Glamuzina Paterson Architects have completed a modern residence in Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand. Entitled S House, the building separates the site into two gardens, not taking into account the conventional diagram of the front and back yard. Perfectly integrated in a green setting, the project offers good views from every room. According to the architects, “S House differs from the standard villa with a compact form and central circulation, with the elongated plan allowing for an extensive surface connection with the landscape.
The activities of the house take place across a singular spine corridor which expands and contracts spatially as the house mediates the site, creating the contradictory east native garden and the west exotic sculpted garden. The complementary gardens are connected by the children’s play area and bedrooms opening up to the two gardens”. The interiors of this large home- especially built for a family of five– inspire both elegance and opulence.Have a look!
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
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.