Fernau + Hartman Architects completed an energy-efficient, interesting looking contemporary home located in Santa Ynez, California, USA. The property belongs to a couple of serious art collectors and former gallery owners and consists of various protected courtyards, a swimming pool, a detached studio and a guest house. According to the architects, the clients “wanted a small, energy-efficient home that engaged the landscape and embraced the rural setting.”
“The main volume of the house is an east-west oriented wedge which functions as the dining/living space. The kitchen and master bedroom pierce this wedge and extend out to form protected courtyards on the north and south. The studio/guest house stands free of the main structure and defines and shelters the entry”. The refined tastes of the owners can be seen all throughout the interiors below which inspire elegance and good taste. Concrete and wood were the main materials employed, resulting in an overall effect of natural warmth.
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
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.