CCS Architecture defined this stratified 5 000-square-foot house in Mill Valley, taking into account the magnificent surroundings and offering the best views. Surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation, the house represents an escape from the urban routine, letting your brave soul find its inspiration into this delightful décor shaped by the nature. The house is envisioned as a project on three levels (floors), with wide windows that were specially designed to capture the beauty of the oversized redwoods. Then again, there’s the terrace – an extended platform that connects the main house to a different smaller structure (more intimate), where you can just sit and enjoy the sunrise, with a glass of fresh orange juice in your hands.
Like we previously mentioned, the Mill Valley residence has three levels and each level is emphasised through a different type of material. The lower floor is wrapped in concrete (basically built into the hillside), the first floor in natural copper and the upper one in cement plaster. Due to the owner’s special interest in visual arts, a considerable part of the lower floor has been transformed into a painting studio and a gallery.
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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
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