By incorporating two volumes set at different levels, House 780 sets apart from the other neighboring residential buildings in Manchester, England. Taking full advantage of the topography of the site, the project features a highly original layout and offers stunning views across the surrounding Cheshire landscape. The 5,005 square foot house by British architectural firm Stephenson ISA Studio is accessed via two bridges, one concrete vehicle bridge into the upper level garage and a glass pedestrian bridge onto the mezzanine floor.
The client’s wish was to live in a home that it is “simple in its detail and appearance”. As a result, “all the grilles associated with the air conditioning, blind boxes, glazing frames, door frames, and storage spaces have been designed so that they are not visible, and do not detract from the simple form and clean lines of the building, and its surrounding views”. An extensive use of oak softens the appearance of the exterior facades and ensures a welcoming atmosphere.
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
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light