The New Old residence is a project completed in 2012 (Melbourne, Australia) by the bright architect, Jessica Liew, which tried to create a home that is both luminous and intimate. Jamie Diaz-Berrio, the photographer, was also very involved in the process, surprising some of the most gorgeous sides of the New Old. The project spreads over 360 square meters and it combines elegantly the classic brick walls and the stone pavements with modern furniture and finishings. Perceived as an open space, its living room offers a stunning view over the interior garden, a picturesque view all the way, because of the small fountain, perfectly integrated into the landscape.
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Its striking simplicity gives birth to a floaty environment, that allows you to breathe. The uncluttered atmosphere is somehow the result of following the streams of a simple design line and eliminating from the very beginning all the unnecessary décor elements. In defining the house have been used plenty of natural materials such as bluestone, timber and marble. The result is an impeccable, neat and relaxing home, that is strongly connected with the environment. What do you think of it?
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
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