our site is always on the lookout for extraordinary projects and the G House in Ramat HaSharon, Israel, is definitely one of them. The contemporary residence seems to be set half inside, half outside, seamlessly connecting social spaces to the exterior garden. Floating above the green grass and featuring a line of pebbles that appear like a shadow under the construction, the modern home is part of Paz Gersh Architects‘ portfolio. This incredible seamless connection between indoors and outdoors was possible due to the large sliding doors and windows that unite the suspended balcony to the main residential zones – living room, dining room and kitchen. Guarded by trees, the wooden front entrance leads to the simply fascinating double-height living space capturing natural light through clerestory windows. A mezzanine level with glass railings opens to the social spaces below, creating another strong connection between spaces, proving that this is the residence’s defining feature.
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.
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.