Waverley Residence is a home with an intriguing exterior, boasting irregular shapes and details, in order to stand out and make an impression on whoever ends up seeing it. Located in Waverley, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, this exciting project was designed by Anderson Architecture to meet the expectations of the clients who were in search of a neat, relaxing home, that favours the light and warmth of the sun, the natural ventilation and connects the inhabitants with the environment. Bright and luminous, Waverley Residence is a wonderful living environment: an uncluttered living room with high ceilings spreads ahead, connecting you with the outdoors. The kitchen is integrated into the living area, transforming the ground floor into a fluid living space.
The asymmetries define overall, the house, transforming it into a unique project. Designed respecting the principles of sustainability, the Waverley Residence is both a comfortable and friendly with the environment.”The house requires very little heating or cooling, utilising passive solar techniques, internal thermal mass and natural ventilation to maintain a comfortable, healthy indoor environment. A challenging aspect, with excessive western exposure and a large existing building to the north, helped define the lofty roof forms which capture northern light.” The interior is dominated by light colours, such as beige and white. Wood also plays an important role in defining the interior’s décor.
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
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.