Studio Pupogaspar Arquitetura completed the design of a massive 4,410 square foot contemporary home in Campinas, a Brazilian city of São Paulo State. The home was entitled Residencia NJ and combines state-of-the-art technology with luxurious decors. Surrounded by imposing palm-trees, the white building gives away a holiday-like atmosphere, an impression enhanced by the numerous terraces, large swimming pool and many windows.
A paved alley leads the way towards the garage and main entrance. Once inside, a potential beholder is likely to feel overwhelmed by the size of the living room. To top it all, the living room is continued by a poolside terrace with comfortable lounge furniture, ideal for having many, many guests over. Colorful lighting schemes can completely transform this place during the evenings into a heavy partying zone. The focal point of the interior is a subtly arched stairway, connecting the social areas below with the bedrooms on the second floor. Looking forward to your reactions on this one!
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.