Some of the best living spaces, the homes we cherish and preserve as shelters that bring us peace and tranquility, are the ones that exhale life and brightness. When a home is located nearby a maze of greenery, the inhabitants instantly feel the (positive) effect of it. It’s “hard to resist” its charms. The more oxygen, the better. A perfect balanced home is a home surrounded by lush vegetation, where one can enjoy a beautiful view, fresh air, a breezy, uncluttered environment, warm and comfortable. The way a place makes you feel defines it. If that place makes you feel happy, like you’ve never felt before, dear, that is home. DIALOG, a Vancouver-based firm that strives to “dance in the intersection of art and science” designed the Southlands Residence, a lovely home, nestled “into a mature, heavily vegetated corner site in Vancouver’s historical Dunbar-Southlands neighborhood.”
“The house is designed around the structural grid established by an earlier residence. While remnants of original footings and columns remain, the Southlands Residence reinterprets the competing notions of privacy and exposure facing the well-travelled location.” Wood is the main material used in defining the style and the decorations: from the exposed beams, to strips of wood on the walls and most of the furniture, the love for wood is definitely noteworthy.
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
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.