We stumbled across an original architecture project in Caulfield South, Melbourne, Australia, defined by elegance and filled with vintage design wonders. This colorful and creative family home (currently on sale) boasts five bedrooms and two bathrooms, a garage large enough to shelter two cars and a generously-sized outdoor swimming pool. A traditional white picket fence adds a romantic background for the residence and its surrounding green yard. The building’s exterior features intact Victorian architecture details, interesting to observe from various standpoints.
The core of the house is a large open plan living and dining space, offering a cozy fireplace, comfortable seating units, a traditional furniture and plenty of colorful decorations. The interior is connected to the courtyard and swimming pool. From eye-catching rainbow prints to colorful materials and textures, the house abounds in freshness and design creativity. Intricate chandeliers add a touch of nobility, while rustic furniture elements increase the feeling of warmth.
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