Paul Rudolph designed a stunning New York Urban Retreat at 101 East 63rd Street and now we can draw inspiration from the interiors and details of the magnificent residential structure. Redesigned in the 1960s by talented architect Paul Rudolph, this 19th-century carriage house in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City received a new modern skin in the shape of a four story steel and glass modern residence. Architect’s Rudolph design remained mostly intact during all these years, with a few changes done by the last inhabitant, German-born industrialist and photographer Gunter Sachs: the wall-to-wall carpeting transformed into white-oak floors and the mezzanine and catwalk were given beautiful balustrades. Having had a glamorous past, with parties thrown by its owner at that time – well-known clothing designer Halston – and attended by famous people like Sean Connery, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger and so on, the fantastic residence is now offered by Corcoran Group at $38.5 million and it will sure find an owner very fast.
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.