Bright and spacious, the Blake House in London discovered by our site on 1st Option ranks high in inspirational details. A simple color palette defined by white and spiced up with unexpected vivid hues lets out a feeling of elegance and neatness. Each interior seems more imposing than the next and the consistent design makes the room transition very smooth.
Seekers of original decorating details will probably find the giant butterfly imprint in the main living space appealing. Embedded in a simple, white decor, its effect is memorable. We also appreciate the addition of colorful chairs, adding a touch of vitality to the spaces. The connection between the two levels of the loft is ensured by a minimalist stairway, of industrial origins. Generously-sized windows flood the loft in natural light and amplify the refinement of the overall home design. How would you comment on the atmosphere this home exudes?
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