SN House was designed by Studio Guilherme Torres and displays an intriguing architecture, due to its original volumetry and large spans without any pillar support. The residence is located in Londrina, Brazil and was especially developed for a large family who love to have many guests in the week-ends. According to the architects, “the construction brings straight, pure and simple forms. Contrasting with the white masonry, stone and wood coatings have the power to warm the look without breaking the contemporary twist of the proposal. The independent functioning between the two storeys was another right solution. On a daily basis, the life of the family is concentrated on the upper floor, which hosts the bedrooms, the kitchen, a living and dining room, all accessed by the side ramp and garage on the upper hall. But on weekends, they enjoy receiving the large family in meetings on the spacious and comfortable leisure area with pool, garden, barbecue gourmet and two generous lounges“. Sustainability features of this home include solar heating systems and rainwater capture for various purposes.
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.