Taking in the surrounding blue and green hues, Long Bay Villa mirrors it incredible landscape and becomes a special nature escape. Part of The Long Bay Villas in Anguilla-a resort composed of three distinct, sparkling white buildings- the project is characterized by Greek architecture influences and is said to pay tribute to three elements: water, sky and sand. According to the official description, the residence hosts two levels, connected by a striking circular stairway: “The main floor hosts a spacious living room with formal dining area opening to the pool terrace and breathtaking views of the sea. Also on the main floor is a powder room, and a contemporary kitchen with Kashmir granite floor and counter tops. The kitchen opens to a perfect al fresco dining pavilion with grill set next to the pool. Three of Long Bay Sea Villa’s five impeccable bedroom suites are found on the first floor. Two further master suites are located on the second floor, each boasting a private terrace with steps leading to the pool area.” What do you think: inviting, over-sophisticated or both ?
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.
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