Beautifully integrated into the neighborhood while still managing to turn heads, this contemporary asymmetric house seems guarded by two trees at the entrance. Cladded in cedar, the home showcasing a sloped roof shelters the daily live of a single professional. Tailored by Canadian studio Splyce Design to the needs and desires of its owner, the home rises three stories in the air under a sloped roof design guided by the staircase placement. Known as the East Van House, the playful geometry of the house refreshes the appeal of the street it occupies.
Do you remember the Russet Residenceon a steep slope of land in West Vancouver? It’s part of the same architectural studio’s portfolio and extends the same invitation to enjoy contemporary design, this time as an asymmetric addition to a suburban neighborhood. The main entrance leads to an open-plan kitchen and dining area at the back of the house, plus the living room and terrace beyond, all facing south and attracting natural light.
Down in the basement, the garage, utility room and wine room are accompanied by a guest bedroom and bathroom. Upstairs, the master suite unfolds to surprise you with a west-facing roof light that frames views of the sky and trees from the bed. There’s also a study here and it might seem simple, but it’s the perfect place to relax after a hard day’s work. The dressing area and small terrace beyond completes the picture-perfect home. Don’t you just love it?
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
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