There are those who choose to live in the cities, those who prefer the countryside’s intimacy and the crazy ones, those who would to anything to break the circle and explore a less ordinary life. Like the owners of Deck House, a surprising and intriguing residence located in the middle of the Janda Baik rainforest, somewhere in Malaysia. The project was defined by Choo Gim Wah Architect. The house boasts an uncluttered and unassuming interior, flooded by light, like most of the traditional Malay houses. High ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, three bedrooms, a tasteful minimalist décor and a large terrace to enjoy the view. I wonder, who wouldn’t love to live here?!
Built on a steep slope of land, the house favours magnificent views. Modern, built entirely from steel and glass, the house boasts a neat, contemporary look. The kitchen, the dinning room and the living room area are perceive as a singular, fluid space. As you step outside, on the deck, you explore the extensive outdoor area, where you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea. The evergreen scenery is more than inspirational: a temple of relaxation and a stress-free home.
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