Take a look at this bright contemporary home located in Sydney! Simple, luminous and breezy, the Northbridge House II, a project completed this year by Roth Architects, was envisioned as a warm and relaxing home, for a family of four, with love for the outdoor living. Surrounded by a green landscape, the house displays a modern design, with a twist of traditional. The home is decorated with Australian timber, which defines its natural and warm aspect. “Refined timber detailing is used to soften the architecture, providing texture, rhythm, balance and a device that filters light throughout the home.”
The open plan living room is strongly connected to the outdoor. “Living and dining spaces maximise the available natural light through large glass doors and windows to provide a seamless flow between inside and out.” Tastefully designed with minimalism in mind, the interior feels uncluttered, spacious and provides freedom of movement. The kitchen and the living room form one fluid space. The furniture is simple, yet stylish and the colours chosen reflect the natural environment, imposing a certain neutral style, very cozy and pleasant.
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.