The much applauded and somewhat enigmatic Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre was designed by Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects. The centre’s sloping grass roof cleverly affords sweeping views of Ireland’s craggy north Antrim coastline. Blending with the surrounding topography the roof allows visitors to walk over the building and includes window panels that expose glimpses of the exhibition space below.
We begin with modern stucco homes as many of today’s most stunning stucco finishes can be found on contemporary houses. Grey stucco combines with Spanish cedar on the home below from Altius Architecture Inc.:
Even though the house adopts a distinct loft-style look modern elements and warm lighting help create a softer more inviting living space that is not a bit too edgy. With wonderful views of the city skyline from the top level and custom decor and accessories the smart conversion creates a clever balance between the past and the future!
The Cabanas Norio in Portugal are complimentary buildings—one is a bedroom and bath the other serves as a living room and kitchen. Architect Manuel Aires Mateus redesigned two old fisherman’s huts and added a pontoon over the water to create this getaway which can be rented out by the night.
Metal roofs are popular choices for traditional stucco homes that feature a dash of modern flair. No wonder landscaping utilizing native plants such as silver ponyfoot and blue agave works so well at the entrance of this house from Ryan Street & Associates: Here’s another stunning home from Ryan Street & Associates. The clean feel of the stucco no doubt inspired the clean-lined entryway featuring gravel and rectangular stone:
Designed by WOJR: Organization for Architecture Hendee-Borg House in Sonoma California features a symmetrical sawtooth roof. The resulting impact provides a profile that is exacting balanced and perfectionist. The adaptive reuse of old structures is a wonderful way to save on both time and resources while keeping the rich heritage and past of the building alive.
Slip House in Brixton South London was designed by Carl Turner Architects. A strikingly contemporary inner city residence the home comprises three ‘slipped’ orthogonal box forms that cantilever towards the street.