GM Arquitectos completed the design and development of the Gallery House, a project reflecting the owners’ major passion for art. Especially envisioned for a family and their young daughter, the massive residence offers everything a family might need in terms of comfort and modern living requirements. Located in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia, the 500 square meter house takes advantage of the warm climate and opens up towards its surrounding landscape through charming looking bamboo panels.
Everything about this place inspires serenity and a holiday-home sensation. Surprising no matter what the standpoint, the Gallery House exhibits opulence in the most unpretentious way. Enhanced by impressive works of art, each interior displays its own personality, contrasting the white-defined general color palette. The swimming pool seems to be a natural extension of the project, perfectly integrated in the design of the building. [Photography by Luis Fernando Ramos]
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
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