Wood meets metal. Industrial meets authentic elements. The result? The Greenwood House developed by Malboeuf Bowie Architecture. Quite compact and extremely modern, this residential project, inspired by minimalism, reflects the need of the owner to have a neat and easy to maintain house, with a visually uncluttered design. The house is located in a tranquil neighbourhood in Seattle, on a fast arterial street, nearby a commercial centre. The architectural studio focuses a lot on satisfying the needs of its clients. Regarding their working method, here is what the architects have to say: “In each project, we adapt our architecture to express efficient use of space, creative use of materials, and strong interior/exterior connections.”
The house, structured on two floors, makes use of green practices such as natural ventilation or recycled materials. Very luminous and with a good light penetration, this compact dwelling has plenty of windows that offer a good view over both, the garden (a small green relaxation oasis) and the street. A metallic, industrial-like staircase connects the floors. This is one of the elements that make us think of a Scandinavian loft-like design influence.
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
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.