Despite urban planning restriction, Tsl House displays an eye-catching design and plenty of sustainable features. Offering its inhabitants a total living space of 3,700 square feet, this modern Belgian home, designed by Brussels-based studio Adn Architecture and located in Walloon Brabant, is highly inspirational. The building takes advantage of the small, but significant variation of the terrain. A garage was improvised on the side of the project facing the street, while the rest of the residence seems partially immersed in the ground. Once inside, a potential visitor is confronted with an interesting duality of open/closed spaces. The defining white is visually contrasted by black window frames and wooden accents, creating strong effects. How do you appreciate the overall design and architecture of this Belgian home and what would you change, in order to make it more inviting?
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