GV-17 House was envisioned by AVP Arhitekti + SANGRAD as a practical and welcoming home for a family living in Martin na Muri, Croatia. The residence is neighbored by an orchard and offers great views of a more distant forest. According to the architects, the concept behind the building was to “start from the simplest idea of the house and rotate the upper part. By doing so, an L- shaped elevation was achieved, which accentuated the entrance and covered part of the terrace on the ground floor“.
White plaster and dark cement plates chromatically define the two levels of the the GV-17 project. The interior design is minimalist with simple planning creating functional living zones. The ground floor hosts a generously-sized hallway, a living area and kitchen, while the first level accommodates two bedrooms and a study gallery in between, connected to the outdoor terrace. Have a look and tell us what you think!
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
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.