DG House is a residential project completed by Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto in Navarre, Spain. House looks traditional, boasting two volumes made of sandstone. Surrounded by a fence on which plants can climb, the house features a private terrace and a porch for lounging and relaxing. In the hot summer days, a cold drink and a book is all you need to keep your soul happy. Ground floor of the house, accommodating the kitchen, living room and dining room, was envisioned as a unified social area, encouraging interaction and activities of all kinds. It’s airy, well-lit and most important, connected to the porch and the adjacent public garden.
“Towards the main facade, a stripe containing the service area, laundry and garage ensures the privacy of the house. The volume of the first floor holds the night-area, with three bedrooms facing the garden (south-west) leaving the dressing-room and bathrooms towards the main facade. Finally the basement contains a multi-purpose space and the facilities room.” The back of the house offers a little bit more privacy to the residents. A swimming pool landscaped with local plants was also part of the plan.
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
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.