Especially developed for an eccentric couple who required a spectacular retreat for relaxation, the luxurious Casa La Punta in Mexico showcases a design away from regional stereotypes. The project team from Elías Rizo Arquitectos worked closely with the owners in order to create a space that mirrors the personality of the inhabitants. Located in Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico, just steps away from the beach, the dwelling is an island of contemporary opulence surrounded by raw nature.
For just two people, living here, the residence seems colossal: “The project was divided into three modules: the input module contains the service areas as well as a workshop to double height, the main module houses the public and private areas of the house, the third module is an open terrace and very close the sea. The upper floor is divided into two parts, the master suite and two guest rooms, which are accessed from a triple height steps“. Check out the photos and tell us what you think!
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