So difficult to choose a first post…..
I thought, should I introduce myself and what this whole blog is about, or should I start from the very beginning and show what inspired me to love sustainable architecture, or should I simply just show one of my latest favourite finds????
I decided to go with option 3 as it means that each post is fresh and current (and it would really be a fairly long and boring story for the first two which you can read in the “about” page anyway). Also, my opinions and choices may not be the same as they were when this whole fascination started around 20 years ago….. (kinda giving away that I’m not the typical mid-20s blogger).
I’ve decided to start with a modern Scandinavian home that I came across recently. I love it simplicity and the fact that the building is designed as a functional shell that doesn’t try to be more than it is….
Wedged between historical buildings this crisp and clean building, designed by architecture firm Elding Oscarson, showcases the contrast of style and technology between the old and the new with slab concrete and steel design.
Large windows supply light and heat (double glazed so the heat doesn’t escape in cooler months) while the concrete provides thermal mass (although not the most sustainable material in manufacturing though). The use of ready made steel grating as vertical screens adds detail and a lightness to the building.
Classic mid-century furniture pieces add warmth….. Second-hand furniture being, of course, one of the most sustainable ways of injecting character and history to a modern home.