Envisioned by Alblasserdam-based Centric Design Group, Villa in the Dunes in the Netherlands exudes a highly modern design, spiced up by original details. The residence is surrounded by lush landscape, which sets aside the need for tall fences or closed facades. Instead, when approaching the house, you are greeted by a generously-sized terrace elegantly delimited by a brick wall. It is here that you will find plenty of outdoor leisure opportunities and not to mention very comfortable lounge furniture.
As you step inside, you are welcomed by an open plan living and dining space, perfectly framing the surrounding views. The fireplace wall does a great job at functionally dividing the space. The kitchen communicates with the dining table area, but is hidden from the living zone. Each bedroom features a king -sized bed, a TV and large windows. The most spectacular interior of the residence is probably the swimming pool room, a showcase of elegance and simplicity.
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.