Meet this versatile space, a house that is so flexible that can be used as a calm retreat when you are getting enough of that too-fast-moving-forward world called city, as the coolest party spot or as your less regular home, surrounded by an airy and carefree site. Located nearby the river, in the picturesque region of Brittany, France, the D House is a space that connects the human to its natural ambient through open space living rooms, natural materials and last, but not least, through the relaxing ambience that Lode Architecture managed to create.
The location is really impressive, especially during autumn, when the leaves start falling in a playful manner, creating eventually a colourful thick carpet around the house. If you’re into sports, you can explore your limits and try a ride with the kayak on the river. The interior is neat and spacious, without being too edgy nor sophisticated. Its striking simplicity is exactly what you need when you arrive in a place such as this. “Life is organised here around the hearth, the stairs and a central cooking island. All around you, panoramic views of the undergrowth and beyond the river are offered by the upstairs floor.Wells of light passing through the upstairs floor invite the sky into this blended landscape. On the ground, the stone disappears, the windowed angles fade. We live inside the wood.”
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
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts