With an exterior inspiring holiday vibes, Agua House by Barrionuevo Sierchuk Arquitectas is probably one of the most serene modern home designs in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. According to the architects, the residence has a total surface of 450 square meters (4,840 square feet) and was built for a couple without kids. The ground floor program includes impressive reception areas, that open and close through wooden sliding doors which can be hidden into the walls.
The color palette for the interior was chosen in close relationship to the two stone walls (made of Laja Neuquen) which interact with most of the rooms in the house. Floor to ceiling glass doors and large windows at the second level allow unobstructed views of the neighboring Canal Arias river. The swimming pool spectacularly mirrors light changes throughout the evening and adds a sense of dynamics to the entire architectural scene.
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