Designed by Stu/D/O Architects for a family of four, the Joly House in Bangkok, Thailand is a three-level building with a total footprint of 250 square meters. The residence stands out from far away in its dense neighborhood, due to the wood louver panels combined with exposed concrete and its total height of eleven meters. A swimming pool on the second level completes the image of a contemporary luxurious home. With its transparent glass bottom, it allows natural light inside the parking spaces and the main entrance on the first level.
According to the architects, “the retractable wood louvers on the third floor are designed using the analysis of the wind walls and shading device diagrams and can be adjusted for variations in the incident angle of sunlight. Combined with the wood louvers on the third floor, the glass louvers on the second level surrounding the swimming pool courtyard help create an ambiance of privacy for this corner house.” The interiors are spacious and airy, with some of the social zones connected to green courtyards. Have a look and tell us what you think! [Photos by: Krisada Boonchaleow, Chanin Limapornvanich and courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects]
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