With a set of bright interior spaces that seem to mirror the surrounding landscape, the residence located at 416 Calle Cabo on Costa Rica’s Papagayo Peninsula, pampers its inhabitants with a selection of modern entertainment zones and private relaxing spaces. Occupying 5,600 square feet of the 1.25-acre property, the contemporary display of powerful architecture was separated into 4,300 square feet of interior spaces and additional 1,300 square feet of outdoor zones. Framing views of Costa Rica’s inspiring landscape, large windows in the living space compose a dialogue between natural forces and man-made architecture. Four bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half baths welcome owners in a retreat-like home overlooking green expanses of the nearby golf course, while the living and entertaining zones complete with an infinity pool, create a delightful seamless space to enjoy with family and friends. Part of the heavenly Peninsula Papagayo, this luxury residence offers the best of both worlds – an elegant design set in a picturesque landscape.
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
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.