Designed by Vincent Interlandi, this highly contemporary private house in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia showcases interesting details, no matter what the standpoint. The street facade is partially closed, ensuring a high level of privacy, while the opposite side opens up towards the pool and backyard with the help of generous windows. According to the official press release, Myoora Road Residence features “an entrance foyer, a powder room, a large formal sitting room, a hostess kitchen, an expansive dining and informal sitting room overlooking a large beautiful private garden, an inground swimming pool and fantastic entertaining area. Other features include double remote garage with internal access, heating/cooling and alarm”. Currently on sale here, the residence could well accommodate a large family in its impressive five bedrooms. The interior design is highly modern and the rooms seem to encircle the focal point of the entire house- a large, double height living and dining space with spectacular features.
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.
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