The design team at 3+1 architekti developed a charming residence for a family who feels a strong connection with this beautiful land in Va?ov, the Czech Republic. Built on a surface of 134 square meters, on a steep basalt slope above the village, the house inspires peacefulness despite its animated colorful exterior. The place is characterized by the owner as a mix of nostalgia, ship parts from the neighboring river and incredible views.
The new residence continues the story of the original cottage initially built here by the owner’s grandparents. This is a place of refuge and meditation, elegantly mixed with most of the comfort of modern living. A large covered outdoor terrace and large windows provide a great indoor-outdoor connection. The interiors are contemporary and minimalist, as if everything that truly counts here is the serenity of the lovely natural setting. Enjoy the views and the contemplative state they inspire!
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.
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