Take a look at the Glencoe Residence characterised by a minimal use of walls. The house was designed by the architectural studio Robbins Architecture in Glencoe, Illinois and it totally meets the client’s expectations. Emphasising a neat living space, the architects tried to achieve a wonderful airy and meaningful environment, that eliminates the classic space division. The open space favours a seamless transition between environments, while the fluidity and breeziness enhance the feeling of freedom. “Upon entering, the house unfolds back to the exterior. Open stair risers align with a reflecting pool providing a glimpse of the yard. The living room celebrates the dramatic ravine view using a 35 foot glass wall so that the trees appear to enter the space.”
The residence is surrounded by lush vegetation and it features a wonderful terrace where one can enjoy wonderful moments filled with ravishing sunsets and tranquil melancholic morning sunrises. Back inside the house, we notice the wooden decorations. Wood panels and dark-toned floors define an elegant living space, decorated in neutral colours. Cozy, comfortable and stress-free, this house favours a tranquil lifestyle.
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.