Despite urban planning restriction, Tsl House displays an eye-catching design and plenty of sustainable features. Offering its inhabitants a total living space of 3,700 square feet, this modern Belgian home, designed by Brussels-based studio Adn Architecture and located in Walloon Brabant, is highly inspirational. The building takes advantage of the small, but significant variation of the terrain. A garage was improvised on the side of the project facing the street, while the rest of the residence seems partially immersed in the ground. Once inside, a potential visitor is confronted with an interesting duality of open/closed spaces. The defining white is visually contrasted by black window frames and wooden accents, creating strong effects. How do you appreciate the overall design and architecture of this Belgian home and what would you change, in order to make it more inviting?
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
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.