In our search for innovation, we are proud to be associated with Bondor’s InsulLiving system which not only provides us with a faster construction timeframe but more importantly offers our customers an 8 star energy efficient home, saving them thousands on their energy bills.
The InsulLiving system is complimented through the Crossroad Design, a unique design concept by Bleuscape Design which brings the ‘outside in’, offering the home occupant not only direct engagement with greenery, but the benefits of passive design which enhances liveability and further increases the energy efficiency of the home.
Through this concept and new construction technology we are proud to offer our clients Green Energy Homes
The Crossroad concept explained
In essence, the idea draws influence from a reality that we engage with daily; the bitumen cross road. This man-made environment is a space controlled by stop lights; it is a space that forces us to interact with other cars and facilitates the maneuvering of ours in the midst of theirs. The placing of a crossroad layout into the centre of a house plan proposes to provide the occupants with a place of interaction, a hub around which the household revolves.
This cross formation when viewed from the centre allows for four distinctive sight lines, offering four varied and unique perspectives to environments beyond. As the season’s progress and change, so do the experiences of outlook making this a space that is always changing in both light and breeze.
At the centre, unlike its bitumen counterpart, the point of juncture takes the form of a landscaped outdoor court which is surrounded by operable glazing, encouraging adjustment and promoting flexibility.
The versatility of this crossroad layout is in its symmetry. The concept can be flipped, reversed or rotated depending on the lot orientation. This solves the problem of northern exposure as the courtyard can be placed toward the north no matter what direction the land offering.
I would like to suggest that an intimate and direct relationship with landscape at the heart of the plan draws the eye, shifting the emphasis from materialism to a more natural expression of individuality, nature.
In typical volume housing landscaping is so often an afterthought that results in a clear distinction between outside and in. In most circumstances it leaves no options for the occupant but to use their spaces in a singular, segregated fashion.
By nature of its layout the Crossroad House intertwines directly with landscaping, treating it with the same level of respect and importance as its own internal circulation. In many regards, the architecture becomes about the whole site not just the interior spaces. There is also the element of surprise once one passes through the entry threshold experiencing the interior space as outside.
Design can be a sensory experience if the architecture allows for it. This is the beauty of integrated solar passive design. It might be the breeze that is captured from all four extremities of the Crossroad form or the guided view that frames the outside. It might be the acute awareness of rustling leaves curiously close or the filtered flecks of dappled light that reflects into the public sitting spaces. These elements together enhance levels of relaxation, rejuvenating the soul.
Anthony Rigg – Bleuscape Design
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