Located on the Buholmen Peninsula in Norway, this waterfront cabin designed by Oslo-based architecture firm Skaara Arkitekter AS boasts 1,076 square feet of inviting living space. Its exterior is defined by a pine facade and a moss roof, capturing the natural colors of its environment. According to the architects, “the cottage replaces an old cabin and is supplemented with a new outhouse and jetty.The buildings’ two volumes separate living from sleeping areas, and create a protected patio which gives shelter from different wind conditions. A fan-shaped plan opens the cluster towards the south. The southernmost wing contains the private zone with modest sleeping cabins. The east wing consists of a split-level open living/kitchen area with views across the inlet towards Jomfruland“. We don’t know about you guys, but we would leave out the word “modest”, when describing anything related to the design of this cozy, nature-embedded, original waterfront home.
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
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.