Aiming for a Platinum LEED certification (rating system for high performance green buildings), this modern residence designed by Gervais Fortin (from Ecologia Montréal) was developed using healthy, local and little polluting materials. Sustainability is one of the key features of this home in Montreal, Canada: “The team demonstrated that it’s possible to build an ecological house without sacrificing the contemporary design. All the materials were hand-picked from the most Eco-responsible suppliers of Quebec”.
According to the architects, an innovation was achieved through this project: ” Ecologia Montréal is the first house in Quebec to integrate the BioGeometry ™ science, to control electromagnetic fields, to consider the energy of the earth and to infuse domestic water, in a vortex which enhances bio-photons. The combination of all these factors, harmonize the emotional, vital and spiritual levels of the home and of its occupants”. What is your stand on this new technology and its future effects on the industry of interior design?
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.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests