Paraguayan architecture studio Bauen came up with an intriguing solution for building two modern single-family homes in Paraguay. By completely reinventing the space and creatively modifying the land, the dwellings were placed symmetrically around a central garden, both benefiting from privacy and plenty of green space. Each of the two homes is embedded in an artificial hill, having their roofs perched above ground in order to allow natural light inside.
Natural stone walls can be seen through the green hills, framing the living spaces and adding a strong visual effect to the facade overlooking the garden and triangular swimming pool. As one continues to look up, slender steel columns take over, supporting the curved roof. The bottom level accommodates the private bedrooms and garage, leaving cars out of site, while the upper floor hosts the public spaces. We invite you to have a look at the virtual gallery below and tell us what you think of this architecture approach.
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
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