We are all too familiar with the sayings
dress to impress, or
first impressions count, so it is only fitting that when thinking about the design for the exterior envelope of our home, that we would really put some thought into the external appearance. Why? Because it is the first, and last thing both homeowners and guests see. These days, with the marvels in construction and building techniques, the options for an external facade are almost limitless. Whether you are interested in round or square, highly-decorative or minimalist, you can use your imagination to the best of your ability to dream up the perfect home.
What is it that makes some external facades more interesting than others? And why do we try so hard to make a house, resemble anything but? For some, as you will come to learn in this article, the exterior of a home is governed by its environment. If you are building in a picturesque landscape that would be a sin to disturb, your architects will need to help you find a way to cause as little disruption as possible. On the other hand, if your council permits it, you can decorate the outside as loud and bold as you see fit.
So, today we are going to show you a selection of exciting and unique external facades that will have you rethinking your approach to architectural design.
This project by Polish architect Robert Konichny, is incredibly simple and yet extremely original. The combination of the shape, and timber clad exterior has won hearts all around world. Somewhat resembling a silo, this home does exactly what was mentioned in the introduction—blends into its landscape. The country is no place for monolithic concrete blocks. Here, we see a harmonising attempt to blend nature and the built form together.
Massive concrete buildings often have a depressing effect on us, especially when it is all you see in city life. Sometimes, the monotony of their facades drive us to feel sad and blue. However, this house in the resort town of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has achieved a wonderful feat. It has combined colour, texture and practicality all together to form one amazing housing unit. This was a key factor in the construction and design of this building, and it is held in very high acclaim.
In modern architecture, glass appears to be a staple building material. And rightfully so, as it allows the home to be flooded with the most important element of all—natural light! The tint on the glazing of this building is almost on par with the colour of the sky, causing only a minor disruption to the hilly and green landscape it is situated on. Of course, no modern building would be complete without strict geometry, clean lines and beautiful textures. Every single one of these elements has been displayed here.
Graphic prints for interiors are more popular now that ever before. But what about for the exterior? We worry far to much what passers by will think, instead of focussing on what makes us happy, and reflects our personalities to the rest of the world. The designers behind this project were not afraid to unleash their creative side—employing this bold exterior pattern to the external facade of a classic home. We love this as it causes an exciting juxtaposition between two colliding worlds.
Located near the centre of aristocratic Vienna, this pure white house attracts the attention of many passersby. At first glance, you are captivated by the glowing white structure, and then your attention is shifted to the unusually long balconies. Surely those who are fortunate enough to reside in one of these apartments, will host a myriad of events and parties on their beautiful outdoor areas. Alternatively, if you want some privacy and solitude in the outdoors, you can have that here too.
In suburban Berlin, this beautiful house with a striking black facade, proves that black does not necessarily symbolise sadness and retreat from the outside world. Contrary to stereotypes, this house, despite its dark exterior, looks cosy and inviting. Surrounded on all sides by dense vegetation, it looks noble, independent and sure to attract the attention of those fortunate enough to walk past.
Located in the Spanish province of Toledo, this home appears to be traditional and to reflect the vernacular of Latin styled homes. The bright yellow facade complements the tiled roof perfectly, and is further highlighted by those cute little blue window frames. Credit where credit is due; the designers behind this beautiful facade are not afraid to pay tribute to their national character—employing vitality, energy and optimism into their design.