By playing with transparent and solid surfaces, The Monovolume Architecture + Design, managed create in Meran, Italy, a space that exhales unity, bringing the perfect balance between the interior and the exterior. The rectangular shaped house, called the House M has a very neat look, being a place that “asks” to leave the worries behind and embrace the benefits of relaxation. If you seek for inner peace, there’s no other place to reflect it better: transparent areas, a wide patio, the impeccable white and the contemporary neat environment, they all give you the feeling that you are exploring the limits of a permanent vacation. “The terrain flows through the building and finds his renewal in the pool- and meadow area. Because of a refined external design and the arrangement of the pool, lawn, garden and house the whole concept seems like a unity with seamless transition.”
Probably one of the most interesting items that embellish and approve the clean look is the staircase that connects the floors. Like a story of white piano keys, your steps become an musical odyssey that expects to be played. The House M is an awkward mix of simplicity and subtle details. The neutral colours make the it stand out as a whole, which is really nice because it creates a fluid inhabitable space. Would you like a house like this?
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