Away from the hustle of big city life, this imposing new residence rests among agricultural lands of Cornwall, Connecticut. Home to a writer who needed a major lifestyle change, this residence named the Spence House is part of Metcalfe Architecture‘s portfolio. Looking at its wonderful facade, a set of carefully placed windows open the interiors to a powerful connection with the serene landscape. Sustainable materials were combined with a selection of quality furnishings to create an expressive display of the owner’s personality. Thanks to Inhabitat, we get to see just how inspiring this house is – soaring ceilings capture a world of comfort underneath, while the exterior facade gathers green views from all directions with the help of vertical and horizontal windows. The Spence House was intended as a comfortable home in the forest, where surrounding nature and modern design meet in an intimate set of dynamic spaces.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
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