A home with a view is more than just a home. Call it inspirational, relaxing or simply beautiful, but when a home is blessed with beautiful surroundings, the site completely transforms it, from a regular home to a picturesque dream home! Coeur D’Alene Cabin, a project defined by Uptic Studios, in North Idaho (Coeur D’Alene Lake), is a wonderful vacation house, a spot where you can feel blissful and excited about the lush vegetation surrounding the house, the lake, the dusks and the dawns. Moreover, this summer residence is a cozy home, exhaling a strong sense of privacy. The perfect getaway – or to put it in simple words, the home away from home.
“The view from the site was an important aspect to the client and integral to the design. To maximize outdoor space and connection to the landscape, columns were absent on the deck. A steel beam system supports the cantilevered roof and allows the windows to extend to the ceiling, blurring the delineations between indoor and outdoor spaces. Large sliding doors and indoor/outdoor kitchen counters create a unique relationship between the deck and indoor common areas.” The interior mixes concrete and wood, unveiling a neat, uncluttered design. The living room offers a panoramic view over the lake. Picture the perfect Sunday morning, on the terrace, overlooking the clear, serene waters, just enjoying the shy rays of light and the fresh air.
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