Looking to build the highest performing LEED Platinum house possible, the owner of the Tiburon Bay House chose a sloped area on the north side of the Tiburon peninsula in San Francisco as the background for this residential project. By commissioning American architecture studio Butler Armsden, this project became an ode to environmentally-friendly architecture. All materials used to built the residence are reclaimed or sustainable. Solar powered electricity and hot water ensure modern, eco-friendly comfort, while the contemporary interior spaces and landscaped surroundings complete the residence’s indoor/outdoor living amenities. Here are a few words from the architects, explaining the structure and design of the modern house: “The floor plan of the house is centralized around a vertical stair to minimize circulation for people and utilities. The rooms are then allowed to spiral away from this core to take advantage of the views and the garden. An exterior bridge that serves as an outdoor living space also connects the garden to the house and solves the difficult problem of entering a house on a fairly steep uphill site. All of the materials used in the project are recycled or sustainable and in some cases, like the retaining walls, were salvaged from the foundations of the original house. Electricity and hot water are solar powered, and there is even a complex water reclamation system that is technologically ahead of the local building codes.”
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.