Presenting an unusual round shape, the Loukas Residence envisioned by Vardastudio Architects & Designers in Paphos, Cyprus caught our attention. The architects explain that the client’s wish for a “round house” came as a surprise. But overcoming all challenges, they managed to develop a round shaped concrete building, with a semi detached rectangle entrance. In the middle, there is a semi-circular modern outdoor swimming pool partially mirroring the villa.
According to the official description, “the house has a natural flow, it is spacious and structure is characterized by total simplicity. The plot is in a busy road, so the semicircle acts like a natural road boundary. Internal, everything is rotated around the semicircle pool that acts as a referee point of the whole project, as it can be seen by every spot in the house. By that semicircular volume, under-hangs a wooden one, where the office is. By that way the visual view of the circle is interrupted“. How would you comment on its original architecture?
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