French Riviera enthusiasts will probably fall for this highly modern villa situated just a 15 minute drive away from the city of Monaco. Villa Baie (discovered on Leo Trippi) is conveniently perched on the heights of Villefranche, offering panoramic sea views from each of its five bedrooms. Inside and out, the retreat is characterized by refinement and opulence.
Even a quick, general view of the place will reveal impressive features: “The exteriors are set with extensive furnished terraces and a heated infinity pool facing the sea that extends with a garden. The interiors bathed with sunlight comprise, on the upper floor an entrance hall from the parking and garage, the master suite with dressing and bathroom, one double bedroom with bathroom and one double bedroom with shower, all opening onto the solarium terrace“. The rooms are minimalist, yet exude daring colors, giving away a feeling of energy. Enjoy the photos!
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.
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