Modern & Contemporary Oak Timber Architecture
Contemporary architecture is formally defined as the building style of the present day. Today’s styles, however, are quite varied and have a number of different influences. It is generally recognized that contemporary architecture is an evolution of modern architecture. While these two terms are sometimes used synonymously, this usage is not correct. Modern architecture refers to the building style of the early to mid-20th century. It features clean lines and an emphasis on function. Those elements that characterised modern architecture, however were also sometimes thought to be cold and impersonal.
This belief lead to the creation of the contemporary style as is recognized today. Like the modern style, contemporary architecture connects indoor and outdoor spaces, but it adds some personal touches and warmth throughout the living space. The use of natural light also plays a big part in defining this style. For this reason, large and expansive windows are a common and easily recognized feature of contemporary homes. Green building is also becoming a strong component of the contemporary style. Architects today are placing more emphasis on energy efficiency; they also are using sustainable, natural, and recycled materials, thus creating eco-friendly houses.
Contemporary homes are also often thoughtfully integrated into their natural surroundings. This practice is sometimes referred to as organic architecture. Here at Natural Structures we pride ourselves on being part of the contemporary architectural evolution. In the past we built more traditional style homes and extensions but the percentage of contemporary projects is now far exceeding the once popular traditional styles. With the use of natural light, natural materials and large open spaces we are able to create beautiful, simple, functional new space.
A perfect example of our work is showcased here in the Addington villages East of Kettering where we have just completed a beautiful oak framed contemporary home. Using just three elements – stone, slate and oak, these natural materials help blend the structure into its natural wooded background. The glazing method that we chose to use for this particular build was the direct glaze method using the best quality quarter sawn prime grade oak we were able to keep the finish of the exterior of the oak frame completely clean of any imperfections in the oak and also to create strong straight lines that is essential in this type of design. The large amount of glazing that we introduced into the build helps give the interior a fresh open feel and enables the clients to virtually see 180 degree views of the beautiful woods that the plot sits within.