 square-feet contemporary home completed byElias Rizo Arquitectos. An interesting mix of wood and stone define this modern residence, making it blend well in its natural environment. Different from every standpoint, Toc House is truly inspirational for anyone planning on having their very own quiet retreat. The most spectacular element of the project is probably its generous cantilevered terrace, with plenty of space for outdoor furniture.
The most spectacular element of the project is probably its generous cantilevered terrace, with plenty of space for outdoor furniture. The numerous windows opening up the home towards the beautiful landscape make for spacious and airy interiors, flooded in natural light. Even though the rooms display a variety of textures, wood is the predominant material, making each space feel warm and inviting. Enjoy the virtual tour and tell us what you believe are the pros and cons of living in a house like this.
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
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