Strikingly modern, the White Lodge residence developed by Dyer Grimes Architects in Tandridge, England combines luxurious country living with modern functionality. Originally home to a 1960’s detached bungalow surrounded by tall trees, the site was reinterpreted as to host this imposing 480sqm home. From afar, you can observe the hardwood cladding and white render with an abundance of glass throughout.
The architects decided to split the White Lodge residence in two main levels: “The glazed ground floor living space is surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, while the first floor appears to hover over the kitchen dining area as well as project over the swimming pool“. Sustainability was also a major factor to consider in the planning process, when an impressive target was set: to generate 20 percent of the energy required by using renewable energy sources. The objective was reached by using solar hot water collectors on the roof, an efficient drainage system and an air source heat pump.
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