Canadian architect David Lombardi completed the design for Villa Sapi, a holiday retreat embedded in a scenic landscape on Lombok Island, Indonesia. Different from every standpoint, the project offers its beholders a chance to discover new elements with every passing moment. The resort consists of two modern freestanding buildings, surrounded by a landscaped terrain with decorative fishponds.
A harmonious blend of modern and traditional defines the interiors. According to the architect, “furnishings carry a signature color theme of black, red and lime green, while the walls are adorned with flair – bamboo, water cascades and conceptual artwork. The view from the villa’s open-sided living and dining room, bedrooms and bathrooms is unrivaled; here guests can look forward to a vista that is ever-changing with the moods of the sea, sky, neighboring islands, distant mountains, forests and colorful fishing boats“. Find the design of this holiday villa inspiring?
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