House U is a project designed in Dubrovnik, Croatia to meet the expectations of the clients, a couple, their adult children and their families. Spacious and functional, House U is divided in two different living areas, one for the parents and another (accommodating two apartments) for the children. Designed by 3LHD, a collaborative architectural studio, particularly interested in the integration of architecture, art and (urban) landscape, the House U is a relaxing living space, the sum of three residential units. “The house is set on top of the plot with a wonderful view of the Old City and Lokrum Island, while the lower part is intended for a great and lush garden.”
The zen house integrates seamlessly into the rocky landscape, due to the ornamental stone cladding that surrounds the exterior swimming pool and the house. A terrace is strategically placed between the two living areas, connecting the families through a shared outdoor space. Envisioned as a place for socialising, the terrace is a wonderful place to enjoy the company of the others and admire the wonderful green site. The interior is characterised by a simple design line and the furniture is custom made, underlining the presence of minimalism (colours and materials).
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