Located in Stavanger, Norway, Casa Kolonihagen by Tommie Wilhelmsen was especially developed as a summer holiday residence and accommodates a small bed and a living area. The project reflects the modern Scandinavian way of life- not too flashy, nor too common, balance being a major factor of the design. Believe it or not, this contemporary architecture gem has only 24 square meters of inside living space. But this is probably not an issue for the inhabitants, as they likely spend most times outdoors, in the beautiful green surroundings.
Despite the small costs and elementary design, the interiors are warm and welcoming. A beautiful deck hints the way towards the entrance, which leads to the living space. With a white and blue color palette, this room exudes intimacy and cheerfulness together. A small white chair in the middle takes you to the comfortable suspended bed- a creative idea which we fell for instantly.
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
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