Orcas Island Retreat is a bohemian looking residence envisioned by Heliotrope Architects and located in Washington, USA. The project was driven by the clients’ need to inhabit a timeless retreat perfectly embedded in the landscape of an island they have been visiting regularly for over 40 years. With these prerequisites, the design solution ‘”integrates a contemporary open-plan residential program within a building form reminiscent of a typical island farm structure – a barn with a lean-to“, explained the architects.
A lovely wooden terrace guides the way towards the open plan kitchen and living space. Floor to ceiling windows ensure an optimum connectivity with the outdoors. The gable-roof structure accommodates the bedrooms, bathrooms and utility spaces. While the rooms of the shed-like volume are defined by extensive use of wood, white plaster sets the tone when it comes to the interiors in the neighboring building.
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
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