The Punta Brava 2 Residence was designed by Barcelona-based studio DNA Barcelona Architectsand is located in Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain. The imposing 5,636 square foot home overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and was especially design to balance intimacy and openness towards nature. According to the architects, the location of this residence was determined by the “slope of the plot, providing a home to two levels with terrace and gardens that surround it, establishing a direct link between the interior and exterior at all times. Therefore it is decided to locate the house on the highest point of land, to ensure the views, while the pool and garden are at the bottom. At the top level are the entrances to the house and common areas like living room, kitchen and sun terrace. At the main entrance is accessed from the street above, either by car or on foot, through a majestic path across the garden. The distribution of this top volume is designed to ensure the enjoyment of the terrace with fantastic sea views and sunsets”. Can you tell us your overall opinion regarding the architecture and design of this project?
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
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city