Otto Medem Arquitectura completed the design for an imposing residence, conveniently located in the mountains of the Madrid region in Spain. The house has a total area of 800 square-meters ( 8600 square feet) and is structured on three levels. From afar, the project can be mistaken for a miniature fortress painted in a vibrant white, powerfully contrasting the surroundings. Its seamlessly chaotic ramifications have a well defined role: that of ensuring unobstructed views from all the rooms of the residence.
The bedrooms are located at the third level and are flooded in natural light from the large windows. The most spectacular element of the project is “an imposing boulder found intruding in the middle of the plot, which was not removed and instead made into a uniting element around which leisure activities are organized, making its presence in the inside as much as the outside. This acts as a sort of base around which the dwelling develops“. Further amenities of Casa El Viento include a swimming pool and a sauna. Find the place welcoming?
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.