Elton+Leniz Arquitectos Asociados completed the design for Ranco House, a modern residence with an original architecture located in Lago Ranco, Chile. Built around various native trees, the project is well adapted to its natural surroundings and makes the most of the privileged site. The house is composed of two volumes connected by a bridge, resulting in an intriguing overall exterior appearance. Shingles and wood were the main materials used, thus responding to the typical building language in this south part of Chile.
According to the architects, “the result is a mix between a typical southern barn and a contemporary house, taking care of the integration of interior and exterior, in which, like a tree house, the house takes a privileged position facing the landscape“. Showcasing an intimate and cozy feel, the interiors feature rustic details throughout. Wooden beams, ladders and highly original decorations make this a dreamy place of refuge from the worries of day to day life. Enjoy strolling through the photos and tell us if you enjoy the layout and overall design showcased by this home.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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