R/D House was envisioned by Tel Aviv-based Paritzki & Liani Architectsas an original single family residence in a seaside location in Hofit, Israel. The exterior architecture of the residence is interesting to say the least: “In order to give the gradients a shape we redesigned the site with oblique planes connected linearly and following the axis of the orientation of the curves of the various levels. Then we inserted the volume of the house as though it were a further new tense line in the fabric of the territory“, explained the architects.
“The continuation of the house’s topography can even be appreciated from the inside; this is because the living room has a long window which visually connects the gardens at various levels as well as the two extremities of the lot. The site/block begins as an incision into the ground to carve out the service area and the garage, and then it slowly curves by gradations to arrive at the entrance/living room and then to re-emerge in the zigzagging of the blocks built on two levels overlooking the sea“. The plan of the house leaves plenty of room for an internal patio with a high outdoor relaxation potential.
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
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests