There’s something about the beach houses that makes us go “wow”, every single time we bump into one. Maybe it’s the general ambience or the particularly beautiful surroundings, the azure blue waters or the breathtaking cliffs, that allow us to return to a genuine dreamy state of mind. We’ve seen the enchanting region of Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia and we simply fell in love with it. One of the loveliest residential projects we’ve seen here is definitely is Point King Residence. The house is characterised by privacy and breeziness. “The house has been designed as a slatted timber box overlaying a limestone base. Nestled into the rear of a sloping block, the ground floor anchors the house, allowing the second floor to ‘float’, suggesting lightness.”
The team responsible with the project, HASSELL Studio, designed the house with the clients in mind. Their request was to have a place where to gather the entire family and spend quality time together, disconnect from the routine and rest. The house was divided in three different areas: shared, private and living. When it comes to execution and details, the interior looks absolutely stunning. The bedroom offers some of the most amazing views, due to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
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
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