The modern and inviting House Among Pines in Murcia, Spain offers its inhabitants 467 square meters of comfortable, stylish interior living spaces. Designed by Xpiral, the residence was built to expand the interior life to the outside environment, allowing the owners to experience a modern lifestyle and a strong connection to nature. Embedded into the mountain, the lower floor shelters the carport and an access point to the upper floor. The cantilevering volume helped in constructing a unique architecture, personalized for the terrain and inhabitants. A suspended C-shaped floor plan allows the south and east facades to be well lit through extensive use of glass and help the interiors stay bright and sunny whenever the weather permits it. There are a few special features that express the comfort and modernity of this house: the central courtyard, the solarium and the swimming-pool, as well as the roof lien that blocks views from neighbors and captures valley and mountain scenes in the distance. Concrete, thermo-clay and steel are beautifully contrasted by the use of wood in different ways, from walls to floors, so the residence displays a beautiful mix of building materials. Look at the photos for a better grasp of the residence’s architecture and let us know what you think.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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