Glass, wood and concrete were used to give the residence an interesting depth – wood is used as an accent and glass helps illuminate the interior with bright natural light. Dressed in a concrete play of volumes, this Buenos Aires property was designed by Vanguarda Architects. The wooden entrance door seems to be part of the architecture and welcomes family and guest inside, where a double-height space faces the almost entirely glazed backside. Sheltering impressively modern spaces spread over 502 square meters, the concrete residence is locate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An L-shaped ground floor is completed by a rectangular first floor. Downstairs, living and entertaining spaces, alongside the cooking and dining spaces were gathered in an open space floor plan. Leading to the next floor, the white staircase seen from the outside slowly disappears in the discreet set of private upstairs spaces. On the inside, a fabulous glass bridge connects the upstairs master suite from the other two bedrooms. Bold splashes of color break the monotony and liven up the space, while the retractable glass doors fully connect the interiors to the outdoors.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
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