With a total living area of 238 square meters, this inspiring modern home located in a municipality in Stockholm County, Sweden, is not what you would normally expect from a typical Scandinavian home. The residence (seen on Residence.se) is said to be designed in a contemporary international style and offers fabulous views of the surrounding landscape. Large sliding patio doors lead to a generous terrace for large dinner parties. The main house is structured on the levels. The upper floor accommodates the living room , kitchen and master bedroom with en-suite walk in closet and bathroom. On the lower level of about 80 square meters, there are three bedrooms, a TV room, a bathroom and laundry room. The villa is located far out in the Stockholm archipelago and around the corner is Fagelbro Golf and Country Club which offers golf activities, restaurants, stables and gym. More summer pubs in the local area are easily accessible by boat. Can you think of any other features that would have better adjusted this home to its surroundings?
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
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic