Meet Casa Sulla Morella, an exquisite sustainable house equipped with solar panels, designed by Andrea Oliva Architetto in Castelnovo Sotto, Reggio Emilia, Italy. The residential project has an intriguing smart design aiming to get the utmost of the sun’s light and warmth while keeping a very modern look. “Inserted between rural landscape and observer to 60 mt from the road, suspended by the ground to protection of the tall stratum of superficial wather and to memory of the installations “terramare”, the residence is composed of two staggered elements to northeast: the porch or climatic mitigator and the housing space or insulating body.”
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the natural light to flood the interior creating a warm home environment. The rectangular parallelepiped house, with a white frame surrounding it, is structured on two levels. It boasts a huge cut out, which create a magical atmosphere during nighttime. Due to the special lighting system, the house literally glows in the dark. Its monolithic aspect and its simplicity make Casa Sulla Morella stand out. The interior is bright, airy and the dominant colours are different shades of browns and beige.
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
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