If you are into contemporary architecture, you will find this residential project, designed by the K2LD Architects in Singapore, beautiful and creative. Inspired by the traditional Malay architecture, the Winged House is split into adjacent forms, with a pair of trapeziums which mark the boundaries of the garden area . The odd structure offers an incredible view over the garden, integrating it into the living space. The protective roof, watching over the exterior gathering area, frames the terrace, the pool, the luxuriant maze of green turf that surrounds the inhabitable space. Unusual and imposing, the house inspires a relaxed ambient, that invites people to enjoy the outdoors and embrace the triangular-shaped wooden covering.
The extensive roofline is definitely the main attraction. The good thing is that this kind of structure encourages designers to pay more attention to ventilated spaces. Moreover, taking into account the exotic location, Singapore, the structure comes as a response to the tropical context. The trapeziums basically offer protection even on the rainy days, so if you feel like spending some time admiring the nature’s whims, you’d better prepare a cup of tea and let yourself inspired by the weather. In defining the project, the architects used materials of natural inspiration such as wood, stone and marble. The windows replace some of the walls, for a better connection with the green scenery. Ideal for relaxation sessions, the Winged House emphasises our permanent need of creative approaches towards good living.
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