Glass, wood and concrete were used to give the residence an interesting depth – wood is used as an accent and glass helps illuminate the interior with bright natural light. Dressed in a concrete play of volumes, this Buenos Aires property was designed by Vanguarda Architects. The wooden entrance door seems to be part of the architecture and welcomes family and guest inside, where a double-height space faces the almost entirely glazed backside. Sheltering impressively modern spaces spread over 502 square meters, the concrete residence is locate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An L-shaped ground floor is completed by a rectangular first floor. Downstairs, living and entertaining spaces, alongside the cooking and dining spaces were gathered in an open space floor plan. Leading to the next floor, the white staircase seen from the outside slowly disappears in the discreet set of private upstairs spaces. On the inside, a fabulous glass bridge connects the upstairs master suite from the other two bedrooms. Bold splashes of color break the monotony and liven up the space, while the retractable glass doors fully connect the interiors to the outdoors.
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.