Mumbai-based architecture practice NU.DE came up with a provocative modern concept for bathroom showroom ABC Emporio in Kannur, India. Playing with perceptions, the team envisioned a sculptural geometric addition, partially wrapping the front and side facades of the building. This white tessellated shape powerfully stands out and gives the building its dynamic appearance. The material employed for this unit is Corian, manufactured by Dupont. And if you will have a look at the photos at the end of the post, you will notice how this material allows the white volume to glow at night via embedded LED lights.
Step inside and you will be greeted by a futuristic setting, with the receptionist’s desk acting as the focal point of the entrance. This furniture piece is a recreation of the tessellated shape adorning the exterior’s building. With the edges of the triangular forms being colorfully illuminated, the place gets a very distinct look and feel. All items are perfectly organized, which makes the process of choosing something fairly easy. Enjoy you virtual visit through the neat chambers of this contemporary bathroom showroom and tell us if you like what you see! [Photography by Shamnath J Patil]
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
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