One of the neat things about cob is that it can be used to sculpt many interior features of a house. Cob bookshelves, niches, and benches all add to the beauty and personality of the house.
Situated on the outskirts of a village, this house was designed to maximize the relationship between the architecture and surrounding landscapes. Peter Feeny Architects was invited to design the house in Oxfordshire for a couple and their young child who wanted to swap life in London for a more rural existence.
This guest residence, located on a barrier island, is set within a mature oak hammock along Sarasota Bay. The wooden structure was inspired by two elements. First, the owner’s one sentence program read, “…respect the land, and the rest will follow”. Secondly, the live oak trees which were shaped by the coastal winds from the west, influenced the structural form of the guest house.
Using locally sourced building materials and local labour is the sustainable way for the now and the future if we’re going to have one. The Dutch company, 24H-Architcture, well known as an innovative and environmentally aware design organisation have built the most beautiful children’s playground, actually more of an activity and learning center, as part of the Eco Villa at the Soneva in Thailand.
This project was inspired by Brazil’s Indian architecture, perfectly suited for the hot and humid climate in Rio de Janeiro .On a beautiful little beach with amazing blue water, sits a little house with a flowering roof that shades and protects like a big tropical banana leaf.
Kropka Studio completed the design and development of “House in the Landscape”, a private residence in southern Poland. The project is situated close to the city of Zawiercie, on a spectacular sloping site, in the buffer zone of the Eagles’ Nests natural landscape park.
Antony Gibbons is an architect whose designs are centered around nature and being a full part of their environment. He uses native woods in his projects that will age and blend effortlessly into the surrounding wooded areas.
Herzog & de Meuron have done a number of buildings for Ricola, the Swiss cough drop company with the really annoying commercial. Now they have completed the Kräuterzentrum, or herb processing center, where the drying, cutting, blending and storing of the locally grown ingredients takes place. The walls of the building are rammed earth, built by Lehm Ton Erde (Loam Clay Earth).