New Zealand-based studio Creative Space Architectural Design has recently completed a 2,580 square foot contemporary Show Home for builder Calley Building. The project is located in the Lakes, a subdivision of Tauranga in New Zealand and is said to make an example that innovative design does not need to come at a high cost. Constructed around a central green yard, the residence is flooded in natural light all day long. A cantilevered roof provides shade and protects against weather. The interiors are spacious, modern and cozy. The open plan living room acts as the core of the house and displays a minimalist furniture arrangement. A modern fireplace heats up the atmosphere. All the rooms communicate with the green yard in the center through sliding doors. Do you find this architecture approach interesting or too privacy invading?
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
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