Shore Vista Boat Dock was designed by Bercy Chen Studio, an architecture and urban planning firm, based in Austin, Texas, USA. Located on a bend in Lake Austin across from Canyonland Nature Preserve, the new boat dock not only has a functional purpose, but also serves as a relaxation scene for the travelers who reach the area. Its elliptical shape – a very practical feature- is said to be inspired by the characteristics of the site. According to the architects, the form of the construction “maximizes the beautiful views of the undulating hills beyond. The rounded edges of the dock peel away, allowing more of the landscape to be captured into the visual frame.” The overall design of the dock is quite appealing, even though some elements are not adapted to the environment, making the project a bit foreign to this beautiful and natural landscape. There are plenty of chairs available for relaxing moments and a spiral-shaped stairway directs the visitors towards the upper level of the dock. How would you comment on the design of this project?
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
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