The House of Three Rooms is a project that has been completed in 2011 by Marc McCollom in Dallas, Texas, showcasing a concept that establishes boundaries between spaces, without disturbing the harmony. The project consists in three space areas, generically called rooms. The facade is made of large brick blocks and the entrance is marked by a stacked stones panel. The lower level is perceived as a transparent space, therefore the architect chose a floor to ceiling window isolation. The house’s back courtyard shelters a terrace and a swimming pool, providing some extra privacy.
The first room includes a glazed opening, the kitchen and the dinning area. The second room, the core of the house, contains the living room, “bordered” by the dinning room at one end. The stairs and a stone garden is also included in this “limited” space. The last room spreads from the library area to the wooden deck. The whole idea of these openings, with conceptual boundaries (there are no doors to mark limits between the three rooms), was to create an airy, stress-free atmosphere. Elegant, clean lined and appealing, the house is ideal for a small family in search of gorgeous design.
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
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