Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA) in collaboration with interior design studio OKHA have developed a massive contemporary project entitled La Grande Vue 5A residence in Cape Town, South Africa. The house is composed of two apartments, both having exceptional views of the sea below. Here is the story behind the project: “Carla & Stefan Antoni’s growing family is what forced the couple to demolish their bachelor pad and build a larger home. The result incorporates Stefan’s dual-level penthouse, including two en-suite bedrooms, a living area and a kitchen on the first level, a studio, third bedroom and garage on the lower level, and an apartment underneath. On the roof, there is a swimming pool and terrace, as well as the magnificent SKY BAR containing a cocktail bar and entertainment area”. The interiors were designed in a highly contemporary manner, taking advantage of the breathtaking vistas: “We wanted to break free from the mould, create a piece of poetry that plays on light, space and geometry, and balances the primal quality of raw surfaces with modern elements,”Stefan explained.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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