Combining a requirement for luxury with the latest ideas in modern decor, Reid Smith Architects & Len Cotsovolos ( Interior Architectural Designer ) completed Lower Foxtail Residence, a “sparkling residence of glass and clean lines tucked in among predominantly rustic cabins in the Yellowstone Club.” With a remote location and plenty of lush greenery surrounding the building, this Montana house raises the bar when it comes to contemporary US living. Its exterior defined by the use of stone, wood and glass somewhat manages to hide the design treats inside
There is more to this place than initially meets the eye and stepping into the generously-sized open plan living area will prove just that. According to the architects, the entire South-facing wall is constructed of triple-pane Unilux windows to capture stunning views of the surroundings. The social area is filled with natural light, emphasizing on the hi-end design features throughout. The overall dark color palette ensures an elegant feel and redirects the attention on the natural delight outdoors.
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.