Believe it or not, this is a family house in South Korea. With square perforations and an eccentric white facade, rich in curvy lines, somehow reminding us of the Dali’s “melting” masterpieces, the Pangyo House, a project designed by Office 53427 is definitely one of those impressive architectural examples worth sharing. So here we are: a three-storey house located nearby Seoul (30 minutes by car) displays an abundance of futuristic details without neglecting the importance of nature. Basically, the house is built around a small garden, connecting the inhabitants with the environment.
By using one of the new construction technologies, Hi-Macs acrylic stone panels, the architects obtained that neat and 3D-like extruded surface, enhancing the feeling of depth. Inside, each edge seems curvy and rounded. There’s nothing regular about this houses’s structure: the “floaty” ceiling (an irregular-shaped undulating surface), the sci-fi staircase (all curved with cut outs) and the unicellular flagellate protists kind of lamps create a very unusual space for what it looks to be a family house. The architects have also integrated some wood finishings. Exquisite and unusual, the Pangyo House is absolutely stunning!
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