The Hintonburg Home was especially developed by architect Rick Shean (currently working with Christopher Simmonds) in order to provide a comfortable home for his family. The residence consists of two levels and is located on a friendly lot in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The two volumes of the building are weaved together by a contemporary-designed courtyard- a good spot to relax and enjoy fresh air.
According to the architects.”the courtyard acts as a front porch to the rear volume, containing the most public spaces, with the kitchen, dining and lounge area, while the more private front den still connects simultaneously with the street and court through windows in the east and west walls. The numerous openings serve to break down the volumes, and expand the interior spaces”. All the rooms are decorated in a minimalist style and the overall effect is that of extreme neatness. Have a look at the photos and tell us what you think!
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
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.