Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects completed the design of an L-shaped building in Edsviken, Sollentuna, Sweden. The actual bend gives the house an interior spatial flow that would have been broken if the architects had chosen a sharp corner. The curving also makes for an iconic and sculptural exterior – something that the client specifically requested. Another distinctive feature is the facade color. Vertical boards are painted in different Falun red shades. An irregular transition from ocher (wide boards) to dark red (narrow boards) happens from the bedroom end to the living room end. Swedish children’s book”Where’s the Tall Uncle’s Hat?” was the inspiration for the color mixture.
The house has two floors in its tall end. That’s where you find bedrooms etcetera. In the second lower end, the upper floor terminates with a balcony facing the interior living room with its high ceilings. The roof has a diagonal, pitch; from one end to the other and also backwards. This skews the house’s gables but also makes for the constant changing of room geometry as one moves through the house. [Information provided via e-mail by Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects; Photography: Åke E:son Lindman]
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
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