Kiev-based architect Igor Sirotov sent us images of a concept residence he envisioned on a rocky ocean coast. Especially designed for enthusiastic people with a love for nature and its many manifestations, the house displays a sober exterior, similar to the roughness of the neighboring stones. In contrast, the interiors inspire a feeling of perpetual rest and cosiness.
The house consists of two parts: one “in” the rock, and another “outside” the rock formations. Nevertheless light is a major asset of the project, especially due to the windows in the ceiling. Each room comes with its special ocean views. Materials used for the construction are stone, wood and glass, a mix which can achieve an organic merge to any environment. Even though the project is just a concept, I would personally enjoy taking a live virtual tour, wouldn’t you? [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Igor Sirotov]
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
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts