Located north of Toronta, Canada, this recently revised residence underwent an extensive renovation and received additional spaces that concentrate surrounding views and complement the existing architecture. PLANT Architects used the 85 square meter addition to reorient the house towards views of nearby hills and pond below, reformulating this turn of the century farmhouse’s floor plan. Known as the Creemore Farm, this residential project was redesigned to focus on offering the feeling of a larger, brighter space.
A high corner window stretching from the first floor sitting area to the upper floor master bedroom expands the views and creates a tower-like extension that blends in with the traditional farmhouse architecture. The new addition shelters the vestibule, powder room, kitchen, storage space and sitting area on the ground floor, while the upper floor is occupied by the master bedroom and connected with a new staircase to the rest of the building and existing bedrooms upstairs. Turning this building from a brick-cladded home to a modern weekend house enveloped with horizontal and vertical siding was a challenging, but rewarding project.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
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