When the idyllic scenery and the tradition of Britain’s architectural countryside heritage come together, the result is spectacular. Contemporary times meet the Victorian Age, creating a perfect commitment between old and new. The Radcliff House is one of the finest luxury homes ever seen in Oxford, built and designed entirely by Millegate Homes, an award-winning housebuilding company. The excellent British prestige is captured inside the walls of this georgeous residence accommodating five bedroom suits, an opened space living room, a kitchen and dining area, a games room and a study room. Spreading on three levels the house is a mix of sophisticated glossy surfaces and classic furnishing. Patterns and elegant prints cover the walls and the sofas, invoking that particular classy sprinkle of royal treatment.
Minimalism is not an option. The house has been designed for individuals who admire opulence and apreciate the classic value of luxury, with its overflowing grace towards details. Wood, curtains, patterns, chandeliers, velvet – an abundance of elements that meet up for “party”, embrace everything in timeless elegance. The boldness of gold and silver shadings interrupt the palette of neutral colours. Undoubtedly, the quality of materials is exceptional. Every element of décor is a lesson about style. The house facilitates access to a swimming pool and a summer house. The site is beautiful and tranquil, a perfect spot to start exploring the authentic elements of England’s countryside.
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.