The Christian Science Church in Issaquah, Washington has requested a new reading room for this place that serves the people. FINNE Architects, the team in charge with the project, completely transformed a 1905 bungalow into a modern and striking beautiful, filled with natural light place, perfect for study. The architects envisioned the Reading Room as a conversation between past and present, a spot where one can easily find his inner peace, contemplate and of course, do some reading. “Anchored by a new reflecting pool on the corner of the site, the new Reading Room brings a frankly modern expression to the older building, creating an intriguing dialogue between past and present.”
The interior of it is warm and welcoming. The previous room partitions were removed for a more pronounced sense of light and luminosity. The existing fireplace has been renewed and new exposed roof framing has been added. The reading desks are quite unique and the details crafted make them stand out. The Sapele reading desks are each supported by a series of cast-bronze legs, with an intricate bas-relief pattern on the leg surface. “The bronze patterning continues onto the table surface itself, forming a beautiful flush juxtaposition of bronze and Sapele wood.” The Reading Room was built respecting the lines of sustainable design. The architects chose low-energy consuming materials to get this job done properly.
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
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts