This colossal six bedrooms, ten bathrooms residence located in Bel Air, California, will certainly appeal to those who are fascinated by an opulent lifestyle. Currently on sale for $30 million, the project comes with amenities aimed at satisfying the ego of the most pretentious residents: “A dramatic entry through 12-ft-high gates leads to a long private driveway and motor court that introduces the residence. Inside, the interiors are replete with 16-ft ceilings and such finishes as book matched marble walls and Italian fixtures. An baronial grand hallway links all of the public rooms, creating flow for entertaining. The main floor features an over-sized living room, elegant dining room, screening room, wood-paneled library, wine cellar, and gourmet chef’s kitchen. A soaring sculptural staircase climbs to reveal five guest bedrooms, a gym, and luxurious master suite. An attached guest house completes this rare opportunity“. How would you comment of the design features of this home, in relationship to its price tag?
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
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