This minimalist house design is the result of a collaboration between architect Julio Vila Cortell and Viraje Arquitectura. Oficially entitled House V02, the project is located in in Valencia, Spain and displays an imposing silhouette. A clean and well defined geometry makes it stand out in its historic neighborhood, while the unassuming gray&white color palette enhances its modern personality.
Walking through the entrance hallway makes one think of an elegant art gallery. A double-height living and dining space suddently distrupts the visitor’s array of sober thoughts. It is within this inspiring contemporary interior that white and gray are complemented by a wide variety of color inserts, adding up to a warm and vibrant social zone.
Paintings and artwork adorn the walls, while the second level proudly displays a large bookcase. It is interesting to observe how the designers mixed comfort and creativity in order to counterbalance the common rigid feel induced by minimalism. [Photography: Germán Cabo ]
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