We know you guys are very much into large holiday-inspiring dream homes with breathtaking sea views and this particular property is the ultimate display of all the above. Located in Puerto de Andratx, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the villa (discovered on Sotheby’s) is a perfect romantic retreat and a good example of how nature can become one with every interior. Even though the most spectacular feature of the villa is its generously-sized, poolside terrace, as one steps inside, more design surprised are revealed.
According to the official project description, the residence offers “large living and dining areas, two large bedroom suites, an en suite double room as well as a self contained guest suite which comes with kitchen, all rooms lead to terraces. Split level terraces with BBQ area wrap around the infinity pool.Further there is a top quality designer kitchen, sauna, ample secure parking spaces, surveillance cameras and state of the art climate control technology“. So- did we stir your appetite for a long and comfortable holiday in Spain?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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