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!
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.
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