Parking spaces transforming into housing units – is that a viable idea we should seriously take into consideration? According to San Francisco-based designer Aaron Cheng, who submitted this interesting idea to this year’s James Dyson Awards, a building that alternates between housing and parking is not only possible, but it can also be a solution to crowding for both people and cars. The Parking + Housing project is this creative designer’s solution to a common problem – “During daytime, the housing units are compressed to create spaces for parking, while at night, the process reverses with parking turning back into living quarters via a pneumatic structure.” Inspired by the growing number of population and vehicles in major urban areas, the designer’s solution spotted on Fatscodesign offers an alternative space utilization that seems to view this problem from behind a unique structure system: “The Pneumatic Shelter is the key in the development. This involves inflating an ETFE skin with air, inflated from the permanent utility module or hand pump. This unique structure system allows the project to transform from living space to parking space and vice verse.” Would you consider sharing your living space with your car?
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
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