When planning the design and layout of a home, the owners usually begin by considering aspects such as practicability or the comfort of its inhabitants.The brief for the Lucerne Residence however stated that this building had to be-above all- a cool place to accommodate classic vehicles. Daniel Marshall Architects responded to this challenge by developing a state-of-the-art contemporary structure, with a very elegant garage.
According to the architects, the approach was to “wrap the garaging around a central ‘pergatoria’ – a term coined by the Italian architect Terragni for an entry courtyard. The garage doors were detailed to disappear into the adjoining cedar exterior. This area also incorporates the entry,conceived as a three level atrium that entices the visitor up to the living level and to the eventual revelation of the views of the Auckland landscape beyond“. Different from every stand point, we believe this modern home set in a privileged area in New Zealand is a good example of opulent, yet stylish home design-how do you find it?
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
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.