There are regular homes and there are homes that reject the idea of regular. The Serpentine is one of those projects with “wow” effect, that stand out and surprise you with a complex design line and a flawless execution. This project was designed by Turner, in Bilgola, NSW, Australia, nearby the ocean, to meet the expectations of the clients, who desired a home that looks amazing and feels like a real home. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, enhancing the feeling of transparence, the gorgeous mansion, structured on three levels, showcases a wooden frame, that covers its superior levels.
The house is surrounded by a picturesque garden, with bushes and exotic trees. A special outdoor lighting system creates a magical atmosphere during nighttime. “The house steps down the site and is articulated into three legible elements taking cues from a traditional tripartite design of forming a base, middle and top.” Cut outs, glass, wood, open spaces and terraces, twists, awnings and balustrades define the Serpentine as a surprising and dynamic house. What do you think of it? Do you like it?
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.
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