MPreis supermarkets stand out because they are commissioned from young architects in the Tyrol and designed not only to save money but to be environmentally sustainable, fit harmoniously into their surroundings and make use of innovative design features. The new supermarket and coffee shop in Wiesing designed by Daniel Fügenschuh is a good example.
Cherubino Gambardella has designed a bold new shopping centre for the Benevento area: a major work of contemporary architecture which may be interpreted as an allusion to the local medieval military fortresses and the materials with which they are covered, with indoor flooring recalling streets and big paved areas outside the entrances. A form of sustainability that makes the most of the building’s location.
Alfredo Cano Briceño shows the world of design that it is possible “to make something out of nothing”, constructing a sustainable building using recycled materials with a high expressive potential, in a contemporary project in which architecture is at the service of art and culture in the context of a place of entertainment.
Environmental impact has become the new key to rewriting a portion of the history of architecture, as the zero impact effect of certain construction materials such as porcelain stoneware is changing the way people think about design.
Reflecting on issues of importance in contemporary architecture, Tatiana Bilbao rediscovers rammed-earth as a valuable, prestigious building material. Her house in Ajijic, Mexico is an ever-changing dialogue between design and nature, in which this traditional material becomes both a sustainable construction solution and an interpretation of contemporary aesthetic sensibilities.
LAN architecture of Frances uses materials to characterise a student housing complex in the La Chapelle district of Paris, next to the redeveloped ZAC Pajol area. The themes of integration and privacy are addressed along with reduction of energy resources, earning the work Habitat et Environnement THPE certification in France.
The plan for a house in Gerês National Park in Portugal is an example of the kind of architecture that sets aside formal advocacy to draw its inspiration from nature and mould itself completely to its requirements, revealing one of the many faces of sustainability: the one based on attentive use of materials and interaction with the landscape.
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