By using various bespoke furniture items, interior decorator Maria de la Osa managed to create a stunning feminine appeal to this Madrid house, turning it into a space filled with patterns, serene colors and bespoke furniture. A mirror table adorns the middle of the living room, gently reflecting the colors and textures of its surroundings. The spotlight in the living space is on the beautiful transition between the space used for entertaining and the space used for dining – a double-sided furniture item that shelters books on one side and kitchen cabinets on the other. The dining area is a semi-secluded space with white Knappa pendant lamps hanging over the dining table accompanied by a pair of walnut Queen Anne chairs with red velvet seat.
Spread along the white background, soft touches of mauve, pink and turquoise and carefully chosen patterns are invaded by natural light coming from the large windows and glazed door leading out to the terrace and garden. Upstairs, the bedroom, closet and bathroom create an oasis of relaxation and a visually pleasant collection of spaces. White frames on the closet doors, with glossy black details seem to be the opposite of the bathroom’s black-framed lacquered steel and glass white counters. Stylish and charming, this Madrid home can be considered a ready-to-move-in dream home.
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
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