French Riviera enthusiasts will probably fall for this highly modern villa situated just a 15 minute drive away from the city of Monaco. Villa Baie (discovered on Leo Trippi) is conveniently perched on the heights of Villefranche, offering panoramic sea views from each of its five bedrooms. Inside and out, the retreat is characterized by refinement and opulence.
Even a quick, general view of the place will reveal impressive features: “The exteriors are set with extensive furnished terraces and a heated infinity pool facing the sea that extends with a garden. The interiors bathed with sunlight comprise, on the upper floor an entrance hall from the parking and garage, the master suite with dressing and bathroom, one double bedroom with bathroom and one double bedroom with shower, all opening onto the solarium terrace“. The rooms are minimalist, yet exude daring colors, giving away a feeling of energy. Enjoy the photos!
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.