We ran across this delightful modern home in Gloucestershire, a county in South West England. The project impresses due to its dreamy surrounding landscape and original design. The architecture of The Lake House maximizes its privileged location, blurring the indoor-outdoor boundaries. With a lovely wooden facade, the house is visually integrated in its environment and inspires an inviting feel. The residence is structured on two levels, each of them featuring floor to ceiling windows. This allows a large amount of natural light inside, and insures a good ventilation throughout. Once inside, you are greeted by an open plan living room, which mixes modern furniture elements with traditional decorating ideas. The eclectic style is taken further, to the rest of the rooms of the house, with a few exceptions. The kitchen for example displays a simple modern design which also happens to be quite practical. Enjoy the photo and tell us if you find this architecture approach suited for a lake house.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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