Valle de Bravo, México, is the home of an amazing project that consists of a beautiful complex of four houses, all located in the intimacy of a beautiful private garden. An exquisite display of natural wood, used in defining the structures and the interior, enhance the feeling of belonging right in the middle of the staggering natural landscape. The project, called Chipicas Town Houses, was developed by the Mexican based studio, Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos. The vertical stripes offer a unique exotic look, making room for a breezy and zen atmosphere. Floor to ceiling windows offer unique perspectives upon the site. The interiors are really modern and clean, keeping a fresh and updated look. The bedrooms are upstairs and the view is nothing but stunning, giving you the feeling that you are inhaling the woods.
Each of the four houses is structured on three levels. What is really amazing is that the houses “accommodate” roof gardens. Who wouldn’t choose such a an exotic home for an extra drop of romantic atmosphere? Imagine watching the sky at dusk, as it turns to black. The natural feel is revealed especially through the abundance of wood. Due to the use of wooden lattice, the houses look really interesting, like gorgeous little vacations resorts.
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.
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.