Welcome to a house tour where contemporary design is subtly mixed with lovely traditional features. Completed in 2011 by Skylab Architecture in Portland, near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, this place is an oasis of healthy living. Arboretum Residence displays neutral colors throughout, adding to its minimalist look without interfering with the cozy atmosphere.
The interior design is characterized by minimalism and a strong relationship with the neighboring landscape: “With a toned-down background, shapes and textures take the spotlight. Natural textiles such as linen and jute provide a welcome contrast to the simple geometric lines that make up a contemporary space. Architectural elements aim to connect the indoor and outdoor. Expansive windows, open floor plans, and lots of natural light are key characteristics of contemporary home design”. Enjoy the photos and feel free to share the inspiring home ideas you discover!
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.