Lake Drive House Addition was envisioned and implemented byMartin Holub Architects and consist of a 600 square feet addition to an existing house located in Rhinebeck, New York.. The new project (found on Architizer) accommodates a meeting room, a laundry room, a bathroom, a generous hot tub and a lounge area connected to an outdoor patio. According to the architects, the owner hoped that the new building would be “an integral part of the house, rather than an obvious slap on. He also hoped that the addition would significantly enhance the design standard of the house“. The glass enclosed addition is the result of a minimalist architecture approach. The materials used- glass, concrete, stone and western red cedar- contribute to a modern looking construction that can host a variety of activities. What is your personal opinion concerning the overall design of this home addition?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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