Meet extravagance and subtle luxurious details! The residential project, Lucerne House, Auckland, New Zealand designed by Daniel Marshall Architects is the result of an ingenious plan that implied a conceptual reframing of a house. What was really curious and different about it was the insertion of a garage which had to be concealed and included into the house’s design line. The client’s wish was to obtain that perfect mix of functional and outstanding, in order to accommodate an exquisite line of classic cars. Like the architects said: “The brief was very specific, with garaging a number of classic cars a primary concern.”
Having that in mind, the architects created a wide parking area, carefully masking the garage and adding a touch of personality to the residence. As you step inside, you enter a place flooded with light. In my opinion this is the optimum way of creating a joyful environment. The contemporary -classic fusion of black and white, along with the elegant line of furniture inspire comfort and fit perfectly with the client’s taste for classic design. The element of surprise is undoubtedly the chandelier, the artistic object of design that embellishes the living room. Large glossy spheres of glass hang from the ceiling, making an impression on whoever visits this place. Plenty of glass has been used for the finishing, creating a transparent and spacious environment. Nothing seems too much or too little. It’s the right amount of everything to keep those classic details rocking. Neutral and classy, the project is an outstanding home, with outstanding details of interior design.
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.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests