This modern beach house in East Sussex is an astonishing dream home caught between intriguing surroundings. Built not far away from the inviting beach, the fascinating contemporary home displays glass and timber details that make it look like a transitional design between a beach house and a modern residential building in the suburbs. A V-shaped floor plan allowed the architect to construct a semi-circular terrace on the first floor and a similar but larger deck downstairs. The living room downstairs can be fully open to the outside deck, but the owners can also choose to admire the views from the upstairs contemplating space. The kitchen and dining space create a seamless place that incorporates views and modern furniture in order to make everyone feel at ease. Even from these spaces, we can clearly see the influence of the nearby beach in the choice of colors, textures and art. Details that capture a beach lifestyle can be enjoyed in many corners of this house. Also, two round staircases connect the floors – a white metal one outside and a metal and wood staircase on the inside. Is this what you have in mind when thinking about a dream home by the sea?
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