Casa Acapulco was designed by architects Flavio Castro Arquitectos and is a 3,660 square-foot two-story home is located in Guarujá, Brazil. The house is composed of six squares grouped in pairs. Within this compositional rule, two subtractions were made at opposite ends to form two venues: the garage and playground. The left part of the house provides a continuous living space for the residents, with the help of a succession of rooms and leisure facilities. The metallic self-supporting staircase cuts the succession of rooms at one point, creating a visual filter between the public street and private rear patio. The left side of the property is a modern home addition. Between the two areas, there is a linear space which forms the border between the gradual abundant spaciousness of the rooms on the left and the services zone (the annex) on the right. [Photography by Marcelo Scandaroli]
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.