Fernau + Hartman Architects completed an energy-efficient, interesting looking contemporary home located in Santa Ynez, California, USA. The property belongs to a couple of serious art collectors and former gallery owners and consists of various protected courtyards, a swimming pool, a detached studio and a guest house. According to the architects, the clients “wanted a small, energy-efficient home that engaged the landscape and embraced the rural setting.”
“The main volume of the house is an east-west oriented wedge which functions as the dining/living space. The kitchen and master bedroom pierce this wedge and extend out to form protected courtyards on the north and south. The studio/guest house stands free of the main structure and defines and shelters the entry”. The refined tastes of the owners can be seen all throughout the interiors below which inspire elegance and good taste. Concrete and wood were the main materials employed, resulting in an overall effect of natural warmth.
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
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts