Sharon Neuman Architects & Oded Stern-Meiraz collaborated in the development of House N, a modern residence located in Yehuda, Israel. Stretching over a surface of 260 square meters, on a lot of 500 square meters, House N stands out due to an interesting architecture detail: a tall brick wall, painted in white, that shelters the building on the street side, ensuring a high level of privacy. A floating deck on the first floor leads the way towards the main entrance, through a long gap in the external wall. The concept for the house was inspired by the work of minimalist artist Walter De Maria entitled Gothic Shaped Drawing and displaying a basic one line two-dimensional shape of a house, almost as if drawn by a child. The interiors are spacious and highly modern-have a look! [Photography by Elad Sarig]
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
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.