Combining an amazing solution for small spaces and the Feng Shui principles of Yin (private and closed) and Yang (public and open), a feng shui expert commissioned Spaceflavor Architecture to design his new and exciting office/bedroom/meditation space to fit into his Oakland loft. Named simple the CUBE, this compact multi-purpose space offers flexibility and simplicity. Easy to take apart to fit through a standard 3-foot wide door, the eight-foot CUBE was the perfect solution to increasing necessary space while keeping it compact: “Bay Area Feng Shui expert, Liu Ming, was facing a dilemma: his 1,100 square-foot live/work apartment felt vast and deserted when he was alone, yet he needed more space for his growing Feng Shui classes. He was often forced to juggle his desk, closets and other hefty personal furniture to accommodate over 30 students. He sought an unconventional design solution to gain more space for his classes and streamline loft reconfigurations, while preserving his personal space.” The prefabricated steel frame and plywood components allow the owner to disassemble the CUBE is necessary using regular DIY tools. Do you agree that this is all you need to live a balanced life?
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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