Architect Claudia Lopez Duplan of López Duplan Arquitectos envisioned a home integrating elements of comfort and style. By reconfiguring the floor-plan, as well as redesigning each of the spaces, the architect created a serene residence in Mexico City. Originally built in the 80s, Casa Lomas Altas rises three and a half floors up, capturing views of the surroundings through frameless windows and sliding doors connected to terraces, at the same time keeping a sense of privacy in all spaces. The living space includes a wall lined with books on each side of the fireplace, while the dining room opens to a terrace overlooking luscious greenery. The upstairs bedroom is a spectacular place, showcasing a long window with a stylish place for books underneath, hinting towards the owner’s love for knowledge. When it comes to the bathroom, the inspiration keeps rolling – toilet and bathtub are captured in between glass, opening both towards the interior space and the exterior view. With a long clerestory window flooding the space with light, this space was definitely created for relaxation.
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