The Shaker Heights House is a project developed by Dimit Architects and completed in the summer of 2012. The project spreads over 7200 square feet. Surrounded by a sea of trees, the house looks spectacular during fall, when the leaves play gently their own swing of decadence. The residence is located in Cleveland, Ohio and it is composed of two wings which unite and form the core of the house, an open kitchen with a staggering view over the courtyard. The clients, a young family requested a dynamic home, with plenty of space and luminosity and a very good division of the public and the private areas.
As a consequence, the architects chose to separate the living room and the entertaining areas ( the social gathering spots) from the bedrooms, the office and the gym. The public area is very bright and neat, “flooded” in a milky white, giving that impeccable look to the interior. The shiny white floors blend with the wood creating an interesting contrast. The result is a very modern place, incredibly welcoming and comfortable. The exterior patio has a fireplace embedded, which is really cool, especially at night when the chill “tickles” the skin. Simply amazing, right?
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
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.