Before designing this project in Portugal, the architects at Paulo Merlini visited and analyzed other similar spaces trying to find some errors that could be corrected: “We found out that a basic error being committed was that most of these services only had one type of space. This design attitude ignored the variation of mood one fells during the day, or even if he walks there alone or with friends, needs a place to read a book or just wants to socialize. So, to bridge this flaw, we created three different environments. This way he costumer can select the space that fits better to his or her mood, rather than have to adapt itself to an imposing environment.
The presence of color and forms that are food alike actually makes people hungrier. So to get that input on the users, we picked the twenty most wanted products of the bakery and based on a pattern of global identification we found a middle tone and applied it on the walls. On the formal approach, we made the ceiling melt in some points to make it look like a cake topping”. [Information provided via e-mail by Paulo Merlini, Photo credits: João Morgado – Architecture Photography]
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
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.