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
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