Liebel Architekten BDA designed this wonderful serene house in Affalterwang, Aelen, Germany. The house spread over two levels, the garden ground floor level and the first floor, where all the compartmented rooms receive sun from the south. A small courtyard surrounds the house and a small-sized mound covers the front of it. The mound is one of the elements that stand out, adding a shade of personality to this Affalterwang residence. It is a reason of joy for children because they can play on it in wintertime with their sleighs.
The ground floor accommodates the bedroom and a study area (the more intimate spaces), the rest of the rooms being located at the upper floor. The open plan kitchen enhances the feeling of breeziness, being connected to the courtyard through a wide terrace, where you can enjoy a good conversation over a cup of coffee. The blocks of stones discovered while excavating the foundation pit remained in the courtyard and served as “natural” decorations. The house is simple, neat, modern, luminous and airy. The perfect family home!
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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