Elizabeth Street Residence was envisioned and implemented by the creative team at Jackson Clements Burrows and is located in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Especially developed for a large family, the massive building meets the living needs of its inhabitants, while also displaying intriguing design features. According to the architects, “the approach on the site was to find a solution that could be contextual, but also challenge the default rear-yard configuration of the typical suburban dwelling.
This was achieved by dividing the site lengthwise to create a parallel format of ‘house’ versus ‘landscape’. The primary form of the dwelling has been aligned on the southern boundary, enabling the habitable spaces to take full advantage of a panoramic, north-facing garden“. The interiors of the residence are spacious and elegant, characterize by extensive use of wood. Floor to ceiling windows ensure an optimum indoor-outdoor connection, especially in the generously-sized living room, where glazed doors slide open to let in the fresh garden breeze.
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.
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