The Avenue Residence by Christian Rice Architects is an example of maximizing space on a relatively narrow property through the integration of exterior living areas. Located in Coronado, California, USA, the house features a covered front porch and covered rear patio that engage the open-plan great room at the front and rear through pocketing glass doors. The array of open and enclosed spaces create plenty of opportunities for family gatherings and outdoor relaxation.
Exuding a rustic-contemporary vibe, this narrow dwelling is highly welcoming: “A two-story outdoor stone fireplace is constructed on the detached rear guest house, providing a visual focal point throughout the home. The stone fireplace is further accented at night as recessed lights embedded into the hearth provide illumination. The aesthetics of the home take inspiration from contemporary ‘barn’ design seen in the Northern California wine country, and integrates these concepts with more traditional coastal design to create a unique blend of coastal and contemporary architecture.” Enjoy the virtual gallery below and feel free to share your thoughts regarding the overall design of this project. What are the elements you find most inspiring and why? [Photos and information provided by Christian Rice Architects]
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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