Steel Study House II was envisioned and implemented by Hague-based studio Archipelontwepers and is located in Leeuwarden, the capital city of the Dutch province of Friesland. The waterfront residence features a design based on lightweight prefabricated components. Here is more from the architects’ description: “Usually, freestanding houses in Holland are situated in the middle of a plot. In contrast with this the Steel Study House no.2 is using the complete building plot and leaves the middle of the site empty. The complete program of the house is arranged around the patio. The volume is based on a simple orthogonal grid structure of 6 x 6 meters and is linearly modulated in different zones with an alternating rhythm of outdoor and indoor spaces”. Do you find the exterior of this modern residence original? And if so, would you consider the approach when designing your own home?
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.
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.