Designs Northwest Architects– with offices in Stanwood, Snohomish County, Washington – have worked hard on the Thomas Eco-House project, but the results are extraordinary. Resting on an 11 acre site in the Cascade foothills of Stanwood, the four-story high modern residence overlooks Mt. Rainier and Everett City to the South, while being surrounded by fresh air from wooded hills and native vegetation. The contemporary design is defined by energy efficiency and sustainable low maintenance features. Insulated concrete forms (ICF) – “two layers of rigid form insulation between which concrete is poured” – shaping the residential structure ensure a good thermal and acoustic insulation, while the extensive use of glass captured in between the long lasting and low maintenance stucco-finished walls allow the owners to enjoy those beautiful surroundings I was telling you about earlier.
The open floor plan on the main living space includes the kitchen, dining and living spaces, while moving up a floor reveals the bedrooms and a reading loft opening to the living room below. Guests are welcomed on the lower floor, where the space includes a media room, a family room, bedroom and bathroom for a relaxing visit. Polished concrete floors adorn each floor and give the home a modern feel. A fire pole on the upper floor and the rooftop observation space called the “Bubble” are the most exciting residential features the Thomas Eco-House has to offer, but there are other beautiful design details I will let you discover for yourself from the photos below. Enjoy and share your opinions!
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
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