Inspirational and recreational, Casa Cubo (the name sais it all) is an (almost) rectangular house, designed by Studio MK27, in the city of Sao Paolo. The uncluttered residence is entirely made of concrete, showcasing contemporary metallic finishings. The ground floor is structured as an open space but the interior can be “hidden” under sliding metallic panels (for an additional amount of privacy). The house is surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, being perfect for spending time to recharge your batteries. It’s like a mini jungle sprinkled with natural zen elements, that makes you forget about the city rush!
There’s also the wooden deck, that gives you a warm feeling of tranquility: it’s like you are sitting nearby the lake, admiring its transparence, without thinking of something specific, but losing your thoughts into its lucid infinity. The asymmetrical openings are adapted to the landscape. The interior is bright and breezy, inviting the nature inside. The splash of natural green can be wonderfully admired from the open space living room or from the terrace. It gets really beautiful in the evening, at dawn, when you can hear the wind whispering while sitting and enjoying a good book. Such a wonderful and neat house! Isn’t it?
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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