Embedded in the landscape of San Manuel, Melipilla, Chile, MJ house was envisioned by COMUNarquitectos and comes with a surprising interior and exterior appearance. The residence was especially developed for a family of engineers and their two children and has a total surface of 145 square meters. According to the architects, the overall design of the project was inspired by features of Tokyo architecture: “One of the things we saw in the houses of Japan, both traditional and contemporary, is a closed condition to the street to open condition inward, a result of the complex relationship between the public and private realms of Japanese society. Inspired by this, the house has both conditions, closed to the public road and open to the landscape. However, we wanted to propose a dialog between these opposed conditions. This led us to create an overlap on the roof and achieve an open relationship between the two sides through windows, framed views, and the access of light”. How would you comment on this project? Do you find this to be a good example of cross-country architecture inspiration?
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.