Set in a spectacular surrounding, in Queenstown’s elite golf club Jacks Point, the Coburn Residence is defined by views of the nearby lake and mountains. The client brief included the need for large entertaining spaces that would be strongly connected to the outdoors and separate master and guest bedrooms. Connecting with the surrounding landscape, the residence designed by Harris Butt Architecture stretches over a total surface of ??712 square meters. Built with locally resourced materials, the house displays an honest, uncomplicated architecture that could easily be transformed into a boutique hotel if necessary. Concrete structural walls were dressed with schist from the site, creating a powerful connection to the property in both material choice and layout overlooking beautiful vistas. Three volumes shelter the main spaces – a rectangular living zone, a square bedroom zone and a linear gallery connecting the two. The garage was hidden under the building, acting as the base of the structure. Focusing on different views surrounding the property, architects designed a modern retreat in a memorable environment.
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.
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.