Located on a natural coral stone cliff in Barbados, this appealing holiday villa is known to have accommodated many celebrities. Its genuine style and staff of 16 people will make any escape here an experience of complete relaxation: “Cove Spring House is the most coveted vacation home on Barbados; unique in its prime Platinum Coast location, atop coral stone cliffs which wrap around its own secluded beach; sumptuous in its stunningly furnished interiors; intimate, private and secure in its magnificent walled and manicured gardens; architecturally designed for aesthetic all-day, outdoor living, entertaining and relaxing.” If this alluring description did not convince you, then perhaps the half-moon shaped fresh water swimming pool or the meandering terrace to the water’s edge will. Other features of the villa include an gym, a spa, a theater room and Wi-Fi. How would you comment on the overall appearance of this villa ? Do you appreciate its style or would rather spend your holiday in a more contemporary looking retreat?
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