We recently received an intriguing project from Cityhome Collective. I went with “intriguing”, because it is not everyday you see a beautiful home for sale accompanied by another perfectly functional adjacent cottage, ideal for a mother-in-law apartment, guest home, or nanny suite. The project is located in Salt Lake City, USA and is called “Home |+1”. We like it, because this it is the type of lot some search for years in a row and eventually end up finding a property with one construction and building another separate home next to it. The main residence in this case was designed by Ron Molen and features 4 bedrooms, large, open-concept living/dining rooms, office with vaulted ceilings, fitness/media room with hardwired speakers and kid’s climbing wall, a private, Scottsdale-style front patio with fire pit, 10-person swim spa with swimming and rowing equipment, a 3 car garage and many more. The smaller of the two homes comes with 2 bedrooms, a lovely fireplace and newly renovated kitchen and bath. Would you consider your family living with someone else within the same courtyard? And if so, who would be that special someone?
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests