JPGN Residence is the work of Danilo Matoso Macedo, one of the most promising Brazilian architects of our times. The imposing luxury home, completed in January, dominates with its precious exterior, one of Brazilian’s capital top suburbs. Wrapped in stone and with a fantastic open rooftop, the JPGN Residence exhales pure elegance and high class refinement. The very modern appearance is completed by the luxuriant vegetation, creating the perfect environment for a young and dynamic family. The architect played with volumes and shapes, focusing on creating a breezy space.
The airy feel is suggested especially through the wide and spacious rooftop, where one can enjoy a relaxed evening, in the company of his or her friends. For those who want to exploit their creative side, the JPGN’s rooftop is ideal for preparing special romantic moments for their sweetheart. The wide, floor to ceiling windows allow a better penetration of light. While the mosaic pavement embellishes the terrace area, the interior is adorned with glossy tiles, extremely easy to clean. Beautiful and enchanting, the JPGN Residence is a delightful example of modern-volumetric architecture.
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
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