Exotic surroundings, Caribbean views and extreme luxury are just some of the features of the modern ETR holiday villa in the lovely island of St. Barts. With a privileged location on the Flamands hillside, two heated swimming pools (one per level), barbecue area and a generously-sized wooden deck, the possibilities for outdoor entertainment are unlimited. The open plan living and dining room is the core of the entire residence, displaying a highly contemporary feel mixed with a holiday-inspiring atmosphere. A large sofa and a dining table for up to ten people hint that this is a residence especially developed for family vacations or group getaways. The villa features five bedrooms, four of which reveal classic Hollywood movie star themes. The en-suite bathrooms, each with shower and double vanity, are marked by distinctive walls in bold-color finishes. Other amenities of the villa include a fitness room, iPod docking station and an intricate indoor-outdoor speaker system. How would you comment on the overall design and architecture of this St. Barts holiday villa?
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.