Glass, wood and concrete were used to give the residence an interesting depth – wood is used as an accent and glass helps illuminate the interior with bright natural light. Dressed in a concrete play of volumes, this Buenos Aires property was designed by Vanguarda Architects. The wooden entrance door seems to be part of the architecture and welcomes family and guest inside, where a double-height space faces the almost entirely glazed backside. Sheltering impressively modern spaces spread over 502 square meters, the concrete residence is locate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An L-shaped ground floor is completed by a rectangular first floor. Downstairs, living and entertaining spaces, alongside the cooking and dining spaces were gathered in an open space floor plan. Leading to the next floor, the white staircase seen from the outside slowly disappears in the discreet set of private upstairs spaces. On the inside, a fabulous glass bridge connects the upstairs master suite from the other two bedrooms. Bold splashes of color break the monotony and liven up the space, while the retractable glass doors fully connect the interiors to the outdoors.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
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