This stunning home in Brisbane, Australia has been designed to take advantage of the magnificent views from its lofty, secluded location. Open-plan living areas connect private wings whilst floor to ceiling windows and internal courtyards accentuate the views from this imposing home, designed by award winning architect Dion Seminara.
The interior feels spacious thanks to the high ceilings with a large living room on the northern side of the home combining a lounge and dining area. The home theatre – complete with fireplace – features a blacked out ceiling with retractable walls and ceiling allowing the space to open up revealing a two-level void which allows occupants to take in the not-to-be-missed views. The floors are made from 140 year old polished teak whilst the timber doors at the main entrance come from India. The home has five bedrooms with four residing in one wing along with two bathrooms and a large office area with its own separate entrance. The first level comprises of the main bedroom/retreat with its own private library, a nursery, bathroom and dressing room.
Outside the center piece is the entertainment pavilion complete with its award winning swimming pool, spa, sauna and bathroom. Tranquil gardens have been tastefully designed with stone monuments and water features, creating a romantic, relaxing environment that one needs to experience to believe. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Dion Seminara Architecture]
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
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.