The dark and cold old Chestnut Hill Residence, a house built in 1983, went through radical changes and became the green dream house the owners always wanted. The renewal of the old quirky residence located in Brookline, Massachusetts, was completed by A+SL Studios and OMA. The renewal consisted of a new passage added along the south side and higher ceilings in the living room. The result: a cheerful-bright, contemporary interior and a wonderful living ambience. “The owners’ growing family and passion for green design mandated a complete reappraisal of the interior spaces and their connection to the site, as well as technological upgrades to reinforce the house’s original mission and to make an up-to-date sustainability statement.”
One of the main advantages is definitely the view. Peaceful and relaxing, the surroundings can be easily “accessed” from the intimacy of the living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the owners to enjoy the beautiful site and feel more connected to the nature than before. The use of eco-friendly materials qualifies the house as ideal for the owners, which have a deep respect towards the nature. The glossy white furniture blends wonderful with wooden floor and window frames.
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.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts