Spreading over 455 square meters, House R‘s floor plan was comprised between the walls of its four-story height structure. Designed by German architect Roger Christ and located in Karlsruhe, Germany, the interiors of this beautiful modern home can be reached either via the north main entrance or via the carport underneath. A forecourt and a ramp in the front allow easy access into the residence, where family and guests can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in the presence of contemporary interior design. On the inside, there is also the possibility of moving through the spaces using either the staircase or the elevator. Each floor has its own charm and well-planned collection of spaces.
Guest rooms and bathrooms, alongside an interior pool rest on the basement floor, where a light shaft ensures enough natural light. The ground floor shelters the entrance, a bright double-height living room with integrated kitchen and dining area for socializing and entertaining, the home office and a bathroom. The first floor is occupied by a more private living area where the family can gather to share their news and stories, a gallery and two children’s bedrooms with dressing rooms and bathrooms. The attic floor, complete with a roof terrace on three sides, comforts the parents with a seamless space consisting of a bed, washbasin, bath tub, bathroom-box and dressing area, all creating a fabulous master bedroom. Although it might seem large, this residence is perfect for the family living here.
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.