Displaying a highly minimalist architecture approach, Y7-House by Architect Show is located in a scenic landscape in Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The rectangular box-shaped residence takes advantage of a hillside position, ensuring extensive views over Omura Bay. Elevated on a concrete base, the structure is intended to have a minimum impact on the environment. This way, a cantilever is created on the north and west sides, which gives passers-by the feeling of a floating home.
Moreover, the architect gave the street facade a 3D effect, by protruding and recessing portions of the main volume, while visually emphasizing the differences through color. The interior design is minimalist, with wood employed extensively for a welcoming effect. Efforts were made to hide lighting equipment and air-conditioning, in order to achieve a high level of simplicity, with focus on peaceful living. Generously-sized windows, a terrace and a deck offer good means for contemplating the neighboring bay. How do you personally appreciate the overall design of this residence? [Photography: Toshihisa Ishii]
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