Barrier Island House is a project designed by Sanders Pace Architecture and completed in 2012. The residence is located in a modest 1950’s neighborhood, in Vero Beach, Florida, offering a stunning view upon the natural landscape. Rich in details, the scenery is this house’s big plus. The waterfront, the oaks surrounding the building, everything inspires peacefulness and relaxation. The clients got fascinated with the site and as they started to use Barrier Island House as a permanent house, certain improvements had to be made. The structure was about 50 years old and it definitely needed a blast of new. After a brief analysis, the architects decided to change the original house plan by adding a loft level while focusing on connecting the outdoors with the indoor living space.
As we previously mentioned, the vegetation has a significant role in defining the atmosphere: the palms and the oak trees adorn the entrance. Besides the concrete used in restoring the structural system, cedar and dark brick create a stunning visual effect, embellishing the house. The interior is very modern, with plenty of opened spaces and wide windows. The transparence creates depth emphasizing this house’s solar halo. A very glossy inside, white furnishing and lightweight colours define the interior. The house is the result of reshaping an old concept by adding elements of contemporary design. Would you make this your permanent home?
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
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests