Located in Bangkok, Thailand, Baan Moom is a highly modern residence especially designed by Integrated Field for a family of five. The new building was constructed next to the inhabitants’ former living retreat and a special passage way ensures a good connection between the two. A massive white volume hosts the three floors, each having its own well defined function. According to the official architects’ description, the residence accommodates one master bedroom with master bathroom for parents, two bedrooms and two bathrooms for the sons, a living/dining space, a working room, an open kitchen, a Thai kitchen and a lap pool.
Several unexpected design additions add originality to the interiors. A triangular skylight on the rooftop and internal voids in every room allow natural lighting inside. The voids also provide natural ventilation for each room and visual connection for family members. Wood is an important functional and aesthetic factor in the design scheme, together with other materials such as steel frames, insulated glass and even fishnet from the ocean liner.
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.