According to Russian architect Nicholas Lyzlov who developed Ruben Dishdishyan Retreat, the owner wanted a crib that was “closed from the neighbors, but also completely open to nature. The rear facade of the house is entirely open – there are huge windows and all of the rooms can see the forest. The house is like a fairytale.” Brick and wood were chosen as exterior finishes, strongly rooting the project in its environment, a forest reserve in Benelux where local regulations only allowed building on a surface of four hundred square meters (4300 square feet).
As you step inside, the soberness slowly melts and even though you are greeted by rooms with tall ceilings, the overall sensation is that of warmth and coziness. The colorful ceiling in the living room adds a bit of playfulness to an interior where social interaction is thus encouraged. Any other details you find appealing?
The residence was integrated in a forest reserve in Benelux, where building was only allowed on a surface of four hundred square meters (4300 square feet).
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