Located in Stavanger, Norway, Casa Kolonihagen by Tommie Wilhelmsen was especially developed as a summer holiday residence and accommodates a small bed and a living area. The project reflects the modern Scandinavian way of life- not too flashy, nor too common, balance being a major factor of the design. Believe it or not, this contemporary architecture gem has only 24 square meters of inside living space. But this is probably not an issue for the inhabitants, as they likely spend most times outdoors, in the beautiful green surroundings.
Despite the small costs and elementary design, the interiors are warm and welcoming. A beautiful deck hints the way towards the entrance, which leads to the living space. With a white and blue color palette, this room exudes intimacy and cheerfulness together. A small white chair in the middle takes you to the comfortable suspended bed- a creative idea which we fell for instantly.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
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