We love to see new projects take the shape of their owner’s dreams, whichever style they may convey. Received by email, this rustic beauty in South Carolina’s idyllic community of Spring Island was designed by BRZ Architecture to become a family retreat sprinkled with reclaimed wood floors, antique ceiling beams and traditional tabby walls in the living room. Here, coziness meets rustic elegance in a living space complete with built-in bookcases and a crackling brick fireplace. Its makers describe it as an open collection of spaces: “The adjoining step-down kitchen and dining area relate well to the living area and use different materials to help define separate spaces. A rustic stained concrete floor, wood paneling, a wall of windows and a massive reclaimed beam create an impression that the living room and kitchen / dining area are different rooms. Also on the main level there is a laundry / pantry at one end of the home and a bedroom and bath at the other end. Adjacent to the bath there are closets and a bunk bed with built-in storage. On the upper level of the home there is an additional bedroom and bath, with the closets and built-ins repeated.” The Spring Island Cottage overlooking beautiful golf and pond views received LEED Platinum Certification and includes future plans for a 2,700 square foot main house and a separate garage.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
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