Welcome to a virtual tour of a villa displaying sophisticated traditional details and accommodating no less than seven bedrooms. The 53 Strand Beach Drive Residence in California, USA has a total area of 9,000 square feet and extensive ocean vistas. Here is more from the official description: “Occupying the most enviably sited parcel on this beach, this villa enjoys numerous vistas of the Pacific, islands, and sunsets. Interior spaces open seamlessly to loggias, terraces, and Mediterranean gardens overlooking the ocean. The defining features of Italianate architecture have been artfully blended with an informal plan to create a home that is grand and substantial, as well as warm and inviting. The impressive three-story residence is built around a courtyard awash in sunlight optimizing privacy, light, and ventilation.” Would you say that the traditional details of this oceanfront residence make it an interesting alternative to modern rental holiday homes?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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