It doesn’t take more than a superficial glance through the photos below to realize this is no family crib. The Harold Way project in the Hollywood Hills was tailored by Whipple Russell Architects on the needs and desires of a modern bachelor. So much so, that the residence features 4300 square feet of shiny contemporary luxury, including the owner’s very own parking lot within the living space.
Windows encircle the living areas, ensuring unobstructed views of the vibrant city lights below. Here are more interesting details provided by the architects: “The floor plan surrounds an all-white open fireplace in the living area and in the dining area sits a modular marvel of a modern, motorized dining table. Throughout the house extruded skylights provide extra light, along with pivoting 12” high glass doors in the kitchen that open to the viewing deck. Downstairs is all Master Suite and Theater- a wall of glass maximizes the view from bed or seating area”. Find the place… attractive?
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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.