Inspiring a relaxed coastal atmosphere and opening up towards the sand and the sea in Kuaotunu, New Zealand, this beach house designed by architects Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan is welcoming to say the least. The residence consists of several pavilions, reminding one of a camping experience, of being on a holiday and visiting your friends from tent to tent. When developing the plans for this new project, the architects had to consider the owner’s adoration for the former building and all its features. The initial structure was too important to demolish, so it was reinforced and given a larger degree of openness: “The social organization of the plan is relaxed and holiday-like. There is no front entry. Experiences of everyday rituals are connected to the outside and a contrast from urban living. The en-suite opens to the outside, allowing the experience of showering and bathing in nature“. We don’t know about you guys, but to us, this home and its views touched a holiday-sensitive chord.
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
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