A scenic and memorable emerald garden accommodates a particularly beautiful residence, that spreads over 650 square meters, in the rural region of New Canaan, Connecticut. The project is the result of Roger Ferris and Partner‘s work. The archiects created a fresh look to what it used to be a mid-century modern residence. They also extended the living space. Three major sections were added: two art galleries and a swimming pool house with a library, for you to spend hours relaxing and enjoy quality time with friends. A pebble mosaic patio surrounds the circular swimming pool and a living area is located right into…the hillside. Two 19th century barns shelter exquisite-unconventional pieces of art, from paintings, to photography work, sculptures and avant-garde artistic objects. One of the art galleries has also a “compact” office, totally “isolated” from the exterior environment through hermetic glass.
The abundance of contrasts is something we really like. The main house allows a good penetration of light through the floor to ceiling windows, inviting the lush vegetation inside. Creative design items, strong colours, from red to metallic, create an atypical vivid vibrance. Forget about the rules of design and just enjoy the show! If neat and minimalist is what you’re looking for, this is nothing like that! Gorgeous and avant-garde, this is one of those homes dedicated to the edgy ones!
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.