Overlooking the botanical gardens of Wellington, the Sea View House is an exquisite contemporary home designed by Parsonson Architects. Two iron roof sections set up the structure of the house, framing it and creating an interesting visual effect. The site is simply stunning: you’ve got the sea with its wonderful golden beaches, the mountains, the gardens and the city. Creating a harmonic interior, the architects wanted to achieve a space ideal for a large family of different age groups. Besides the metallic roof framing, plenty of cladded wood has been used in defining it.The two gestures (the iron framing) create “varying geometries and spaces with differing characters, materials and levels of light.”
Almost every room has an amazing view. The Sea View House, like the name already points it out, promises a very relaxing environment. The sunlight tickles especially in the morning and in the afternoon: you can take advantage of it and enjoy some lazy hours spoiling yourself with a good book and a cup of coffee. The house is envisioned as a transparent space, aiming to focus on what you actually have to see outside and somehow connecting the inhabitant with the surroundings.
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