Combining Asian design influences with a contemporary need for comfort, this villa in Phuket, Thailand is currently up for sale for an impressive $5.4 million. The four-bedroom, oceanfront home is defined by an impressive infinity pool fading into the Andaman Sea and outdoor decks with panoramic views. Concrete, stone, wood and glass ensure the visual diversity of this Phuket villa, which offers surprising details, no matter what the standpoint. Strongly connected to the surrounding environment, the interiors ensure an opulent modern lifestyle, complete with state-of-the art furniture and appliances. Floor to ceiling windows allow complete openness, great illumination and natural cross-ventilation. The interiors are tastefully decorated in a minimalist, contemporary fashion, but due to an extensive use of wood and stone (hinting a warm, diverse crib), the future owners can improvise while personalizing their residence.
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.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.