The Canterbury Residence, designed by Canny is a graceful contemporary home, inspired by the summer breeze and sun. Let’s start with the terrace. Two words to describe it: absolutely stunning! Perceived as a floating wooden “island”, “lost” in the middle of the swimming pool, the terrace is a gorgeous place to sit and enjoy your lemonade on a hot summer day or to relax and listen to the whisper of nature, at dawn. “The fully-tiled pool with granite stepping stones marries in beautifully with the stonework of the adjacent alfresco area; and the spotted gum decking flows from the polished floorboards of the main living area to provide an inviting exterior island oasis”.
The residence is characterised by transparence and breeziness. Most of the walls were replaced by sliding windows, bringing more light and more of the “outside” inside the house. Very spacious (with 4 bedrooms and 4 living areas), the Canterbury Residence is definitely a good place to live and feel the summer (thrill). Neat, elegant and more than casual, this is the ultimate dream house for those who dream of a carefree lifestyle.
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
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.