The first Active House in Russia was designed by architecture firm Polygon Lab and is situated in the outskirts of Moscow, in Zapadnaya Dolina. According to the developers, “the design is based on the Active House principle of reaching a balance between energy saving, healthy indoor climate and care for the environment, all of which add to the architectural quality and well-being of the residents“. This particular home in Russia is said to be energy efficient and easy to operate. Its design integrates various energy sources, such as solar thermal collectors, roof windows, a PV solar cell system to generate electricity and a highly effective heat pump. Moreover, the residence features multiple layers of insulation, as well as a healthy indoor climate, filled with natural light and fresh air. This is possible due windows that open and close based on the CO2 levels in the house. More information about this project on Aktivny Dom.
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