A notable design collaboration between the traverso-vighy architecture studio and the University of Padua’s Department of Technical Physics led to the development of Residence TVZEB, an experimental zero energy building. The new project was especially built to accommodate an environmentally-sound architecture studio and is located in a few kilometers from the historic center of Vicenza, Italy.
The dwelling has a total surface of 190 square meters and was constructed from parts, combining CNC machined and handcrafted components: “The larch glulam and galvanized steel structure is suspended along two longitudinal lines of the foundation and was dry assembled on site: all building components are made from recyclable and/or recycled materials and can be dismantled. The building can be disassembled at the end of its life cycle and its materials can be separated and recycled, restoring the site to the natural landscape“. The residence is entirely fueled by internal energy sources (wood combustion, solar and geothermal energies).
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.
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