Glamuzina Paterson Architects have completed a modern residence in Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand. Entitled S House, the building separates the site into two gardens, not taking into account the conventional diagram of the front and back yard. Perfectly integrated in a green setting, the project offers good views from every room. According to the architects, “S House differs from the standard villa with a compact form and central circulation, with the elongated plan allowing for an extensive surface connection with the landscape.
The activities of the house take place across a singular spine corridor which expands and contracts spatially as the house mediates the site, creating the contradictory east native garden and the west exotic sculpted garden. The complementary gardens are connected by the children’s play area and bedrooms opening up to the two gardens”. The interiors of this large home- especially built for a family of five– inspire both elegance and opulence.Have a look!
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
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