Integrated in the lush vegetation of the Thai island of Koh Samui, Villa Beige is located on an impressive natural 5,000 square-meter beach-front private lot, overlooking the coastline. According to the official description of the property, “Villa Beige has 4 double-bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a private marble pool, a modern entertainment living room, a private spa and steam sauna, gym, private beach facilities, a fully equipped office, Internet Wi-Fi in all buildings and resident staff including a professional chef and a security guard“. This retreat in Thailand is equipped for guests who enjoy luxury and don’t like to leave anything to chance. Mediterranean design defines the villa throughout. As for the furniture arrangements, some of the items are said to be designed by the owners, while other were imported from around the world, mainly from Italy and France. Have a look at the photos and tell us if they trigger and holiday-related sensations.
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
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