Envisioned by Alblasserdam-based Centric Design Group, Villa in the Dunes in the Netherlands exudes a highly modern design, spiced up by original details. The residence is surrounded by lush landscape, which sets aside the need for tall fences or closed facades. Instead, when approaching the house, you are greeted by a generously-sized terrace elegantly delimited by a brick wall. It is here that you will find plenty of outdoor leisure opportunities and not to mention very comfortable lounge furniture.
As you step inside, you are welcomed by an open plan living and dining space, perfectly framing the surrounding views. The fireplace wall does a great job at functionally dividing the space. The kitchen communicates with the dining table area, but is hidden from the living zone. Each bedroom features a king -sized bed, a TV and large windows. The most spectacular interior of the residence is probably the swimming pool room, a showcase of elegance and simplicity.
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
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.