The inspiring region of Southampton, England with its rural landscapes has determined AR Design Studio to create a storyline that describes perfectly the tranquil flow of this specific area. The Abbots Way is a magnificent architectural masterpiece that satisfies the most exquisite tastes in terms of design. Surrounded by a private forest, the house is an isolated shelter deep inside the woods that keeps every disturbing thought away, like an imaginary shield. Abbots Way House is a five bedroom residence, spacious, luminescent and with a lot of opened space.
The home from the woods is, despite its location, an apposite sample of contemporary architecture. The kitchen area is wide and impressive, studded with blocks of white furniture. The imposing space is pierced by a rectangular massive table, basically occupying the central part of it. The front terrace is magically surrounded by a narrow lane of water, just like the castles we know about from our early childhood readings. Most of the ground floor’s walls are replaced with glass, for a better panoramic view upon the sight. Welcoming the fall season in such a stunning opened space you can call home, must be a spectacle of greatness and colour. The prevailing white adds a glimpse of pureness, climbing on the stairs of relaxation. To wrap it all, this house is ideal for those particular moments when one needs to reset every blue dawn and start from scratch, all refreshed and renewed.
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.
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