Jellyfish House, an ingeniously designed residential project was completed recently by the Dutch Wiel Arets Architects in Marbella, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Forget about conventional homes and make room for a world full of wonders. This is the type of property that allows you to indulge yourself and enjoy sunbathing and swimming while taking advantage of the exceptional setting. A rooftop terrace and swimming pool overlook the turquoise sea waves, the Sierra Blanca mountains and the neighbouring houses. The rear wall of the pool features a large window, allowing the residents…to admire the ripples of light spreading throughout the entire house.
“This pool has a glass-bottom floor and a panoramic window at its interior facing edge, both of which are 6 cm thick; the latter allows those in the kitchen to voyeuristically view those swimming, while a third window affords those in the kitchen a glimpse of the living room, whose terrace extends under the cantilevered pool.” Built 9 meters above the ground, the rooftop pool’s water merges with the sea in the distance. The interior accommodates several bedrooms and guest rooms, an open space living room and an extensive private terrace. There are two paths of circulation throughout the house, a “slow” and a “fast” set of stairs. One leads your steps directly on the roof, where the swimming pool is while the other criss-crosses the entire venue.
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
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