We were recently sent photos and information regarding a renovation project of a pre-war ‘Old Queenslander house‘ located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The creative minds behind the project were the Building Planners, a couple sharing a passion for achieving good design on a budget. Here is an excerpt from the press release we were sent: “The additions and remodeling was co-designed by the clients, who had a fair idea of what he wanted. Carlos and Sarah contributed with ideas and possibilities to fit within the budget.
As we were active to keep the costs down on materials and construction, our clients were able to have more room to move with design features and gadgets for the home such as c-bus system to control pretty much everything from control panels, such as the block out blinds, lights, air conditioning, pool and home theater. Some of the new features include polished concrete, bi-fold doors, mirror backsplash, integrated appliances, vitrified tiles and frameless shower screens”. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Carlos and Sarah from The Building Planners ]
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
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.