A composition of simple elements and a playful exposure of shapes and here we are, admiring a freshly renewed building with creative cutouts. The RGR House, designed by archiNOW! is located in the beautiful city of Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. With its striking “labyrinth-like” façade, the residential project defined in 2011, spreads over 500 square meters and it makes quite an impression on whoever ends up seeing its simplistic but effective look. “The project seeks a complexity of volumes through the composition of simple elements; the synthetic result is the overlapping of two items from the antithetical nature that interact in strict harmony.”
The main concern was to reduce the annual energy consumption, so the design studio responsible with the renewing had to focus on integrating particular systems to deliver a home as eco-friendly as possible: “The building is equipped with a heating and cooling system connected to an absorption system through solar panels. A small photovoltaic system, installed on the roof, ensures the energy required for operation of the equipments.” The interior is bright and neat, comfortable and very modern. Everything seems executed to perfection!
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Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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