Paula Ables Interiors ( interior designed ) and James D. LaRue ( architects ) completed the design for a luxurious residence in the famous and exclusive Spanish Oaks neighborhood in Austin, Texas, USA. According to the designer, “this Hill Country Contemporary home was created for a newlywed couple preparing to start a family. They love contemporary, but did not want to be over the top. Comfort and low maintenance were the key phrases and thought used in the plan and completion of this home“.
A perfect landscape courtyard design with focus on a generous swimming pool leads the way towards the main glass entrance.The core of the residence is a double-height open plan living room, with stunning arrangements and views. The color palette is mostly neutral when it comes to for the flooring, decorative tiles and main furniture pieces, yet color accents are added with the help of subtle decorations. The house also features a hi-tech lighting system and solar panels. [Photos by Coles Hairston]
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
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