Extensions are a great solution for adding extra space with a limited budget. A carefully designed collection of new rooms can be successfully integrated within the existing architecture to shape the owner’s needs for larger spaces. A great example is Villa SK designed by Austrian studio Atelier Thomas Pucher. Private spaces like the bedrooms and bathrooms remained sheltered by the existing house, while new living spaces were defined within the newly added construction. Hardwood floors and a brick wall were captured in between glass walls to create a very bright living space continuing with two large beams resting on the natural stone wall at the other end. This encloses an outdoor space defined by the existence of a tree and completes a modern extension of comfort based on the integration of natural elements in the owner’s daily encounter with contemporary architecture. After seeing the studio’s work on the estate housing made of penthouses stacked on top of each other – the Tartu Rebase Street – we understand how inspiration can lead to designing customized living solutions for each client.
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.
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.