Family house in a park

The owner of the family house has bought a parcel in beautiful surroundings of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius with an old metal factory building made from yellow bricks. When the first layer of plaster was removed, it showed up that the building is made from bricks produced in a famous Lithuanian brick factory and has an important historical value. The building is considered as an important landmark and would be a pity to tear it down. Architecture studio G.Natkevicius & Partners came up with a creative solution to keep the historical building and build a new comfortable residence for the owner. Architects built a second layer, glass covering with steel support system that encases the original brick house. The result is a contrast of materials that creates a cosy interior. A combination of old objects with their own stories and modern design and technology with their fine lines form together this beautiful art-piece.

source and photo: blog.gessato.com

Pedestrian bridge from the future

Another unique architecture piece was created in Luxembourg. A pedestrian bridge in the city of Esch/Alzette which is the second biggest city after the capital Luxembourg. The object by architecture studio Metaform Architects has received an award for the building of the year 2010 from web site archdaily.com. The main idea was to create a direct connection between the heart of the city and green surroundings – Gelgenberg park. The bridge traverses a railway that has divided roughly these two areas. The design is very specific and unique characterized by minimalistic but organic form accentuated by contrasting colours. While the exterior is white, neutral, the interior is red, the contrast provides an aesthetic experience. People passing the bridge experience a glimpse of future. The object clearly contrasts with surrounding chaotic environment. The bridge has a unique energy that emits into the surrounding areas.

photos: woohome.com

Opera House Guangzhou, Zaha Hadid architects








The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid architects is a 70 000m2 complex which rests at the heart of the Guangzhou`s cultural sites development in China. It has a close relationship with the pearl river to the south. It features two volumes wrapped in a triangulated skin of concrete, glass, and steel. The project aims to enhance urban functions by opening access to the riverside and dock. The resulting design serves as an urban and iconic gateway while establishing Guangzhou as one of Asia’s cultural epicenters. The spine and structural frame of the faceted skin is a dominant element in the interior space. The lobby and other public spaces interact with the dynamic treatment and guide the visitors throughout the volume. The many levels provide views of the main atrium space. The building offers a theatre seating 1 800 people, a multifunction hall and a number of other facilities.

photos: designboom.com

Faculty of Law in Sydney

FJMT Office won an international competition to design a new Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney, Australia. The condition was to create a new identity of the campus and its new entry. The new modern design created enough space to work, study, lecture and conference rooms, library, a free-time spaces, parking at the ground-floor and quality public spaces. Sustainability is an important part of the FJMTs concept. A double-ventilation facade with wooden sun-blind that enables to regulate daylight. Another sustainable element is storing of rain water. An outstanding tower is put to the composition of simple volumes. The tower provides spaces underneath the earth level with daylight. The FJMTs project was awarded with a number of prices including the AIA price for architecture, urbanism and sustainability.

photos: abduzeedo.com

Glass Pavilion, Steve Hermann








The recently finished Glass Pavilion in Montecine, California is the magnum opus of the Los Angeles based architect Steven Hermann. It is a project of a family house located in the middle of a half acre plot. The vastness of the plot provides the house with privacy which thanks to the glass walls opens up to nature and the interior blends in with the exterior. The project is composed of five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a kitchen and a room with wine exhibits. On the ground floor with the terrace there is a gallery exhibiting at the moment the vintage car collection which belongs to the architect. The walls of the gallery are covered by light walnut wood. The glass walls are protected only by thin curtains. It is now listed at Sotheby’s for sale at $24 Million.

source and photographs: home-designing.com