Big and Small House is a project designed by Anonymous Architects in Los Angeles, on a hillside. The house, looking like a robust box, despite its small appearance, is quite spacious. The architects chose not to divide the space in rooms but to create a comfortable feeling of breeziness, embracing the lack of boundaries. We’ve got one main floor that accommodates the kitchen, the dining area and the living room, without making you feel swallowed by the cluttered space.
The upper floor is dedicated to the master bedroom. The surprise element is “the hole in the ceiling”, perceived as a windows that connects you to the celestial environment. You can enjoy spectacular views, just like when you lay on the grass and watch the shimmering stars. The house is not settled on a plain lot of ground, which provides different levels of heights throughout the house. “The free plan of the site mirrors the free plan of the house because the house does not actually touch the ground – givng full access to enjoy the garden and the views outside the house”, except the garage and the entrance itself.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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