Located in Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA, Zig-Zag House by Dan Brunn Architecture is a 4,844-square-foot residence especially built for a financial manager and an aspiring artist. Clean modern lines, easy maintenance and materials compatible with the oceanfront location of the building were the main requirements of the clients. Functionally, the couple desired a garage for a boat or trailer, an art studio, and a roof deck. The three-level home features deep terraces on each floor in order to maximize outdoor spaces and ocean views. Dynamic modern facades are created by these zig-zag balconies and rhythmic window patterns.
The five-bedroom house includes a ground-floor apartment with a kitchenette, as well as expansive garage: “The two floors built above constitute the main living spaces. Stairs appear to be floating due to a hidden tension rod design, further contributing to the airy nature of the interiors. The program includes: garage, laundry room, apartment with living room, kitchen, bedroom, and full bath on ground floor; living room, kitchen, dining room, powder room, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor two; master bedroom suite with open bath and walk-in closet, office/art studio, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor three.” Various skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring natural illumination inside, resulting in a fresh and airy residence. [Photos by Brandon Shigeta]
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
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.