This restaurant’s name describes its interesting space arrangement – a double floor space hollow in the middle. The Hollow Restaurant was designed by Sergei Makhno and Vasiliy Butenko – a powerful duo that managed to transform an empty space into a fascinating dining space. Found on Cubeme, the restaurant features two floors that combine excellent service and a calming, interesting interior design. The natural colors used in creating this dining space were carefully considered to add character to the space and the textures give guests a relaxing feel, but keeps them interested in the beautiful details. The first floor of the Hollow Restaurant is occupied by the dining area, where flowers hover over the tables, while the second floor shelters a more secluded space – a lounge space that displays the same beautiful flower motif. Lamps from Vasiliy Butenko light up the space and create a special atmosphere that accompanies great meals. Wood was considered the best material that can express the designer’s intentions – a warm, inviting space that brings the focus back on the connection between creative design and natural inspiration.
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
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests