Architectural companyInarc Architectscompleted the design for Bellarine Peninsula House, a contemporary residence located in Barwon Heads, Australia. The architects briefly describe the project as a “single level home with double height central living area and separated sleeping wings for parents and children. Dual courtyards on either side of living area offer controlled landscape views. A seaside palette of gray rough sawn timber, dark bronze and aging cement soften the seaside experience”. The contrasting array of materials contribute to an overall sober exterior, dimmed only by the generous windows, which allow a sneak peek towards the minimalist interiors. An open plan living and dining area acts as the core of the residence; white textured walls separate the functional spaces and add personality to an otherwise rigid space. Bellarine Peninsula House also accommodates a garage, a generous cellar, laundry room, three bedrooms, a gaming area, a swimming pool and a reflecting pond. How do you appreciate the overall design of this home? Find it welcoming?
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
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.