With a relaxing view and a minimalistic neat design, the cozy Haus Wiesenhof is “a place of peace and contemplation”, strongly connected to the natural setting through various balconies, terraces and a neat wood cladded exterior. The weekend residence, characterised by a rustic type of simplicity and serenity, is located in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria and it was defined by Gogl Architekten. “The house communicates with the dominant mountain range, with every view resembling a painting. The decision to utilise archaic materials was made quite consciously to quote the surrounding farmsteads. The client wanted an atmosphere that was light and airy, but also cosy.”
Perceived as an alpine refuge, the House Wiesenhof is the perfect getaway for weekends and vacations. The house boasts several living areas, with stylish minimalist décor and few pieces of furniture, corresponding to the client’s tastes and needs. Oak wood, natural stone and iron were used in defining the house. The architects focused on designing a sustainable home, out of respect for the natural surroundings. The idea was to integrate it seamlessly into the natural surrounding.
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
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