Welcome to a two story contemporary home that manages to stand out due to a slightly different modern architecture. 106 Carpenter Street Residence is located in Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Full height sliding timber wall panels enhance the exterior design of this home, while offering the inhabitants the chance to let natural light in whenever they feel the need. A full height solid oak entry door opens to a wide hallway which further leads to an informal, open plan living and dining area. White walls and a minimalist furniture arrangement contribute to a general feeling of space and elegance. The living room naturally extends out to a private courtyard with fully fitted outdoor cooking facilities. The second level accommodates three double bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a guest bedroom with own en-suite, and a study area. Do you find the overall layout of this residence practical?
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.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests