Situated at the junction of two streets in Zagreb, Croatia, the elegant house with a smooth white facade that goes by the name Jelenovac Residence displays a strong connection to the surrounding landscape. The architects who worked on designing this house – DVA Arhitekta – describe their view on the project: “The house is positioned in a way that enables forming of a smaller garden which serves as a tampon zone between the traffic and big garden. The terrain slope generates house pedestal which comprises secondary facilities; the outside spaces, the entrance. Floor plan follows the geometry of the site and divides itself in two parts. The middle volume contains spiral staircase cladded in wood, who’s sculptural form of curved surfaces corresponds with the orthogonal system of the house in an unusually soft manner, making the element a center piece of interior. Decomposing of the volumes originates in function. In a larger volume all living spaces are placed, while the smaller one comprises additional utilizable spaces. The smooth white facade in contrast with dark openings creates dynamics and elegance of the facade. Glass fences allow undisturbed views towards the beautiful scenery.”
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.