When it comes to this highly contemporary home in Israel envisioned by the architects at Pitsou Kedem, nothing seems common or modest. A frontal courtyard excavated to a depth of three meters and a second courtyard at the level of the building’s ground level originally flank the house “This provides a feeling that the space is constantly enveloped by natural light and the greenery of the trees“, explained the architects. A narrow infinity pool adds up to the outdoor features of the property and contribute to the overall geometry.
The most striking element of the project is probably the six-meter-high living area. According to the official description, there are no pillars in the space and the entire front is transparent with glass windows that slide apart with the aid of an electric motor: “Thus, the entire interior of the home opens into the courtyard and the border between inside and outside is cancelled.” All the rooms are glazed from floor to ceiling, offering unobstructed views of the courtyards and swimming pool.
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