Japanese architecture firm no.555 completed a modern residence with an original architecture in Fukushima, Japan. KKC House was developed in strong connection to the surrounding natural elements and is lifted above the found in order to create additional entertainment spaces for the inhabitants. Here is more from the architects: “The design focuses on establishing a level of communication as well as an open communal space for the family members. The sheltered area generated under the body of the house serves as a large multi-functional area for outdoor activities. Read as a pair of linear volumes, the stilted dwelling features hide-away windows which establish a high level of privacy for the domestic space within. Separated by a spinal alley way which remains open to the element, the design defines the public programs (living, dining, kitchen) from the sleeping quarters“. A mini golf course for the children is integrated in a chasm that visually connects the two volumes and provides natural daylight for the surrounding interiors.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light