Suite Arquitetos completed the design of CASA IV, a vibrant residence located in São Paulo, Brazil. Defined by an open layout, the contemporary “crib” seems especially planned for socializing and entertainment. A striking living area with tall ceilings and window walls creates an overwhelming feel of openness as you enter the house. Wood is employed extensively throughout for a welcoming feel and becomes the background for quite a few interesting decorative additions.
The focal point of the house is undoubtedly the lounge area on the first level, characterized by color and an abundance of natural light. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and sprinkled with blue, orange and gray hues, one can easily see how this “social setting” was thoroughly planned by the designers. Neighboring this open conversation zone, but slightly more intimate, there is a TV area envisioned in bold tones of blue, red, yellow and purple. A wooden stairway connects these colorful “day zones” with the bedrooms and working area on the upper level. Enjoy the photo gallery below and let us know your thoughts on this colorful home in Brazil! [Photography courtesy of Suite Arquitetos]
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.