El Secreto House was designed by Pascal Arquitectos and is located in Mexico City, Mexico. Despite its name, the residence features a series of open spaces, encouraging spacial communication and continuity. According to the architects, the structure of the project was envisioned as follows: “The house has two levels, a ground floor and a first floor with an additional garage, courtyard with reflecting pool, and a garden area. The ground Floor includes a covered entrance hall, an inner hall, a double height library, two guest bathrooms, a double height Interior Patio, a living room with fireplace, dining room, breakfast area, and kitchen with Pantry and utility room.The residence was build with structure-based construction of concrete with rebar, apparent concrete walls, red brick and use of structural steel elements. The exterior wall finishes and some interior finishes are Galarza stone while cast with vinyl and enamel paints are used in wet areas“. What do you think- welcoming or too sober?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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