Architecture studioBo Design envisioned and implemented the sophisticated Chalet Cyanella, a luxurious mountain cabin located in Megève, French Alps. If you recall, not too long ago we featured another resembling mountain retreat on our site, designed by Paul Bowyer and located in Switzerland. With an exterior defined by wood and plenty of terraces, the project manages to take in the surrounding landscape and deliver it to its guests. An open plan living and dining area sets the tone for a relaxed ambiance, complete with plenty of natural light and good airflow. A central sofa, large enough to accommodate a big family or a large group, acts as an open invite to holiday socializing. The fireplace and chandelier add elegance, as well as aesthetic value. One of the most captivating features of Chalet Cyanella is its swimming pool- be sure to check out the video at the end of the post and tell us what you think!
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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