Envisioned by Alblasserdam-based Centric Design Group, Villa in the Dunes in the Netherlands exudes a highly modern design, spiced up by original details. The residence is surrounded by lush landscape, which sets aside the need for tall fences or closed facades. Instead, when approaching the house, you are greeted by a generously-sized terrace elegantly delimited by a brick wall. It is here that you will find plenty of outdoor leisure opportunities and not to mention very comfortable lounge furniture.
As you step inside, you are welcomed by an open plan living and dining space, perfectly framing the surrounding views. The fireplace wall does a great job at functionally dividing the space. The kitchen communicates with the dining table area, but is hidden from the living zone. Each bedroom features a king -sized bed, a TV and large windows. The most spectacular interior of the residence is probably the swimming pool room, a showcase of elegance and simplicity.
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
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.