Embracing the Mediterrean climate, Cyprus is a wonderful spot for creating that perfect ambient that you end up calling home. For the Lambrianou Koutsolambros Architects, to build and furnish a contemporary house, with a swimming pool integrated, was definitely a challenging experience. The Funnel House project is located in a small village, called Agia Marinouda. According to the architects, the shape of it was determined by the views.
The architects tried to create a spot for relaxation, putting the stakes on an eco-friendly structure. The main idea was to give this house a sustainable look and at the same time, keep it all tidy and elegant. The swimming pool, together with the maze of greenery were imagined as connectors between the inhabited home and the outdoors. Cheerful circular cracks were made in one of the walls, letting the sunlight penetrate the house in the morning dawn. For a dramatic effect, the artificial light pierces the wall “escaping” through the cracks. The living room table, the opaque glass wall – these are just a few of the “spotted” interior design elements, that reflect the chosen theme. A glossy look, with marble details complete the décor. The architects insisted on the importance of nature, providing to the client a clean and refreshing home. All in all, the architects stated that: “The outcome is reminiscent of Greek island whiteness, coolness and adjacency to earth and water”.
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
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests