The Vaucluse House was designed by Sydney-based studio MPR Design Group and is a four level luxury home located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Reflecting the topography and landform of the Sydney Habour basin was the main objective of the architects. The modern residence is composed of various horizontal layers, which contribute to contemporary visual contrasts given by the materials employed (steel, glass and locally hewn sandstone). According to the project development team, “the four storey residence incorporates its primary living areas on the top floor taking advantage of 180 degree views of the city and harbour. With exposure to the north and west and the ability to open up completely to the outside, the house has effective cross ventilation negating the use of air conditioning. The house is connected by a light filled stair shaft with entry via a double height foyer located on the bedroom level. A seamless transition between internal and external spaces means that living areas flow to outdoor balconies and covered terraces.”For a better understanding of the project, take a look at the architecture plans in the last photos of the post.
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
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