Carefully designed to display a contemporary but private front facade, this modern residence in Kortrijk, Belgium, is a volumetric collection of spaces spread over two levels. Designed by Belgian Devolder Architects, the modern timber-clad home welcomes family and guest with a simple geometric shape pierced by the garage door and a walkway leading to a partly hidden entrance door. Behind this very private front, a series of social and private spaces meet the client’s demands. The backside is strongly connected to the garden via large windows on both floors – the lower level is flooded with direct natural light, while the upper one receives sunlight through a series of slated timber screens. Two sets of stairs connect the two levels of the house – one leads from the living room to the bedrooms, while the other constructs a link to the upstairs office space. Cozy and elegant, the modern house can inspire you to create comfortable, family-friendly interiors for your next residential project, so enjoy!
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
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