Rotterdam-based studio Whim Architecturecreated a stunning semi-transparent residence in Burgh-Haamstede, the Netherlands. Known for their persistent lack of curtains, the Dutch people enjoy a freeing lifestyle. This particular residence – Villa BH – although nestled between three other residence and surrounded by trees, displays a stress-free transparency and an inviting interior design. The 2,874 square feet contemporary residence is home to a couple 60+ of age, who are lucky enough to enjoy a splendid display of space, light and surrounding nature. The single level floor plan allows the inhabitants to move freely around the bright spaces. The main living space has a high ceiling covered with a sloping roof and large glazed walls ensure brightness and a seamless connection to the outdoors. An interior courtyard allows the bedroom to be directly connected to the outside, making the resting experience even more relaxing. The street facade easily hides the gorgeous, open interior by displaying a timber finish, where the garage and carport welcome family and guests. Insulated and benefiting from solar electricity, Villa BH is definitely a dream home.
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
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts