The Block House, located in a serene and peaceful Melbourne suburb, Australia, is a residential project with strong industrial elements, completed by Taylor Reynolds studio, in June 2012. The house is a fine example of 60’s-70’s suburban architecture, built with inexpressive and inexpensive materials, displaying an industrial-like exterior. The two story home showcases an industrial look, without being too rigid or rough. The “almost” unpolished appearance is the result of the fantastic brickwork, present in the living room area. The interior is also rich in textures and patterns.
The place exhales elegance and the excellent choice of neutral colours reveals a minimalist grace and a refined contemporary design. Here is what the architects have to say about the materials and the patterns: ” The selection of natural, unadorned materials – particularly in the textured concrete blockwork – set the building modestly into the site and street. Texture within the block laying pattern is a significant element in the whole; a typically flat and utilitarian material is transformed, becoming a sculptural element delineating the homes’ spaces.” The dining area, the kitchen and the living room are all connected. The architects managed to create an impeccable living space, that opens up into the garden, offering also a private access to the pool. How do you find this blend of industrial and contemporary minimalism?
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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