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.
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