Casa Wo is a 250 square meter residence recently completed by SO Architecture in Kiryat Tivon, Israel. Built on a hard trapezoidal ground, the architecture of the house follows the contours of the terrain and its original crisscrossed layout provides a good inner communication between spaces. Concrete and stone were chosen for the exterior finishing touches, visually anchoring the house in its neighborhood.
The building is structured on two levels, with an elegant staircase connecting the interiors. The first level accommodates a large open plan living area, enriched by an inspiring texture variety and wall paintings. A table for six has a privileged location in the core of the ground floor composition, accompanied by large chandeliers that descend from the tall ceilings. Next to this, the architects envisioned another open space, especially designed for children. The second level accommodates the private areas: a large en-suite bedroom for the parents and three smaller rooms for the kids. [Photography: Shai Epshtein]
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.
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.