With offices in Bridgehampton, Stelle Architects were the team challenged to design the Ocean Guest House project – a contemporary residence in Bridgehampton, New York. The house located on the street side of an ocean side property was originally built in the 1970’s and was renovated and added on in the 1980’s. Challenging the architects to create a stunning contemporary building to accommodate guests in the back of the property, the owner needed a modern collection of spaces that would be as welcoming as possible and display an interesting architecture. Thus, the Ocean Guest House was designed as a two-story structure sheltering two bedrooms, two baths and a kitchen/sitting room. Reached via the staircase between the downstairs garage and the storage and laundry spaces, the upstairs apartment offers privacy on the side facing the driveway and opens the interiors to views of the garden with pool and the immense blue ocean on the other side. The fiber cement panel skin creates overhangs and covered terraces, allowing the interiors to be flooded with a perfect amount of natural light. Probably perfect as a residence, this guest house shows that luxury allows many forms of welcoming others into your house, or a separate house, in this case.
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
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