We’ve spotted this house on miss-design and we really wanted to share this Bagnato Architects project with you. This is, basically, something that we call a house with an interesting past. Imagine an Anglican Church (built in 1892) transformed into a contemporary home, with gorgeous décor elements, an open space living room and a large terrace guarded by a crystal clear swimming pool. Now repeat after us: this used to be a church! Hard to believe, isn’t it?! Hudson St (Melbourne, Australia) is an exquisite home with an impressive structure, imposing and very luminous. The floor-to-ceiling sliding windows allow the natural light to sneak in and create a bright and vivid ambience.
Some of the “church” elements were kept untainted: the arcades, the rounded windows and of course, the original shape. The house is very spacious, accommodating five bedrooms with 5 bathrooms, lounge and entertainment areas, a bright living room, a kitchen and a large dining room. The materials used in defining the house were wood, white marble, onyx marble and limestone. Precious, elegant and made of the finest materials, the Hudson St is a place that “marries an 1892 church to 2012 modernity throughout unique dimensions”. What do you think of it?
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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