When developing the plans for A House in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the team at Estudio GMARQ had to anticipate the needs of the clients: “During the first meetings with our clients, a couple with no children, they made it clear that they had no preconceived idea of how their future house should look like or how it would be.” After several meetings of brainstorming ideas, the perfect lot was found and the building design was achieved taking into consideration all possible situations, from daily life to important social events.
House A is structured on two levels: the ground floor accommodates the public area, visually marked by stone walls on the exterior. The generously-sized social zone connects with a terrace and overlooks the swimming pool. A service zone with garage can be accessed through an opposite entrance. The first floor (delimited by light gray stucco) hosts all private spaces for the couple and their future children.
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.