Based on the concept of “less is more”, mode:lina office designed Beam&Block House, a modern 140 sqm house in Pozna?, Poland displaying clever design solutions. Scandinavian style, clients’ favorite, is represented by materials like raw concrete and wood. White and dark grey shades with ubiquitous energetic yellow color add to the mix. Paintings, designer furniture and accessories take the center stage, as the owners made it clear they wanted a home that reflected their artistic personalities: “We don’t want the whole room to be about TV. We have some books, some albums also, it would be nice to expose them. Fireplace same as TV – we want it but it should be discreet.” Living room space was once again dictated by a minimalistic attitude..
The space under the stairs was maximized – there’s even a dog house! Sliding doors and their mirror surface offer the illusion of a generously-sized room. An island was a dream for the kitchen area – it is perfect for the owners’ quick meals: “During working days our breakfast is ultra fast (She doesn’t eat anything, he eats while leaving house). We celebrate weekend meals, that’s why we need a big dining table.” Bedroom is connected with wardrobe. Again, raw materials and gray shades are combined with energetic yellow color, matching the ground floor. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by mode:lina office]
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.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city