When people think of their dream vacation home, they often start having this “somewhere, over the rainbow, where the grass is always green” kind of feeling. Our constant need of keeping a strong contact with the environment shapes our dreams. Most of the times, we rely on the inexhaustible healing power of nature and we imagine ourselves in a place where time stops for a while, just to stare at us, as we explore a world full of wonders. Inspired by nature, Marmol Radziner envisioned a vacation retreat, that preserves the natural beauty and moreover, brings it inside the house. The project is called Burton Residence, located in Mendocino County, California.
The Burton Residence is an exquisite vacation home, the ultimate relaxation spot, that offers a unique view over the wilderness, which is after all, nothing but a way to picture freedom. The entry deck runs along the north side of the home boasting stunning views and a simple, uncluttered living space. The open space living room and kitchen are an inspiration and the perfect environment to forget about stress and problems. Sustainability played an important role in selecting the right materials. The architects used from recycled denim insulation to low-VOC paint.
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.
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.