Really picturesque, this stunning residence bordered by the woodlands, was designed by the architect Robert M. Gurney. Away from the urban landscape, the Becherer House, located in Albemarle County, Virginia, is composed of three pavilions, each with different views upon the beautiful autumnal site. The central pavilion, accommodating the living room and the kitchen is the most transparent, flooded by light and with a stunning opening towards the pastures that surround, on one side, the house. “A screened porch and bluestone terrace, running the length of the house provides a stage to view sunsets over the pastures while a manicured lawn and dry-stacked slate wall provide an ordered transition from the house to the woods beyond.”
Ideal to rediscover the simple things in life, but not in a simplistic manner, this is the place to be, if you’re looking for a relaxing environment, in order to fill your life with happy moments. The interior is neat and cozy, embellished with wood finishings. Simply lovely, the contemporary Becherer House blossoms in autumn time, when the leaves begin to change colours, revealing a wonderful play of ever-changing colours. Is there something in particular you like about this residence?
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