Beverly Grove residence was designed by David Hertz Architects and is located in Bel Air, California. According to the official description. the project consisted of a two-story addition and extensive renovation to an existing Buff & Hensman Case Study House and it was “successful in seamlessly integrating the design of the new addition in deference to the original architecture. The scope included a new third story roof-deck, a two-story addition, and the renovation of all existing grounds“. The exterior of the building is complex and imposing, with large windows creating an optimum indoor/outdoor relationship. Landscape architecture planning makes the pool adjacent area welcoming and perfectly suited for outdoor relaxation. The interiors are spacious, a feeling transmitted by the high ceilings, generous windows, and minimalist contemporary furniture arrangements. Do you find the layout of this residence practical?
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