Inspirational and strong connected with the rocky-rough environment, the 4249 House, designed by DGBK Architects in Vancouver embraces openness and moreover, integrates natural elements in the mansion’s structure. The boundaries between environments slowly dissolve. The main floor rooms have amazing floor-to-ceiling windows to capture the gorgeous landscape. Cut off on each sides, most of the main floor rooms look like long corridors with side openings, which is great because it gives you the authentic feeling that you are surrounded by the staggering site even when you’re inside.
The house is characterizes by a “chaotic” geometry, inspired by the land’s asymmetry. The ground floor is dedicated to regular household activities such as laundry and storage. The main floor, wider and more luminous accommodates the recreation rooms, the living and the dining room and a beautiful terrace with a jacuzzi. The interior is neat and modern, without shades of extravaganza.
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.