Supporting the environment and natural beauty is one thing when you are laying on the beach watching the waves lap onto the shore or when you are high atop a mountain surveying the land below. In your house or apartment, nature can be a bit of a tricky beast. After all, while your dog might be more than welcome in your bed, any other critter from outside would be an infestation. So how can you make your home more nature-friendly while still protecting its sanctity and design? Try a vertical garden. These walls planted with greenery are not just beautiful with their vibrant leaves, but they also serve as natural air filters by ‘breathing in’ carbon dioxide and ‘breathing out’ pure, fresh oxygen.
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Christian Street House by James Russell Architect:
“We are fortunate to live with a benign subtropical climate. Christian Street House in Clayfield, an inner north suburb of Brisbane, sits on the east side of a rolling hill, opening its face to the morning sun and bay breezes. It’s back is buried in the hill, protected from the harsh summer sun, storms and winter westerlies.
High gables make a patio to street, a covered arrival and gathering place with barn doors to living behind. Cars participate without becoming a barrier between street and life within.
There are many ways to move around this place. Journey from street can take you across patio, down outdoor stairs and around garden to meals, living and water. The boys can sneek in from street via a grungy service lane, they can come and go independently. Their rooms have a more public side to garden and gathering. Retreat for Kate and David is more like attic, accessed across patio or up a secret stair.
The ground plane steps from cave spaces bunkered in to the hill, hidden spaces for bathing and sleep, down to garden and meals, then further down to lounge, the morning sun and prospect.
Christian Street House is made from brick, timber and concrete. Timber is prescribed in the local council code. It references timber and tin architecture that pervades most areas of the inner suburbs, but not Clayfield. We use timber for the loftier structure that opens to the street, our verandah and barn. Inviting familiar structure with a shorter life than the masonry ruin.
Timber sits on a heavy concrete and brick base making cave spaces that are cut in to the ground towards the rear of the site. Masonry is used to hold back earth, make a quiet space for retreat and sleep, but opens directly onto garden. Brick and concrete makes these spaces, a structure resilient to termites and requiring minimal maintenance.”
In few words, a simple and, in the same time, a modern house, which could give the whole feeling of comfort to a family, a young couple or to a free spirit.
Wall art is something that shouldn’t miss in your house. Even if you have just one, or one for every wall- it shouldn’t miss.
Contemporary wall art give your home a little spice, you know, like that type of meal which can’t be eaten without a little bit of salt and pepper.
Nowadays, art has been improved and now it has become irreplaceable. Some wall art make you feel like you’re living in other universe, especially the 3D ones.
Contemporary wall art is usually a picture divided in 2 or more parts or some quotes painted on the wall. It can be also something geometrical, abstract.
Imagine yourself staying on the sofa in your living room, watching at your contemporary 3D nature wall art… it will instant teleport you in the heart of a forest. How cool?
If you want something original, you can find your favorite landscape, or quote and find someone who can paint it for you! It will probably cost you cheaper.
In another post of mine I spoke about how to incorporate the nature in your house if you love it so much and you want to live around a forest, or surrounded by flowers and plants.
I also think that if you love nature you should choose an ecological house.
What is actually this ecological house?
An ecological house is modeled on the energy and material flows of natural ecosystems, and thus enhances rather than degrades the environment. . It also produces resources, or at least gathers and stores more of them than it uses. The “extra” resources are distributed back into the larger environment to support life elsewhere.
How does it sound to you?
To me, it sounds like living a more healthy life, because by building a house like this you will help the environment, you will reduce the amount of pollution.
Wondering which design is the greatest for your new home? Pure nature! No, I am not wrong! The nature is the best home ‘accessory’.
Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential architects of the first half of the 20th century. Lloyd Wright died 50 years ago, but his designs are still alive. ‘Fallingwater’ is just one of his amazing houses.
The team at Swat Miers Architects transformed a vision into reality, designing the three tea houses as perfect observation spots.
We can notice that the principal idea of this houses is the big windows, and the raw material used for almost every object in house.
Besides these two major innovations of the architects, there are many houses that bring nature inside them.