Basing the design on the needs of a modern family, Toronto-based Altius Architecture created an elegant cluster of living spaces named the 360 Winnett House. This residential project was built in Toronto, Canada, on a challenging urban plot. Nestled between two other residences, this 2,370 square foot single family home displays a bright, welcoming interior arrangement. The use of white and grey throughout was soften by wooden cabinetry and flooded with natural light that creates a bright and cheery atmosphere. The three bedrooms were designed to offer relaxing moments while displaying the same color palette as the other spaces. Located in the heart of the home, a 24 foot double height volume draws light inside during the day, while at night it seems to transform into a lighthouse-resembling design element, anchoring the overall architecture. On the ground floor, in the most used part of the house, where the kitchen meets the dining space in an open floor plan, the family gathers around the table for those unforgettable times that eventually become the most loved memories.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
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