This home is the result of the owner’s needs to be better connected to “green” spaces and also increase the residence’s spaciousness. Located in Melbourne, Australia, the residence known as the Shakin Stevens House hint towards its vividness with a green front entrance door. Behind it, a contemporary display of spaces make you almost forget about the house’s Victorian heritage. Three white volumes open up towards the garden views, creating an almost seamless connection to the surroundings while shaping fluid, interacting interior spaces. Imagined by Matt Gibson Architecture and Design as a symphony of rooms adapted to modern requirements, the house displays the inhabitant’s wish to have “a predominantly white interior with a feature highlight color“. By choosing different green tones, architects composed public and private spaces in perfect harmony with the surroundings. Featuring passive temperature regulation, insulation, eaves for solar protection or recycled timber flooring and decking, another kind of “green” comes into play to complete the amenities encapsulated in this “modern meets Victorian” villa.
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.
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.