If you miss wintertime or if you simply dream of a “chilled” atmosphere, somewhere nearby the mountains, this post is for you. Meet Haus Walde, a gorgeous new structure built by Gogl Architekten, located in Kitzbühel, Austria. The clients requested a contemporary open plan living space with panoramic views over the Alps. It was not an easy task for the architects, because they had to identify a design line that blended perfectly with the old house, without making it look old. To avoid an architectural conflict, the new structure is enriched with a few rustic notes.
The two houses are independent one from another representing two different structures built in two different periods of time. The new house exhales more luminosity. It has floor-to-ceiling windows with wooden frame and a uncluttered interior, inspiring breeziness. These makes it a soothing place, just perfect to enjoy the breathtaking landscape. Despite the neutral fusion of colours and the concrete ceilings, the house is not a cold environment. Haus Walde is extremely modern, natural (it borrows plenty of “earthy-like” shades) and personal. The view is superb and the ambience stress-free!
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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.