BLLTT House was recently completed by Enrique Barberis in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The massive residence consists of two levels wrapped in a modern rectangular shape and visually “continued” with a swimming pool. Geometry was taken further with triangular piercings adorning the lateral and back walls of the building. White, red and black were chosen for the exterior finishes, pleasantly contrasting the green surroundings.
As you step inside, you are greeted by imposing rooms with tall ceilings and minimalist arrangements, enhancing a feeling of soberness. The main living zone communicates with the swimming pool and is completely dependent on natural lighting during daytime. The color palette exhibited by the exterior is subtly brought indoors, complementing the presence of wood. Showcasing contemporary materials and generously-sized living spaces, BLLTT House seems especially developed for an opulent getaway. How would you comment on its design?
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
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.