GM Arquitectos completed the design and development of the Gallery House, a project reflecting the owners’ major passion for art. Especially envisioned for a family and their young daughter, the massive residence offers everything a family might need in terms of comfort and modern living requirements. Located in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia, the 500 square meter house takes advantage of the warm climate and opens up towards its surrounding landscape through charming looking bamboo panels.
Everything about this place inspires serenity and a holiday-home sensation. Surprising no matter what the standpoint, the Gallery House exhibits opulence in the most unpretentious way. Enhanced by impressive works of art, each interior displays its own personality, contrasting the white-defined general color palette. The swimming pool seems to be a natural extension of the project, perfectly integrated in the design of the building. [Photography by Luis Fernando Ramos]
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.
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.