With a stunning view over the Peconic Bay, the Clearhouse (with a very suggestive and inspired name) surprises you with its openness. The house, located nearby the lake, in Shelter Island, New York, USA, is the work of Stuart Parr Design. Forget the classic walls! This is an environment that exhales transparence, inviting the nature inside the house! The lush surroundings are the perfect place to go for a walk and rediscover the simple things in life. The lovely, emerald green environment helps you feel rejuvenated and clear your mind. Clearhouse gives you the opportunity to “feed” your body, mind and soul. People wait an entire year to taste the sweet flavour of vacation. This house was designed to meet the expectations of those who want an extremely relaxing home, all year round.
Clearhouse is a modern one story residence, suspended over the ground level. The lack of regular walls favours surprising views. The uncluttered and breezy interior boasts intriguing home decorations, inspired by…life (there are human body parts decorations and stuffed animals). The suspended fireplace creates a truly amazing atmosphere and the clear, crisp and spacious interior transform this living space into a dream home. What’s not to like about this house?
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.