Benn & Penna Architects completed the design and development for Southern Highlands House, a home-office pavilion exhibiting original modern architecture details in New South Wales, Australia. Inspired by a quote belonging to American architect and artist Marion Mahony Griffin- “A tiny house, like a tiny temple, can be a perfect work of art”- the designers managed to deliver a welcoming dwelling with an intriguing modern look. The new construction sits alongside two existing pavilions containing the functions of sleeping and living.
According to the architects, the three pavilions are “loosely arranged alongside one another at the base of a natural amphitheater formed by the tower sandstone cliffs of the Barragorang Valley“. Non-combustible metal sheeting was employed to protect the building from the hazards of the environment. The new working area is as inviting as it gets, with its generously-sized windows, comfortable furniture and visually-friendly materials. [Photographs: Tom Ferguson]
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
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