Nestled in a fantastic natural location, overlooking the bay of Sant Vicenç in Pollença, Spain, this modern residence developed by architect Miquel Lacomba seems almost surreal. The topography of the site came with architecture challenges, creatively met: “The problems posed by the land were solved by stone walls containing land which provide a platform for the housing. The idea of journey as architectural experience, almost cinematographic, generates a sequence of spaces, finding a range of areas that link the interior with the exterior in an intense way, involving the rocky surroundings and panoramic views”, stated the architects.
From afar, the imposing residence seems to dominate the entire landscape. Cascading down the hill, Casa 115 frames mesmerizing views in each of its interiors. The open plan living and dining space is connected through a wooden deck with the swimming pool. Some of the sustainable features employed by the architects for this project were cross ventilation, passive solar energy collection and a roof cover designed with a floating floor that prevents overheating during summer. [Photography: Miquel Lacomba and Mauricio Fuertes]
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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