Located nearby the Walgau and Rätikon mountains in Austria, this contemporary house designed by Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbH is a place where serenity reigns. Away from the city rush, this splash of modern architecture nestled in the idyllic site of Vorarlberg exudes tranquility, emphasising the values of a relaxed lifestyle. It is said that the people living in gracious harmony with the environment are the happiest. Our House Gulm is therefore, a shelter of happiness. The house is located close to the forest, so whenever you feel like you need to recharge your batteries or clear your thoughts, you can simply go for a walk and listen to the nature’s blissful symphony.
House Gulm is structured on two levels, it features floor-to-ceiling windows and oak furniture. “Heart of the house is the entrance hall with the two-storey rammed earth wall. The horizontal layer structure and the narrow vertical slits are typical features of this wall sculpture. Even the floor of the hall was made of loam. On the ground floor there are the garage, the foyer, living room, dining room and the kitchen.” The first floor accommodates the more private areas, such as the bedrooms and the bathrooms. The interior is stylish and bright, uncluttered and flooded by the sun’s light and warmth.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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