Casa del Tec 167 was designed by GLR Arquitectos and is a modern residence located in San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, México. The project occupies an area of 600 square meters, on a site that is double in surface. Featuring enormous windows, the design of the Casa del Tec takes full advantage of its beautiful surrounding garden and mountain views, while allowing a high amount of natural light to enter the actual living space. The volcanic rock used for the exterior finish of the building contrasts the white painting and complements the metallic window blinds. Once inside, visitors are overwhelmed by an incredible ceiling- in the living room, its height reaches 7 meters !- and inspiring modern arrangements. The overall appearance is that of an elegant, opulent, sober, yet inviting home. Do you find this design approach practical?
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.
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