The sunny region of New England, New Hampshire accommodates a sumptuous range of lovely homes, borrowing some of the region’s specificity. Inspired by the natural landscape of Wolfeboro, with its lakes and mountains, the Wolfeboro Lakeside Manor residence spreads over 22,500 square feet. The house, completed by TMS Architects is a masterpiece in terms of execution. The lakefront house is a good example of how nature can influence design and moreover, can add value to it. Borrowing some of Earth’s natural hues, the front is adorned with handcrafted stone. The irregular roof and the small tower embedded in the house’s structure remind us of the days when we listened eagerly to the bedtime stories read to us by our parents and we imagined that the main characters lived in spacious, gorgeous castles with lovely towers and curvacious shapes.
Surrounded by a maze of green vegetation, Wolfeboro Lakeside Manor is the place to be, whenever you feel like the city rush swallows you. Serene, relaxing and harmonic, the site is ravishing, especially in the fall, when the nature showcases its staggering beauty. Enriched with wooden details, columns and a hallucinating swirly staircase, the interior of this particular house is a clear lesson of classic design. The shabby chic details, such as the vintage-like chests and the circular windows are definitely diverse from what you are used to see in the quiet, peaceful, regular neighbourhoods.
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