mnm MOD designed a residence entitled A House and constructed with the help of sustainable materials and technologies. The building accommodates two bedrooms, a music room and a jewelry studio. The interiors are modern and minimalist, displaying a tasteful mix of colors and textures. Generous outdoor spaces expand the living areas and take advantage of the views towards Venice Beach, LA. But the most inspiring characteristic of this 2,400 sq ft home is probably sustainability. According to Inhabitat, the residence uses an “advanced wall system made from recycled steel framing, incorporated insulation, and a mechanical chase to achieve high U and R values” (you will understand this better by simply looking at the last photo of the post). Which basically means that after this home will no longer be used, all the materials can be collected off the site and recycled.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests