With on floor dramatically overhanging the other, the Nest and Cave House designed by Idis Turato displays a very intriguing architecture. The residence overlooks the sea in the Opatija Riviera, Croatia and dominates the hillside landscape it is embedded in. With a total built area of 395,5 square meters, the project is divided into two levels, hinted by the two distinct looking volumes.
According to the official description provided by the architects, “the house consists of an entrenched concrete bunker (the sleeping area) on which a steel spatial grid structure is placed and which elongates into a 17 meter long console. Despite it being constructed within a reductive registry of functions, with only two structural elements and with its apparent division into the sleeping and living area, the house creates a wondrous, ever shifting experience. The dislocated upper part and its hyper-trophic console express the quintessential tension of a Mediterranean house: the battle of the sun and the shadow“. Be sure to check out the video at the end of the post for a special home tour and let us know what you think!
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.