Thailand is currently a very sought after destination for both holidays and residential projects. This seven-bedroom villa has a remarkable design and is located in Cape Yamu, Phuket, only one-minute away from an incredible-looking private beach. Designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the project occupies an area of 2.005 square meters, on a lot of 15 000 square meters. The property is situated in a very privileged region and is flanked by extensive landscaping and various water features. The interior design is minimalist and elegant, with a simple black and white color palette and tall windows, allowing natural light inside. This way, the arrangements, envisioned by designer Debbie Oppenheimer, are complemented by the views across Phang Nga Bay. There are many interesting decorations to be observed in this home, including sculptures and other works of art. Some of the amenities of this villa include a large swimming pool, jacuzzi, a gym, a home theater and a sauna. Intrigued?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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