Design firm Jamie Beckwith is responsible for the striking project showcased in the photos below and located in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Entitled Pool House, this complex residence seems to boast endless colors and textures, paying tribute to a modern-eclectic style, with extravagant Gothic features. Nothing is “common” about the interiors of this home, each room having the ability to surprise its guests with original decorative items and a flamboyant nature.
An elegant fireplace surrounded by travertine stone acts as the focal point of the living room. The social area couldn’t be more inviting, with its comfortable furniture arrangements and large windows opening up to the refreshing garden and pool area. Despite the original decor characterizing the living room, the most visually striking interior of the house is the wine cellar. Especially designed to be observed from above, the flashy interior can host up to 2,000 bottles, but its mere sight is enough to get you feeling dizzy.
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.
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