Realise your dream of a new home as soon and as sustainable as possible by creating an adaptable home. Here are some examples of how to get the new build thinking process started and indeed realise, one key aspect of sustainable design which is adaptability or you could also call it future proofing our buildings for the changes to come. Even though I will be outlining these thoughts on a home this concept could / should also be applied to offices as well as retail as our working world is changing too.
Let us have a look at a family home first as I think it will be what most of us have in mind when we think of a self build. In this case future proofing could mean to think of a new family member needing its own space under our roof, a new born baby or granny for example....
The design possibilities for micro living / houses appear endless, however they are rarely found as proper living spaces, homes so to speak. While researching for my next blog post, after having promised you more house and detail designs in three posts ['small footprint homes', prefabricated timber modules' and 'small bathroom design'], I found that small and self-sustained living is the solution for buildings in rural areas. Yes, indeed like the cabin in the woods.
Micro-Climates should play a big part when considering building a house, but especially when planning a passive or energy-efficient house design. Since I posted my design-process and my first small house designs I received your kind feedback and questions in regards to sorting out or choosing a building plot. You are absolutely right, I jumped right into the designing process but you have to forgive me, as an architect it's just so exciting to get right into the designing process. But of course
Nature will embark on another circle soon and the season helps me to catch up on some valuable sleep. And since I was designing some living spaces for my blog lately I designed this minimalist and multipurpose bed as well.
It's basically a bed but rather than stopping there this design picks up some of the must haves for my bedroom. As such you can, of course, just lay down for a good snooze but this piece of furniture also incorporates a lot of other features.
18 Blackfriars Road, London
Located close to the south bank of the River Thames, surrounded by streets on three sides and benefiting from an existing park with mature London plane trees and a listed church towards the south.
The demolition of the existing buildings on the site has already been completed based on the previous planning consent from 2008. The revised proposals include a 180m tall residential tower with 227 units, a hotel with 550 rooms, 61 affordable apartments and an office building with 24,000sqm of internal space.
The massing is allocated around the edges of the site to allow for a large public square in the centre. Various breaks of the buildings at street level ensure permeability and pedestrian flows through the site and public realm.
CIBC Square, Toronto, Canada
Located between the downtown core and Lake Ontario are three sites south, north and above the train tracks into Union Station that have been developed as part of this project.
The first phase of the development will see the construction of the southern tower, podium and sky park. The podium contains the main entrance lobby, sky-lobby, amenity and operational spaces as well as a new bus station over two levels.
The main plaza addresses Bay Street and parking and loading facilities are provided within the three basement levels. Internal connections to the PATH network, LRT and Union Station ensure excellent accessibility making the site an ideal location for a sustainable high rise with a height of 250m.
The glazed facade is slightly folded, creating a diamond pattern adding vertical scale and modulation to the high rise in contrast to the surrounding buildings.