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.
By combining “canonic” materials such as brick and glass with straw, architect Arjen Reas meets the needs of sustainability while permitting interaction between the environment and the landscape, between the private and the public. His plan for a home in Zoermeer (the Netherlands) is a work of contemporary form and content.
RRA’s recently completed plans for a lookout over the fjords of Trollstigen is a work in which both materials and composition are inspired entirely by landscape. Cor-ten steel changes colour with the action of time, camouflaging the construction and demonstrating that being sustainable does not just mean consuming less energy: it means reducing visual impact on the environment.
Thomas Phifer’s Salt Point House is an open space organised around a closed-in core containing utility areas and technical installations to leave the glass walls entirely free to provide shelter without blocking the view of the landscape.
Concreteness and dynamism are the keywords describing the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai. The design produced by a team under the direction of Giampaolo Imbrighi reveals solid compositional choices and assignment of priority to environmental sustainability, and reflects a spirit of change and flexibility with innovative use of clear cement.GranitiFiandre is a partner of the General Commission of the Italian Government for Expo 2010.
On the basis of the needs of a private client confined to a wheelchair, Olavi Koponen designs a home that makes its limitations into its strong point: the need for barrier-free movement suggests the idea of a circular floorplan on a level that determines the shape of the building. The wooden cladding and structure are a declaration of Koponen’s vocabulary and his ecological architecture.
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