Caught in photos after rain, this beautiful Custom Contemporary Home by Voigt Brothers Construction displays its chic simple architectural lines and welcomes family and guests with a superb modern set of interiors, adorned with contemporary furniture and painted in warm, trendy colors. Textures and patterns intertwine to shape a fantastic place to call home. The award-winning custom home in Sarasota, Florida is a luxurious residence displaying a white facade flanked by large palm trees. Its unique architecture places the contemporary home among desirable dream homes. The description offered by the builders can pretty much sum up their philosophy and style: “While some say it’s our finest work, we say each “one of a kind” home we construct could never happen without the partnership we have with our clients. As the most referred custom home builder in Sarasota and the West Coast of Florida, our work is a testament to the vision of our clients and the hard work of everyone involved.” The yellow kitchen furniture that successfully hides the entrance is probably the most interesting feature of the house, but you might be able to find even cooler things on a closer look.
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
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.