Modern design, technology at man’s service and a high degree of environmental friendliness are the main attributes of HI HOME, a sample house envisioned by designer Andrea Castrignano for this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile. You are looking at a typical contemporary home with plenty of space, an overall neutral color palette and a large dose of functionality.
According to the designers, “the project was developed with the aim of creating an ideal environment, using the most innovative solutions in the field of energy saving, renewable sources and use of advanced home automation, with the assistance of outstanding brands interacting among themselves“. The open plan living and dining space features plenty of hidden storage and is functionally divided by original lighting fixtures. We particularly like the bedroom, with its creative floor, king-sized bed and tall windows. An interesting energy-efficient modern home prototype, wouldn’t you agree?
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.