Occupying over 2,000 square meters on a Brisbane property, the Fig Tree Pocket House 2was first imagined by a family in search of their ideal home as a modest two story residence embedded in the sloping north facing Australian bushland. They commissioned Shane Plazibat Architects to design the house according to their needs and this resulted in a concrete framed, timber cladded modern house. Architects describe the way this residential construction displays its features: “The house is organized into 2 zones in section, carport, arrival and sleeping upstairs and living, pool and courtyard downstairs. An internal 2 storey linear bamboo garden traversing the length of the house along the east-west axis creates a reference point within the plan. The garden also allows for the creation of 1 room deep planning on both levels to enhance cross ventilation and access to daylight.” Three north-facing bedrooms lie on top of a perfectly manicured set of interior gardens adorning the downstairs living areas and helping with cross ventilation. Sustainable, green and modern, this house serves as example for those looking to include modern sustainability features in their own dream home.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests