CannyArchitects completed the design for Residence Hawthorn, a contemporary project in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, especially envisioned for a family with three teenage boys. The main objective required by the owners was the existence of independent living zones for the needs of the growing family. A traditional facade was chosen in order to complement the street-scape, while the opposite facade and rooms (facing the swimming pool and backyard) are highly contemporary.
The rear of the home showcases a distinctive curved pool house and plenty of outdoor leisure opportunities: “Dual outdoor entertaining areas with canopy skylights and recessed alfresco heaters allow for continuous enjoyment throughout all seasons. All of these elements were carefully integrated and designed with the landscape“. The modern-minimalist interiors offer a large amount of natural light, being well connected to the outdoors.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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