Enchanting surroundings make the Ty-Hedfan House (the hovering house) more than just a 2,400 square foot house – it is a magnificent vacation residence for those who want to rent it. Designed by London-based architectural studio Featherstone Young, the rental residence is also eco-friendly, having solar panels, heat pumps and water recycling features. Designed to offer the best in recreational vacation renting, the four bedroom residence welcomes guests with the same comfort and luxury as it would its owners: “We designed it as our family home and without compromise, to be a totally unique, utterly modern and luxurious hideaway deep in the Welsh hills. Ty Hedfan can sleep up to 10 people in five double bedrooms (3 en-suite). You can enjoy the large living room floating over the river, lounge on one of the two riverside external decks, entertain in the vast kitchen and dining area or just relax next to a roaring log fire in the library or living rooms.” Overlooking a valley river close to the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, the comfortable contemporary vacation home is surrounded by a wide range of possibilities for spending free time: mountain biking, fishing, canoeing or climbing. With an impressive architecture like the one you can see in the photos, who wouldn’t want to spend at least a relaxing weekend there?
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
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