Wrapped in zinc cladding and rising up three levels, the modern Rosalie Residence takes advantage of a hillside location in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The environmental friendly home was envisioned by Richard Kirk Architects and boasts a total of five bedrooms- more than enough space for a family haven. The exterior is given an original touch with the help of operable timber screens and venetian blinds, which ensure both sun-shading and privacy. The inner structure and use of materials is briefly characterized by the architects as follows: “The planning of the house is organized to address the views towards the city on the North-East and Mt Coot-tha on the South-West. The resulting building footprint provides private courtyards and landscaped terraces adjacent to the main living spaces. The interior is an ensemble of Red Mahogany timber flooring and Jarrah timber paneling on backdrop of white plaster walls and white-set ceilings”. Sustainable features of the residence include solar hot water, in-ground rainwater storage for landscape irrigation and low energy lighting.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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.