Combining function and sculptural design, the creative minds at Platform 5 Architects developed an interesting project in London, England. Shoffice is a garden pavilion located to the rear of a 1950?s terraced house in St John’s Wood and displays a fascinating exterior. The brief of the owners required a “sculptural object that flowed into the garden space“, so the architects achieved just that: an unfolding structure made of wood, perfect for accommodating a quite office and a shed.
Here is an excerpt from the official press release provided by the project developers: “The glazed office space nestles into an extruded timber elliptical shell, reminiscent of a wood shaving, and forms a small terrace in the lawn. The interior is oak lined and fitted out with a cantilevered desk and storage. Two roof-lights – one glazed above the desk with another open to the sky outside the office bring light into the work space“. To us, this looks like a modern, practical and aesthetically appealing project. We look forward to seeing your reactions as well.
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
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city