The Royer House, spotted on Architizer is a compact, rectangular shaped home in Austria, entirely designed by the Kienesberger Schröckenfuchs Architektur firm. The house, located in a quiet neighborhood nearby Wels is ideal for a small family in search of adopting a peaceful lifestyle, being fond of simple, yet comfortable design. Finished in 2010, the project implies in addition to the house itself, a stunning interior garden, a green space for relaxation, that completes the plain, non-outstanding front street scenario.
The house has a narrow front entrance with narrow windows, creating a shelter of intimacy for its inhabitants. We can easily say that the Royer House is a surprising, yet contradictory home. Its exterior is wrapped in a plain, minimalistic look, being neither creative nor outstanding. But then, as you seep inside, the landscape is completely transformed. A wide space, flooded by light, with furniture made of beautiful solid natural wood welcomes you in the most warm and homey way possible. The living and kitchen area are connected to the interior garden, offering an amazing view upon the green maze of trees and grass. Large wood framed windows, simple furniture lines, an idyllic garden and a new angle of perception. Comfort has just become more accessible. Would you make this your permanent home?
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