Defined by simple geometric rules, the modern AA House was designed by OAB and is located in Barcelona, Spain. According to the description provided by the architects, “the footprint of the building uses a superimposed 7×7 meter skewed grid to support the program in a composition similar to a musical score. The diagonals serve as a roof system that ungulates like an artificial topography, creating skylights in some cases, while in others situations, rising up double the height of other rooftop peaks. At the base floor, the program develops a direct relationship between the interior and exterior through the abundant use of glass-work, trellises, and sliding panels“. Most of the interiors are visually connected to the surrounding green spaces and are flooded in natural light from the generous windows. The bottom level accommodates the library, dining room, an inside swimming pool and an extension of the main bedroom, while the second level hosts the large piano room, with plenty of area for socializing.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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