Seaview House is a project that mixes the rural scent with the tranquility of a place that brings the sea a little bit closer to the inhabitable place. The exquisite home, located in Barwon Heads, Australia, has been designed by Jackson Clements Burrows and envisioned as a particular seaside retreat, that surprises the elements of change in a neighbourhood that also develops and expands fast. Subsequently, it became a permanent home. Seaview House is unique in terms of architecture, showcasing a post-war beach structure with rural details. Divided in three pavilions, the spaces are smoothly connected by glazed links. “The design of the house was carefully conceived to embrace the essence of the clients existing rural and coastal lifestyle and to accommodate the later stages of their lives.”
At a closer look, the Seaview House reminds us of the authentic American barns, only with the extra element of sophistication, of course. The pavilions are oriented South, Northwest and Northeast. The South pavilion provides an open plan living space, with a long, corridor-like kitchen. The main material used in defining the Seaview House is wood. Everything keeps its simplicity, from the decoration to the structure. The space is breezy and comfortable, giving that particular feeling of relaxation, we are all looking to find in the intimacy of our homes.
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
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