Embedded in an oval courtyard in a quiet residential quarter in Dong Trieu, Vietnam, the Stone House by Vo Trong Nghia Architects offers a visual treat and- we hope- plenty of inspiration. The torus-shaped building is covered by a green roof, seamlessly integrated in the overall circulation flow of the property. The massive walls create an exterior impression of a cave-like home, softened only by the abundance of plants.
According to the architects, “the rooms surround the oval courtyard, making a colony-like relationship with each other. The courtyard and green roof compose a sequential garden, which creates a rich relationship between inside and outside of the house. The family with two young children have been enjoying their living in the house. They sense each other and deepen their communication, rounding and rounding in the house”. What do you consider are the pros and cons of living in this home? [Photography by Hiroyuki Oki]
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
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