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?
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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