Thanks to Gem Architects, this Greek Residence in Filothei, Athens, will inspire your own design endeavors. With three stories to encompass the necessary living spaces, this residence was designed to be a play of volumes and voids that create covered terraces. Carved volumes shape all four facades and corner windows give the house a contemporary look while allowing shades, voids and volumes to contribute to the fantastic architecture. The amount of rain and direct sunlight is controlled with the help of these architectural details. Materials used for building the house also play a huge role in defining the design – black lava stone and thin wooden louvered details intensify the separation of volumes and voids. The interior spaces are naturally ventilated and ideally shaded and the final touch was the adding of a green roof that insulates the house. Interiors are open and bright, with double-height ceilings above the beautiful piano, large sliding doors that connect the exterior to the interior and seamlessly designed spaces that encourage a modern lifestyle.
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.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city