This colossal six bedrooms, ten bathrooms residence located in Bel Air, California, will certainly appeal to those who are fascinated by an opulent lifestyle. Currently on sale for $30 million, the project comes with amenities aimed at satisfying the ego of the most pretentious residents: “A dramatic entry through 12-ft-high gates leads to a long private driveway and motor court that introduces the residence. Inside, the interiors are replete with 16-ft ceilings and such finishes as book matched marble walls and Italian fixtures. An baronial grand hallway links all of the public rooms, creating flow for entertaining. The main floor features an over-sized living room, elegant dining room, screening room, wood-paneled library, wine cellar, and gourmet chef’s kitchen. A soaring sculptural staircase climbs to reveal five guest bedrooms, a gym, and luxurious master suite. An attached guest house completes this rare opportunity“. How would you comment of the design features of this home, in relationship to its price tag?
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
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.