Meet the exquisite all-white Bemmel Residence, located in Bemmel, the Netherlands. Built on two levels, the lovely rectangular home is an oasis of tranquility, that meets the expectations of the owner. He asked for a minimalist home and an office, both characterised by breeziness and transparence. The project was handled to Bob Ronday and Maxim Winkelaar and this is what they come up with: “We have made a design that exactly suits the wishes of our client. We have used big window frames so there is from the inside a nice view at the surroundings. The large porch at the rear of the house strengthened the inside-out relationship. The residence is well insulated en there is a heat pump installation. Next to the house is a natural swimming pool.” The infinity swimming pool integrates perfectly into the house’s minimalist design line.
The interior is very neat and modern, also “dressed up” in white. The contemporary minimalism characterises the entire living space: the living room, the bedrooms and the bathrooms, even the semi-open porch with its cut outs. Despite the “sterile” kind of look, the house is an inspiration for those who are fond of great examples of minimalist design. The glass panels, replacing the classic walls aim to connect the interior to the exterior.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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