Casa Almare was designed by Guadalajara Studio Elas Rizo Arquitectos and is located in Porto Vallarta, Mexico. The attention to detail in this five-bedroom contemporary villa is indisputable, no matter what your stand point is. Even though the residence has a total of four levels, only one is visible from the street, as the rest descend dramatically, yet harmoniously, towards the ocean, on the opposite side. Wooden exterior panels can be used to literally shut and open the residence towards the surrounding environment. The outdoor terrace is continued by a lavish pool, where inhabitants can enjoy relaxing swimming with amazing views. All of the rooms of the residence have large windows overlooking the ocean, which transforms even the most common indoor activities (such as eating, or showering) into nature spectacles. Materials such as stone and tropical wood add warmth and originality to the interiors of this inspiring and tastefully-designed modern home. It is difficult to pinpoint just one detail, but what is your favorite design element 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