Elegance can be redefined with the right design – an outdated home can rapidly become a ravishing beauty. Connecting timeless beauty to modern family living, LSA Architects re-imagined this home in Melbourne as a contemporary heaven decorating a classic shell. Staying on top of the brief – “enhance open space and add light whilst paying homage to the original era of the home through the choice of classic lines and materials” – the creative architectural studio turned the classic brick Federation house into an example of modern living spaces.
By re-shaping the floor-plan to create a seamless flow between public spaces, LSA Architects imagined the suburban home in Malvern as accommodating a growing family of five. Within an open collection of rooms, the family would feel free and inspired. Seamlessly connected to outdoor terraces, the living room and kitchen gather natural light via large sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Photographed by John Wheatley of UA Creative, the contemporary renovation captures the essence of comfortable living. Private areas were carefully designed to express relaxation – the master bedroom was fitted with a new dressing room and ensuite. Materials like the marble in the bathroom and kitchen, wooden floors and paneling create a harmonious collection of interior and exterior living spaces updated to the needs of a modern family.
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