Designs Northwest Architects completed a floating home on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. The residence hardly resembles typical contemporary American architecture, but rather seems to pay tribute to industrial buildings. All in all, its appearance is charming and the home makes a lovely contrast with the water. Especially designed for a retired couple with a passion for art, the structure has a total area of 1200 square feet and blends traditional decorating elements with the comfort of modern living. The owners’ love for water was one of the most important factors to consider when planning this crib. Every room features generous windows that allow unobstructed views of Lake Union and the yachts nearby. The interiors are warm and inviting, due to various wooden decorative features and art works spread throughout. With great views of downtown Seattle, the rooftop deck is the perfect place to contemplate on the urban racket, from a very privileged and “safe” spot.
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